Marley Matamua is meeting with TWoA kaimahi to organise a number of Arotake Whakarite (mock reviews) that will take place in September/October this year ahead of a New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) External Evaluation and Review (EER).
NZQA regularly undertakes these reviews to evaluate tertiary education providers’ educational performance and self-assessment capability.
The outcome of the external review can influence how a number of government departments interact with TWoA.
While NZQA sets the scope and timing for the EER with TWoA, Marley says our kaimahi have an important part to play in the process.
Marley, who is the Project Specialist, External Evaluation and Review, says NZQA will be interviewing a number of our internal and external stakeholders during next year’s review and the Arotake Whakarite are a good opportunity to prepare for this.
“NZQA will look at what is working in terms of our programmes and areas where we may need to improve.”
“It is important that all kaimahi take ownership of this review and look at it as a way to showcase how we provide education excellence and uphold our vision of ‘whānau transformation through education’, through the mission of ‘tauira success’.
“Furthermore, this process is a part of our continuing self-assessment methodology where we review and assess our own practices. This practice is called quality improvement and is a fundamental part of providing our tauira with the very best educational service.”
Marley says NZQA is also interested to know how TWoA is listening to our tauira and how we are engaging in their future.
“It is crucial that these aspects are demonstrated within the EER.”
NZQA last evaluated TWoA in 2013 and awarded the organisation a ‘Category One’ status, which is awarded to highly competent tertiary educational institutions.
TWoA aims to maintain a Category One standard.
Marley will report on the EER progress to an internal stakeholders group comprising of Tumu, Hoe Whakatere and Aukaha Poutama.
This will allow information about this major project to be communicated out into the takiwā.