A Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) report praising the
educational and financial performance of Otago Polytechnic is
an important ''vote of confidence'' for the institution, the
polytechnic's chief executive, Phil Ker, says.
The praise was included in the yet-to-be-released 2011
Tertiary Education Performance Report, which was given to the
Otago Daily Times by Otago Polytechnic. The TEC said the
polytechnic had improved against ''almost all educational
The report showed that last year the polytechnic outperformed
institute of technology and polytechnic averages in
successful course completion, qualification completion,
student retention and student progression.
The course completion rate stood at 83%, compared to an
average of 78%, while the qualification completion rate stood
at 74%, compared to an average of 63%.
The polytechnic was also praised for the pass rates of Maori
students. Mr Ker said the report was a ''vote in confidence''
in the institution.
''It's acknowledging that we have achieved very good
performance across a range of dimensions,'' he said.
He put the institution's success down to ''having damn good
staff and jolly hard work''.
The polytechnic had continued to perform well at a time when
others in the sector were struggling because it had stayed
focused, he said.
''We have got a clear strategy for the polytechnic... and I'd
be bold enough to say that all of our staff understand the
strategy, they agree with it and they are focused.''