As part of their ongoing change programme to ensure future sustainability, Whitireia and WelTec are consulting with their teaching staff on proposals to ensure the institutes are the right size to deliver programmes for students next year.
“Like most polytechnics, we are experiencing continued declining enrolments from domestic and international students. We are funded on the number of students we teach, not programmes offered. With fewer students enrolling year on year, we must continue to review how we resource our teaching programmes,” said Chris Gosling, Chief Executive.
The number of students in classrooms at Whitireia and WelTec, as measured by the tutor to student ratio, is significantly lower than the sector benchmark. The two institutes have 1 full-time-equivalent teaching staff member (FTE) to 15 equivalent full-time students (EFTS), on average. The sector benchmark is 1:20.
These proposals are aimed at ensuring our programme delivery is efficient while also being of a high standard.
“This is a continuation of our work over the last 12 months to ensure Whitireia and WelTec are strong, sustainable institutes. Recently we reviewed our programme portfolio to ensure it continues to meet community and industry need. We’re also continuing to explore how we can deliver our programmes via block courses, and where appropriate in the evening, to enable students to more easily study part-time or after work, while also being efficient.
“We remain committed to providing relevant education serving the needs of local employers and students. As a result of the organisational changes we are making, our communities can be confident they’ll continue to have access to a wide variety of quality vocational education programmes,” said Mr Gosling.
Staff have one month to provide feedback on the proposals.