Glossary

Kuputaka

All terms Māori terms only

    A strong knowledge base

    Mōhiotanga

    Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA)

    Academic Quality Agency is an independent body established and owned by Universities New Zealand, which reviews academic quality monitoring systems and advises on good practice and quality-assurance issues

    ACE

    Adult and Community Education

    Achievement standard

    A nationally registered set of learning outcomes and associated assessment criteria.   Achievement standards are derived from the New Zealand Curriculum.

    Actual average duration offset

    Recalculates STMs adjusting funding where learners have been enrolled longer, on average, than the estimate (the nominal duration) made by the ITO.

    Adult and Community Education (ACE)

    Provides community-based education, foundation skills and pathways into other learning opportunities that meet the needs of the community.

    Adult Literacy Educator Fund

    Provides support for educators studying for qualifications in teaching adult literacy and numeracy.  

    Ako

    Effective teaching and learning for, and with, Māori Learners and the conditions that support it.

    Ako Aotearoa

    Champions of Excellence in tertiary teaching and learning excellence in New Zealand

    Ako Panuku

    A Ministry of Education professional development programme for Māori teachers in year 7-13.  

    Ākonga

    Learner or student.

    ALE

    Adult Literacy Educator fund

    Allocation

    The approved allocation for each provider or fund as decided by the relevant delegated authority.

    AMFM

    Annual Maximum Fee Movement policy which sets limits on fees that TEOs can change learners enrolled in SAC level 3 and above funded courses.

    AMP

    Analyse My Performance is a Workspace application where TEOs can view, download and analyse their educational performance information for SAC and YG funding.

    Analyse My Performance

    A Workspace application where TEOs can view, download and analyse their educational performance information for SAC and YG funding, prior to this information being published on the TEC website.

    Apprentice

    A person receiving Apprenticeship training.  Covers both a modern apprentice and a New Zealand apprentice.                       

    Appropriation

    The Government's assignment of money for a special purpose, generally through its annual Budget.

    AQA

    Academic Quality Agency is an independent body established and owned by Universities New Zealand, which reviews academic quality monitoring systems and advises on good practice and quality-assurance issues.

    Assessment Tool

    An Online tool that provides robust and reliable information on the reading, writing and numeracy skills of adults.

    Better Public Services

    Public sector reforms set out by the Government.  Educational goals focus on boosting skills and employment, and increasing the numbers of learners gaining qualifications (at level 4 and above) after qualifications.

    BGA

    The Business Growth Agenda is an ambitious programme of work that will support New Zealand businesses to grow, in order to create jobs and improve New Zealanders' standard of living.

    BPS

    The Better Public Services programme is the next phase in the Government's public sector reforms and is squarely focused on getting the system working to delivery better results and improved services to New Zealanders.

    Build effective partnerships

    Mahi ngātahi

    Business Growth Agenda

    Initiatives and policy reforms that will help New Zealand businesses to grow.  Focuses on six key areas: export markets, innovation, infrastructure, skilled and safe workplaces, natural resources and capital.                                                                                          

    CE

    The Community Education fund is for adult and community education and literacy, numeracy and English language provision.

    Centres of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs)

    A collaboration between tertiary education providers and stakeholders to enhance our partnerships with the Asia Pacific region. CAPEs will be cross-institutional centres of excellence, in the language, culture, politics and economics of countries or groups of countries within the Asia-Pacific region.

    Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs)

    Networks of researchers working together.  Each CoRE is hosted by a university.   Partner organisations include other universities, Crown research institutes and wānanga.

    Champion aspiration

    Whakangākau

    Code of Good Practice for New Zealand Apprenticeships

    Sets out the responsibilities and expectations of all parties involved in a New Zealand Apprenticeship: the apprentice, the employer and the industry training organisation.                                                                                    

    Cohort

    A group of people who share common characteristics or experiences within a defined timespan.  May be characteristic-based  (e.g. ethnicity, gender); event-based (e.g. left school, enrolled in tertiary education);  or both (e.g. Māori students who left school in 2014).

    Cohort-based qualification completion rate

    The cohort-based qualification completion rate measures how many learners in a starting cohort go on to complete a qualification at the same level after a given amount of time.

    Commitments

    A template used in the Workspace 2 online data platform.   It collects a TEO's mix of provision (MoP) or Educational Performance Indicator Commitments (EPIC) commitments as part of the Investment Plan process.

    Community Education

    Funds foundational level literacy, numeracy and English language skills for adult learners who have low skills in these areas.

    Compulsory student service fee (CSSF)

    Tertiary education organisations (TEOs) can charge domestic students a fee to help fund the costs of delivering student services such as health care and recreational activities.

    Consortia

    A cooperative arrangement among groups or institutions.  We fund TEOs as part of a consortium for Māori and Pasifika Trades Training and ICT Graduate Schools.

    Consortium

    A cooperative arrangement among groups or institutions.  We fund TEOs as part of a consortium for Māori and Pasifika Trades Training and ICT Graduate Schools.

    CoREs

    Centres of Research Excellence are inter-institutional networks of researchers working together on a commonly agreed work programme.  Each hosted by a university and comprising several partner organisations including other universities.

    Course classification

    Each course or programme of study  we fund is given a classification based on the subject matter and sometimes on the level or duration of a course's home qualification.

    Course completion

    Where a student meets the academic requirements of a course (i.e. a pass).  May also refer to an unsuccessful course completion (i.e. a fail).  Different from a withdrawal, where a student does not complete the course.

    Course completion rate

    The successfully completed enrolments in courses at a TEO each year, as a proportion of the total enrolments in courses, weighted by the EFTS value of the enrolments.

    Credit

    One credit represents a notional 10 hours of learning, practice and assessment time with respect to the outcomes and contexts of a standard. One full-time year of study equates to 120 credits or 1 EFTS.

    Credit completion

    Represents the credits achieved by trainees at an ITO, as a proportion of the total number of credits trainees are expected to complete in a given period at each ITO.

    Credits

    One credit represents a notional 10 hours of learning, practice and assessment time with respect to the outcomes and contexts of a standard.  One full-time year os study equates to 120 credits or 1 EFTS.

    CSSF

    Compulsory student service fee is a fee that Tertiary education organisations can charge domestic students to help fund the costs of delivering student services such as health care and recreational activities.

    CSV

    Comma-separated values

    Data accuracy

    One of the components of data quality. It refers to whether the data values stored for an object are the correct values.  A correct data value must be the right value and must be represented in a consistent and unambiguous form.

    Delivery

    The provision of education by a TEO.

    Delivery site

    TEC approved delivery site for a TEO's delivery.

    Develop an Investment Approach

    Tautoko

    DFO

    Directly-funded organisations who access the Industry Training Fund directly (not via a TEO).

    DFS

    Direct Funding Scheme.  The Industry Training Fund (ITF) allows employers with significant numbers of industry trainees, groups of employers, Group Training Schemes and current Modern Apprenticeship Co-ordinators selected by the TEC, to access the Industry Training Fund directly (not via an ITO).

    Direct

    A nationally registered, coherent set of learning outcomes and associated assessment criteria. Achievement standards are derived from the New Zealand Curriculum. 

    Direct Funding Scheme

    Allows employers to access the Industry Training Fund directly (not via an ITO). These employers have significant numbers of industry trainees, groups of employers, Group Training Schemes and current Modern Apprenticeship Coordinators.

    Directly-funded organisation

    Organisations who access the Industry Training Fund directly (not via an ITO). These can be employers with significant numbers of industry trainees, groups of employers, Group Training Schemes and current Modern Apprenticeship Coordinators selected by the TEC.

    Disaggregation

    The process by which a qualification and its EFTS value is split into courses and their course EFTS factors, which are then allocated course classifications and funding categories to determine funding.

    Dual Pathways Pilot

    Allocates a portion of Youth Guarantee funding to successfully prepare and transition students from the world of education into the world of work.  Tertiary education providers and secondary schools will work in collaboration and partnership with employers/industries

    Education Act

    The Education Act 1989 and its subsequent amendments that reformed the administration of education in New Zealand.

    Education Act 1989

    The Act and its subsequent amendments that reformed the administration of education in New Zealand.

    Education Sector Logon (ESL)

    An identity management, authentication, authorisation and single sign-on service for the education sector. Allows you to access our systems: Workspace 2, Ngā Kete, Qlik, ITR and the Assessment Tool. Previously known as "Education Sector Authentication and Authorisation" or “ESAA”.

    Educational performance indicator (EPI)

    A group of performance indicators that give a view of how well tertiary providers are helping their students to achieve.   They show how many students progress and stay in study, and how many courses and qualifications are completed.

    Educational Performance Indicator Commitments (EPICs)

    A group of performance indicators that give a view of how well tertiary providers are helping their students to achieve.   They show how many students progress and stay in study, and how many courses and qualifications are completed.

    EDUMIS

    A unique identifier assigned to each educational body (including TEOs, schools, early childhood centres etc.)  

    Ee2e

    Engineering Education to Employment programme was set up in June 2014 to help facilitate the goal of increasing engineering graduates by 500+ per annum by 2017.

    EFM

    English for Migrants.  This programme enables migrants to participate in English Language courses, helping them settle into communities and work.

    EFTS

    Equivalent full-time student (EFTS) is a measure of consumption of education (or the size of a qualification in relation to workload).

    One EFTS unit is defined as the learner workload in a single academic year (12-month period) by a learner enrolled full-time.  Usually is 120 credits on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

    EFTS

    Equivalent full-time student (EFTS) is a measure of consumption of education (or the size of a qualification in relation to workload).

    One EFTS unit is defined as the learner workload that would normally be carried out in a single academic year (12-month period) by a learner enrolled full-time, and generally equates to 120 credits on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

    Emergency Management (ACE)

    Supports civil defence, emergency management and fire fighting volunteers to acquire the skills and accreditation they need.

    Engineering e2e

    Programme to increase engineering graduates by 500 per annum by 2017.  This partnership includes the TEC, institutes of technology and polytechnics, Business NZ, the Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) and a number of other organisations.

    Engineering Education to Employment (e2e)

    Programme to increase engineering graduates by 500 per annum by 2017.  This partnership includes the TEC, institutes of technology and polytechnics, Business NZ, the Institution of Professional Engineers (IPENZ) and a number of other organisations.

    Entrepreneurial Universities

    The initiative will establish a competitive fund for co-investment with universities to attract world-leading entrepreneurial academics to New Zealand.  Their skills and experience will foster stronger connections with overseas universities, research institutes and businesses.

    EPI

    Education performance indicator - a group of performance indicators that give a view of how well tertiary providers are helping their students to achieve.

    EPIC

    Education performance indicator commitment (EPIC).  A group of performance indicators that give a view of how well tertiary providers are helping their students to achieve.

    EPIs

    Education performance indicators that give a view of how well tertiary providers are helping their students to achieve.

    Equity Funding

    The Government's contribution to help improve access to tertiary education and the achievement of Māori learners, Pasifika learners and learners with disabilities.  It is a 'top-up' to SAC funding.

    Equivalent full-time student (EFTS)

    One EFTS unit is defined as the learner workload in a single academic year (12-month period) by a learner enrolled full-time.  Usually is 120 credits on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

    ESAA

    Education Sector Authentication and Authorisation.  An identity management, authentication, authorisation and single sign-on service for the education sector.

    FAL

    Final approval letter.  A letter to the TEO that sets out the terms and conditions on which funding is provided in accordance with a funding mechanism.

    Financial Monitoring Framework

    The FMF's provide an initial assessment of the financial wellbeing of a TEI or TEO.

    Financial performance monitoring

    The Tertiary Education Commission is required to monitor tertiary education organisations (TEOs) which receive funding from the TEC.

    FMF

    Financial Monitoring Framework.  The FMF provides an initial assessment of the financial wellbeing of a TEI or TEO.

    Fund owner

    Has overall decision-making responsibility for administration of the fund across the sectors that access the fund (e.g. ILN fund owner decisions are applied to PTE and TEI sub-sectors) and for the success of the fund.

    fund recovery

    A recovery payable to the Tertiary Education Commission by a TEO for under-delivery, over-funding or revocation of funding.

    Fund schedule

    Was previously used for funds that were not approved via Investment Plan Approval.   It contained any fund–specific terms and conditions.  It was an appendix in a funding approval letter.

    Funding

    The funding administered by the TEC pursuant to a funding mechanism.

    Funding agreement

    An agreement used for funding that is not provided in accordance with a funding mechanism under section 159L of the Education Act 1989. The agreement sets out the terms and conditions on which funding is provided.

    Funding approval

    A decision we made under section 159YA of the Education Act 1989 to fund some or all of the tertiary education programmes and activities described in an organisation's proposed Plan.

    Funding category

    A grouping of course classifications into bands for the purpose of funding courses and programmes. The funding category is based on subject and the level of study.

    Funding condition

    An enforceable requirement imposed by the Education Act and/or the TEC that attaches to funding.

    Funding confirmation

    A letter to a TEO that sets out the terms and conditions on which funding is provided in accordance with a funding mechanism.

    Funding confirmation guidance

    Guidance we provide to help TEOs understand the information in the Funding Confirmation. The guidance is linked to the particular fund(s) specified in the Funding Confirmation.

    Funding initiative

    An initiative which does not necessarily have a separate fund associated with it.

    Funding mechanism

    The mechanism determined by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment under section 159L of the Education Act 1989 that we must use to fund organisations.  A funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of a fund which we must use to fund TEOs. 

    Funding recovery

    Under an Investment Plan, funding recovery may be made if delivery is less than 99% of the SAC delivery agreed in a Plan.  Recoveries are provided for in a number of funds where under-delivery occurs. A recovery may also be the result of an audit or a targeted review.

    Funding recovery letter

    A formal letter which is sent to a TEO advising them of a funding recovery.

    Gateway

    Provides senior secondary students (year 11 and above) with access to structured workplace learning including specific assessment methods.

    Grant funding

    A funding arrangement that is designed to support an organisation or an activity, rather than to buy goods or services.

    Hangarau

    Technology.

    Harakeke

    Flax.

    He Pitopito Kōrero

    Title of a Ministry of Education school bulletin for school leaders.

    Hei Toko I te Tukunga

    A set of sector-specific good practise exemplars, developed by Ako Aotearoa, which highlight how to embed kaupapa Māori principles into the learning environment.

    Hononga

    We partner for success

    Hui Taumata Mātauranga

    Māori education summit.

    ICT Graduate Schools

    The purpose of ICT Graduate Schools is to deliver industry-focused ICT education, and ICT research and development, built on connections between tertiary education organisations and businesses.

    ILN

    Intensive Literacy and Numeracy - Refugee English.  Provides fees-free access to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications for up to 400 refugees annually.

    ILN - ESOL

    Intensive Literacy and Numeracy - English for Speakers of Other Languages

    Immersion schools

    Schools in which students are taught through the Māori language for more than 80 percent of the time.

    Independent Tertiary Institutions

    A recognised industry peak body representing 14 large PTEs around New Zealand.   Also known as Ngā Wānanga Motuhake.

    Industry Training Fund

    Training to people in employment, in skills that will be useful to industry.  A partnership between government and industry.

    Industry training organisation (ITO)

    Industry training organisations (ITO) co-ordinate structured training for employees, both on-job and off-job. This enables employees to gain a qualification from the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) while working and earning money.

    Industry Training Organisation Strategic Leadership Fund

    The ITO Strategic Leadership Fund is used to fund proposals by industry training organisations for the development of new qualifications that the TEC expects will generate the greatest value in terms of the wider tertiary education system.

    Industry Training Register

    An online data collection service that captures information about activity in the industry training sector in near real time.

    Institute of technology and polytechnic (ITP)

    Institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) focus on delivering technical, vocational and professional education up to degree and postgraduate levels.  They also promote applied research to support vocational learning.

    Intensive Literacy and Numeracy - English for Speakers of Other Languages

    Supports the provision of fees-free English for Speakers of Other Languages programmes to adult refugees (including protected persons) and migrants who are pre-literate learners or learners who have very low levels of English language and literacy.

    Intensive Literacy and Numeracy - Refugee English

    Provides fees-free access to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualifications for up to 400 refugees annually.  Aims to support refugees to reach a level of English that will allow them to enter employment or education.

    Intensive Literacy and Numeracy Fund

    Supports the intensive provision of quality fees-free literacy, language and numeracy learning opportunities for learners with low-level literacy and numeracy skills.  Is delivered as an average 100 hours of literacy and numeracy learning per learner within a 5 to 20 week period.

    Investment Approach

    Tautoko

    The TEC's new investment approach will focus on using our levers to increase the contribution of tertiary education to improving social and economic outcomes for learners and for all New Zealanders.

    Investment Plan

    Describes how a tertiary education organisation (TEO) will achieve government priorities set out in the Tertiary Education Strategy. Includes a TEO’s mission and role in the tertiary sector and all the programmes and activities it runs.   

    ISCED

    International Standard Classification of Education.  This is a classification of levels of education ranging from zero to nine.

    ITF

    Industry Training fund.  Training to people in employment, in skills that will be useful to industry.  A partnership between government and industry.

    ITI

    Independent Training Institutions is a recognised industry peak body representing 14 large PTEs around New Zealand.

    ITO

    Industry training organisation.  Co-ordinates structured training for employees, both on-job and off-job.

    ITP

    Institute of Technology and Polytechnic.  ITPs focus on delivering technical, vocational and professional education up to degree and postgraduate levels.

    ITR

    Industry Training Register is an online data collection service that captures information about activity in the industry training sector in near real time.

    Iwi

    Extended kinship group or tribe or people.  Often refers to a large group of people descended from a common ancestor and associated with a distinct territory.

    Iwitanga

    Cultural practices, values and views specific to a particular iwi.

    Joint Ventures and Amalgamation Projects

    Part of the Industry Training Fund.

    JVAP

    Joint Ventures and Amalgamation Projects (JVAP) funding is part of the Industry Training Fund.

    Kaiako

    Teacher.

    Kaumātua

    An elder.

    Kaupapa Māori

    Initiatives, elements, or ideas, that reflect a Māori world view.

    Kaupapa Māori education

    Māori education that incorporates a Māori world view and ways of teaching in a range of settings including bilingual and immersion settings (English and Māori).

    Key Information Set

    Key Information Set is a collection of information intended to inform learners about specific qualifications provided by TEOs.

    KIS

    Key Information Set.  Is a collection of information intended to inform learners about specific qualifications provided by TEOs.

    Kōhanga Reo

    Māori education that incorporates a Māori world view and ways of teaching in a range of settings including bilingual and immersion settings (English and Māori).

    Kotahitanga

    We work as one

    Kura

    School.

    Kura kaupapa Māori

    Māori language school settings based on Māori philosophies.  

    LCP

    Limited Credit Programme.  Is a "taster" towards a particular qualification.

    Legacy fund

    Funds which are no longer current.

    literacy and numeracy

    Literacy is the written and oral language people use in their everyday life and work.  It includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Numeracy is the ability to reason and to apply simple numerical concepts.

    Literacy and Numeracy

    Literacy is the written and oral language people use in their everyday life and work.  It includes reading, writing, speaking and listening.  Numeracy is the ability to reason and to apply simple numerical concepts.

    Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool (LNAAT)

    Online tool that provides robust and reliable information on the reading, writing and numeracy skills of adults.

    LLN

    Literacy, Language and Numeracy.  The TEC has a number of funding provisions to improve Literacy, language and numeracy (LLN) skills.

    LNAAT

    Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Assessment Tool.  Online tool that provides robust and reliable information on the reading, writing and numeracy skills of adults.

    MACs

    Modern Apprenticeship Co-ordinators provide support and mentoring to Modern Apprentices and their employers throughout a Modern Apprenticeship programme.

    Mahi Ngātahi

    Build effective partnerships

    Mahi Tahi

    Work together.

    Mana

    Dignity, prestige, honour.

    Mana whenua

    Self identity and a sense of belonging to a particular place and time. Mana whenua is based on the principle of ahikaa (occupation over designated territory) and refers to the customary authority exercised by the tangata whenua in an identified area.

    Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT)

    MPTT provides fees-free tertiary places for Māori and Pasifika learners to enable them to acquire the skills and attributes to take up a New Zealand Apprenticeship at level 4 or higher on the NZQF.

    Māori language education

    All education that teaches Māori language skills and delivers education through te reo Māori.

    Mātauranga

    Knowledge.

    Mātauranga Māori

    Māori knowledge in its widest and broadest terms and includes all aspects of Māori culture.

    Medical Trainee Intern Grant

    Medical Trainee Intern Grants are paid to the University of Auckland and the University of Otago as a stipend for domestic sixth year medical trainee interns.

    Ministry of Education (MoE)

    The Government’s lead advisor on the New Zealand education system

    Mix of provision

    The provisions in a Plan that set out the activities the TEO intends to provide.

    MoE

    Ministry of Education

    MoP

    Mix of Provision.  The provisions in a plan that set out the activities the TEO intends to provide.

    MPTT

    Maori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) provides fees-free tertiary places for Maori and Pasifika learners to enable them to acquire the skills and attributes to take up a New Zealand Apprenticeship at level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

    National Certification of Educational Achievement (NCEA)

    The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealand's main national qualification for senior secondary school and is available in three levels

    National Student Index

    The National Student Index (NSI) is a database maintained by the Ministry of Education. 

    National Student Number

    The national student number (NSN) is a unique identifier, which will be a lifetime identification number that learners keep even if they study at more than one TEO.

    NCEA

    National Certification of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is New Zealand's main national qualification for senior secondary school and is available in three levels.

    New Zealand Apprenticeship

    Formal work-based training programmes leading to careers in industry.  Learners are employed in the occupation for which they are training.

    New Zealand Apprenticeships

    Formal work-based training programmes leading to careers in industry.  Learners are employed in the occupation for which they are training.

    New Zealand Apprenticeships Register

    It is a statutory requirement that the TEC maintains a register of approved New Zealand Apprenticeships (including complex arrangements).

    New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

    The Crown entity charged with ensuring that New Zealand qualifications are robust and credible nationally and internationally.

    New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF)

    A qualification system designed and administered by NZQA to structure New Zealand/National qualifications.

    New Zealand Standard Classification of Education (NZSCED)

    A qualification system designed and administered by NZQA to structure New Zealand/National qualifications.

    Ngā Kete

    Ngā Kete is a secure web portal or “doorway” into our information.  It gives us and TEOs quick access to information from multiple sources though search and browse functionality.

    Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga

    The Māori Centre for Research Excellence.

    Ngaiotanga

    We learn and innovate

    NSI

    National Student Index is a database maintained by the Ministry of Education.  The purpose of the applicatrion is to allocate a unique identifier, the National Student Numer, to every student enrolled with an education provider in New Zealand.

    NSN

    National Student Number is a unique identifier, which will be a lifetime identification number that learners keep even if they study at more than one TEO.

    NZA

    New Zealand Apprenticeship.  Is a formal work-based training programme leading to careers in industry.  Learners are employed in the occupation for which they are training.

    NZQA

    New Zealand Qualifications Authority.  The Crown entity charged with ensuring that New Zealand qualifications are robust and credible nationally and internationally.

    NZQF

    New Zealand Qualifications Framework.  A qualification system designed and administered by NZQA to structure New Zealand/National qualifications.

    NZSCED

    New Zealand Standard Classification of Education codes are used to classify courses and qualifications at tertiary level by field of study.

    off-plan

    Funding that is not approved via a Plan. This funding is approved under section 159ZC.

    Off-plan

    Funding that is not approved via a Plan. This funding is approved under section 159ZC.

    Off-Plan condition

    A condition imposed by section 159ZD(1) or a condition the TEC imposed on funding under section 159ZD(2).  

    Off-Plan funding

    Funding that is not approved via a Plan. This funding is approved under section 159ZC.

    Off-Plan funding approval letter

    A letter to advise the TEO that funding has been approved under section 159ZC in accordance with a funding mechanism. It sets out the terms and conditions on which funding is provided.

    Offset

    A deduction that is applied to an ITO based on not meeting learner performance or enrolment criteria. There are two STM offsets (actual average duration and over enrolment) and one funding offset (under achievement).

    On- and off-Plan funding approval letter

    A letter to advise the TEO that funding has been approved under sections 159ZC and 159YA in accordance with a funding mechanism.  It sets out the terms and conditions on which funding is provided.

    On-Plan condition

    A condition imposed by section 159YC(1) or a condition the TEC imposed on funding under section 159YC(2).

    On-Plan funding

    Funding that is approved via a Plan. This funding is approved under section 159YA.

    On-Plan funding approval letter

    A letter to advise the TEO that funding has been approved under section 159YA in accordance with a funding mechanism.  It sets out the terms and conditions on which funding is provided.

    Our internal capability

    Whakapakari

    Pasifika

    An umbrella term for a diverse range of peoples from the South Pacific region.  Includes Samoan, Cook Island, Tongan, Niuean, Tokelauan, and Fijian peoples,  or people within New Zealand who have strong family and cultural connections to Pacific Islands.

    Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017

    The Government's education strategy aimed at raising Pasifika learners’ participation, engagement and achievement from early learning through to tertiary education.

    Pasifika Initiatives

    Initiatives relating to Pasifika educational outcomes.

    Pasifika Perspectives

    Paskifka cultural beliefs and world views.

    Pasifika Strategies

    Strategies relating to improving Pasifika educational outcomes.

    Pathways Awarua

    Part of the suite of national resources we developed to help adult learners strengthen their numeracy, reading and writing competencies.  Awarua is the name of a pattern which is used in rāranga - Māori weaving. In the learning context Awarua reflects the connections that often occur between literacy and numeracy as they “weave” through programmes and courses.

    PBRF

    Performance-Based Research Fund.  This appropriate is limited to funding research-based teaching on the basis of measured research quality in tertiary education organisations.

    Peak body

    An association of organisations of allied interests.  Formed to represent the collective views of its members to government, the community and other bodies.

    PELT

    PELT is Pre-purchased English Language Tuition, previously known as English for Migrants. This programme enables migrants to participate in English language courses, helping them settle into communities and work.  Some migrants are required to pre-pay English Language Tuition (PELT) fees to Immigration New Zealand before arriving in New Zealand.  We administer this pre-purchased tuition.

    PEP

    Pasifika Education Plan 2013 - 2017.  The Government's education strategy aimed at raising Pasifika learners' participation, engagement and achievement from early learning through to tertiary education.

    Performance Consequences Framework

    The Performance Consequences Framework is a process that assists TEC to define performance expectations and manage individual tertiary education organisation (TEO) performance. It also ensures confidence in our decisions about how we manage differing levels of performance.

    Performance Improvement Framework

    A review of an agency's fitness-for-purpose.  It looks at the current state of an agency, then how well placed it is to deal with the issues that confront it in the medium-term future.      

    Performance indicator

    A performance indicator is agreed between the TEC and an individual TEO and is used to measure whether proposed outcomes are being achieved.

    Performance indicators

    The indicators that are agreed between the TEC and an individual TEO that are used to measure whether proposed outcomes are being achieved.  They form part of a TEO's Investment Plan.

    Performance monitoring

    The monitoring we carry out for the TEOs we fund.

    Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF)

    Funds research and research-based teaching on the basis of measured research quality in tertiary education organisations.  Aims to increase or maintain the quality of research and research-based teaching and learning and to improve investment in research within the tertiary sector.

    Performance-linked funding

    A system introduced in 2010 to encourage all TEOs to reach an acceptable standard of educational performance.  From 2012, it links five percent of providers' SAC funding to their performance in the EPIs in the previous year.

    PIF

    Performance Improvement Framework.  A joint central agency initiative to help senior leaders improve the performance of the agencies they lead.

    Plan

    An Investment Plan (Plan) must describe how a tertiary education organisation (TEO) will achieve government priorities set out in the Tertiary Education Strategy.  It includes a TEO’s mission and role in the tertiary sector,  all the tertiary education programmes and activities they run.  Covers  the outcomes proposed by a TEO, including performance indicators.

    Plan content

    The required content of a proposed Plan that the TEC has prescribed and given public notice of in accordance with section 159R of the Education Act 1989.

    Plan criteria

    We use these to assess proposed Plans to determine if they will receive funding approval.  Governed by section 159Y of the Education Act 1989.

    Plan exempt

    A PTE, school and CEP who is exempt from the requirement to submit a Plan.

    Plan exemption

    A PTE, school and CEP that receives less than $3 million in TEC funding and meets organisation performance requirements may be exempt from the requirement to submit a Plan.

    Plan guidance

    Guidance we publish on the content and process for criteria used to assess proposed Plans. Governed by section 159F of the Education Act 1989.

    Plan Guidance

    Guidance we publish on the content and process for criteria used to assess proposed Plans. Governed by section 159F of the Education Act 1989.

    Plan summary

    Organisations with Plans must make summaries available to the public.  Summaries include the matters we have prescribed under section 159YO of the Education Act 1989.

    PLF

    Performance-linked funding.  A system introduced in 2010 to encourage all TEOs to reach an acceptable standard of educational performance.

    Pre-purchased English Language Tuition

    This programme enables migrants to participate in English language courses, helping them settle into communities and work.  Some migrants are required to pre-pay English Language Tuition (PELT) fees to Immigration New Zealand before arriving in New Zealand.  We administer this pre-purchased tuition.

    Private training establishments (PTEs)

    Private training establishments (PTEs) deliver foundation level programmes and qualifications, up to higher level post-graduate qualifications, depending on their educational subject areas. PTEs are diverse in terms of mission, scale of operation, location, culture and educational subject area.

    Programme completion

    This indicator measures the number of programmes being completed by trainees, as a proportion of the total number of credits arranged at each TEO.

    Provision

    Education or learning provided by a tertiary education organisation.

    PTE

    Private training establishment (PTEs) delivery foundation level programmes and qualifications, up to higher level post-graduate qualifications, depending on their educational subject areas.

    PTEs

    Private training establishment (PTEs) delivery foundation level programmes and qualifications, up to higher level post-graduate qualifications, depending on their educational subject areas.

    Pūtaiao

    Science.

    QA

    Quality Assurance.  The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is the body primarily responsible for quality assurance matters in the tertiary education sector.

    Quality Assurance

    New Zealand Qualifications Authority has overall national responsibility for the approval, accreditation and registration of tertiary education organisations (other than universities) and the programmes they provide. Universities New Zealand is responsible for the approval and quality assurance of university qualifications.

    Rangahau

    Research. Can be applied to research specifically about issues of interest to and for Māori.

    Rangatahi

    Māori youth.

    Raranga

    Weaving.

    Rate my Qualification

    Provides information to prospective tertiary students on the ratings of qualifications from different TEOs by employers and recent graduates.

    Rauemi

    Resources.

    REAP

    Rural Education Activities Programme (REAP).  A REAP provider is a community-based TEO providing a flexible education resource, formal and non-formal education service for defined rural communities within geographical districts, excluding any urban areas with populations greater than 20,000.

    RMQ

    Rate My Qualification.  Will provide information to prospective tertiary students on the ratings of qualifications from different TEOs by employers and recent graduates. 

    Rural education activities programme providers (REAPs)

    A community-based TEO providing a flexible education resource, formal and non-formal education services for defined rural communities within geographical districts.   Excludes urban areas with populations greater than 20,000.

    SAC

    Student Achievement Component.  The SAC is the government funding contribution or subsidy to the costs of teaching and learners and other costs driven by student numbers.

    Schedule of approved funding

    The appendix in a funding approval letter which specifies the approved funding amounts.

    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics

    STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    SCP

    Supplementary Credit Programme (SCP) is a programme that allows trainees who have already completed a national qualification to undertake additional unit standards to upgrade or widen their existing qualifications without being required to re-sign into a full programme.

    SDR

    Single Data Return.  An electronic collection of learner enrolment and completion information.

    Search and Rescue (ACE)

    A funding pool within ACE to support volunteers to acquire the skills and accreditation they need to perform search and rescue operations.  Intended for targeted, skills-based short awards (under 40 credits each), including training schemes.

    Single Data Return (SDR)

    An electronic collection of learner enrolment and completion information.  Required by the Ministry of Education and us for funding, monitoring performance, publishing performance information and statistical reporting purposes.

    Skills Highway

    A government initiative we fund.  Established to help employers learn how workplace literacy and numeracy training can help them improve business performance.

    SLF

    The ITO Strategic Leadership Fund (SLF) is used to fund proposals by industry training organisations for the development of new qualifications that the TEC expects will generate the greatest value in terms of the wider tertiary education system.

    SMS

    Student Management System. Is a database or application which can store information relating to a TEO.

    SMS

    Student Management System.

    SOI

    Statement of Intent (SOI).  A high-level description of our operating intentions and performance expectations over the next three to five years.  Also known as Strategic Intent Document.

    SPE

    Statement of Performance Expectations.  Sets out the reportable class of outputs for the financial year and contains our forecasted financial statements.  We prepare this every financial year.

    Specialised English for Speakers of Other Languages

    Increases opportunities for adults to learn and improve their literacy and numeracy skills.  Particularly for migrants and refugees.

    SSP

    Statement of Service Performance (SSP) is a reports, or a group of reports that provide primarily non-financial information recording our performance against specified objectives.

    Standard training measure (STM)

    An STM is defined as the amount of training that is required for a trainee to achieve 120 credits (or its equivalent) in an approved structured training programme.

    STAR

    The Secondary Tertiary Alignment Resource (STAR) is administered by MoE and delivers additional operational grant funding to all State and State-Integrated schools with year 11-13+ students to assist schools, in partnership with another provider (or workplace), to provide students alternative learning experiences to support their retention and achievement in education and to help students find suitable pathways to work or further study.

    Statement of Intent

    A high-level description of our operating intentions and performance expectations over the next three to five years.  It provides the base against which we will later report in our Annual Report.

    Statement of Performance Expectations

    Sets out our reportable class of outputs for the financial year and contains our forecasted financial statements.  We prepare this every financial year.

    Statement of service performance

    Reports that provide primarily non-financial information recording our performance against specified objectives.

    STEM

    STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    STEO

    A website (www.steo.govt.nz) managed by the MoE and TEC for providing varied services to TEOs, including submitting the Single Data Return (SDR), accessing the SDR Manual, and managing courses, qualifications and delivery sites on the Course Register and the Qualifications Register.

    STM

    A Standard Training Measure (STM) is defined as the amount of training that is required for a trainee to achieve 120 credits (or its equivalent) in an approved structured training programme.

    Student Achievement Component (SAC)

    The SAC is the government funding contribution or subsidy to the costs of teaching and learning and other costs driven by student numbers. The total amount of SAC funding is calculated by multiplying the funding category rate by the number of domestic equivalent full-time students in an organisation’s Investment Plan. It constitutes nearly 70 percent of total government funding to tertiary education institutions through plans.

    Student progression

    Measured by the completion progression rate. This is a rate of re-enrolment in a higher-level qualification in the following year for students who have completed a qualification.

    Student retention

    Measured by the student completion (or continuation) rate. This is the number of re-enrolments or qualification completions at a TEO each year compared with the number of students present at the TEO in the previous year.

    StudyLink

    A division of the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) which administers Student Allowances, Student Loans and Jobseeker Support Student Hardship for people undertaking study.

    Supplementary Credit Programme

    A Supplementary Credit Programme (SCP) is a programme that allows trainees who have already completed a national qualification to undertake additional unit standards to upgrade or widen their existing qualifications without being required to re-sign into a full qualification.

    Tauira

    Learner/Student.

    Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua

    Tertiary Education Commission

    Te Ao Hurihuri

    The ever-changing contemporary world.  References the need to be able to enjoy tertiary success, good health and a high quality of life.

    Te Ao Māori

    The Māori world (society, culture, language, tikanga) and references being able to participate and contribute to whānau, hapū and iwi.

    Te Kāhui Amokura

    A group established to advance and promote the collective interests of New Zealand's universities to improve outcomes for Māori university students, Māori university staff, and Māori scholarship

    Te kete mātauranga

    A basket of knowledge

    Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

    The curriculum framework applied in Māori medium settings.

    Te reo Māori

    The Māori language

    Te Reo Rangatira

    Title referring to a set of standards designed to support students in Māori immersion settings.

    Te Tauihu o Ngā Wānanga

    A collective national association comprised of representatives from the three wānanga: Te Wānanga o Raukawa, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, and Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.

    TEI

    Tertiary Education Institution

    TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN)

    TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) is intended to increase the literacy and numeracy skills of employees; and contribute to workplace productivity through the provision and evaluation of literacy and numeracy learning in a workplace context.

    TEOs

    Tertiary Education Organisations are any organisations that supply tertiary education and/or training and/or assessment services.

    Tertiary education institutions (TEIs)

    An institution established under section 162 of the Education Act 1989.  The Crown has an ownership interest in TEIs, which include universities, institutes of technology, polytechnics and wānanga.

    Tertiary education organisations (TEOs)

    A tertiary education organisation (TEO) is any organisation that supplies tertiary education and/or training and/or assessment services.

    Tertiary Education Strategy (TES)

    Sets out the Government's long-term strategic direction for tertiary education; and its current and medium-term priorities for tertiary education.  It is required under the Education Act 1989.

    TES

    Tertiary Education Strategy (TES) sets out the Government's long-term strategic direction for tertiary education, and its current and medium-term priorities for tertiary education.

    TES Priorities

    The priorities set out in the Tertiary Education Strategy.

    TIG

    Medical Trainee Intern Grants (TIG) are paid to the University of Auckland and the University of Otago as a stipend for domestic sixth year medical trainee interns.

    Tīkanga-ā-Iwi

    Can mean iwi practices or social studies (in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa).

    Trades Academies

    Trades Academies deliver trades and technology programmes for senior secondary school students (years 11–13). They provide a transition between school and tertiary education.

    Tū Māia e Te Ākonga

    The Māori learner who stands proud, able, and confident.  Tū Māia is the name for our strategic implementation framework to support our TEC Story.  

    Umanga

    Business, industry.

    Universities New Zealand Te Pōkai Tara (UNZ)

    Universities New Zealand is responsible for the quality of university programmes, administers a range of scholarships  and represents the universities in the public interest, both nationally and internationally

    University

    A TEI defined under Section 162 of the Education Act 1989 that is characterised by a wide diversity of teaching and research, especially at a higher level.  It maintains, advances, disseminates and assists the application of knowledge, develops intellectual independence and promotes community learning.

    UNZ

    Universities New Zealand (UNZ) is responsible for the quality of university programmes.  Administers a range of scholarshjips and represents the universities in the public interest, both nationally and internationally.

    Vote tertiary education

    A Vote is a grouping of one or more appropriations that are the responsibility of a Minister of the Crown and are administered by a department. 

    Wānanga

    New Zealand’s three wānanga provide quality education using Māori ways of teaching and learning; contributing towards the survival and well-being of Māori as a people.  Wānanga also have a continuing role to play in re-engaging learners into education.

    We aim high

    Whaia te iti Kahurangi

    We learn and innovate

    Ngaiotanga

    We partner for success

    Hononga

    We work as one

    Kotahitanga

    Whaia te iti Kahurangi

    We aim high

    Whakapakari

    Our internal capability

    Whakatauākī

    A proverb.

    Whānau

    Family.

    Wharekura

    Māori-medium secondary settings based in and on Māori education philosophies.

    Workspace 2

    A secure online tool to enable electronic transactions between TEOs and us. Workspace 2 allows us to collect TEO data securely and automate the transfer of TEO data straight into our data warehouse.

    WPL

    The TEO-led Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) fund is intended to increase the literacy and numeracy skills of employees; and contribute to workplace productivity through the provision and evaluation of literacy and numeracy learning in a workplace context.

    WS2

    Workspace 2 (WS2) is a secure on-line tool to enable electronic transactions between TEOs and the TEC.

    YG

    The Youth Guarantee (YG) fund provides fees-free tertiary places for eligible domestic students aged 16 to 19 years who are studying towards NCEA levels 1 or 2 or another qualification at levels 1, 2, or 3 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

     

    Youth Guarantee

    Provides fees-free tertiary places for eligible domestic students aged 16 to 19 years who are studying towards NCEA levels 1 or 2 or another qualification at levels 1, 2, or 3 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).