One of biggest enrolling college of international students, the Primary training establishment, Cornell Institute of Business and Technolgy. lost its legal rights to teach level 5 business diploma in their college.
The Qualifications Authority said it would withdraw the Cornell institute’s accreditation to provide the level five diploma on 18 December because of concerns about the institute’s ability to assess the course. Other courses are also under annual review of audits
The action followed an audit conducted last year and published in March this year which gave the institute a quality rating of three out of four.
The audit said NZQA was not yet confident in the institute’s educational performance and ability to monitor itself and warned that the institute should not attempt to grow further until it had resolved its problems.
The NZQA audit report said the institute had four conditions placed on it at the time of the audit, one of which it had breached.
“The concerns raised prior to and during this evaluation indicate a strong need for the owners of Cornell to dramatically lift their focus on the quality of learning and teaching, including the quality of assessment.”
The Qualifications Authority had shut down courses at three other institutes this year and had also cancelled the registration of two private institutions.A Christchurch business school has lost its registration after repeated interventions by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority .
Cancelled the registration of Oasis International Education Limited, which was trading as Retail Business and Management College,(http://www.rbmc.ac.nz/) because of its educational performance and non-compliance with NZQA rules.The college was charging $17,250 for international enrollments in its level 5 and 6 business diplomas and $18,400 for its retail management diploma.
The Qualifications Authority has been cracking down on problems ranging from plagiarism and poor marking of students’ work to overcrowding of teaching spaces.
NZQA said the college was the subject of five statutory actions between May last year and the end of July this year including enrolment limits to stop overcrowding and a ban on new enrolments in a diploma course.
The college had 31 foreign students who would transfer to another institution, the authority’s deputy chief executive quality assurance, Grant Klinkum, said.
“NZQA will be ensuring students are supported at this time and provided with options to continue their studies.
“Our focus is working to transfer these students to alternative high-quality tertiary education organisations who will provide a full package of learning and support,” Dr Klinkum said.
“Cornell has high course completion rates, but breaches of assessment and moderation requirements that have led to conditions being placed on Cornell’s registration raise significant questions about the validity of these achievement rates in some programmes,” the audit report said.
A spokesperson for the institute, former NZQA manager Richard Thornton, said to Radio NZ, that it was voluntarily withdrawing from the programme, but would address the problems and was likely to seek re accreditation in about a year.Mr Thornton said there had been problems with former staff failing to pitch the course at a high enough level.
The course had 19 students and the institute, which last year had more than 1500 students, now had about 970 overall, he said.
Most students were enrolled in cookery programmes, but the institute also offered a level seven business diploma.
“In the end we’ve decided that its better to actually cease delivering the programme, do some work in the background to prepare better for it and then to come back into the market,” he said to NZ radio
The course details still placed in their website
Courtesy-John Gerritsen John Gerritsen, Education Correspondent, NZ radio