Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Southern Institute of Technology

Chair: Sarah Brown (to 30 April 2015)
Chief Executive: Penny Simmonds
Main Campus Key Main Campus
Invercargill
Other Campus Key Other Campus Locations
Gore, Christchurch, Queenstown
NZQA EER
Educational Performance: Confident
Self-assessment: Confident
Funding by TEC
100% Teaching and Learning
0.0% Capability
0.0% Research
0.0%Scholarships/Learners
TEC Funding
Delivery by Level
11.3% Level 1–2
37.6% Level 3–4
37.2% Level 5–6
13.9% Level 7–8
0.0%Level 9–10
Delivery By Level
Delivery by Subject
21.7% Management and Commerce
19.3% Health
17.8% Society and Culture
12.9% Creative Arts
7.5% Architecture and Building
20.8% Other
Delivery By Subject

The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) performed well in 2014 with educational performance continuing to improve and financial performance remaining solid.

Responsiveness

In the annual report, Chair Sarah Brown highlighted several of SIT’s achievements for 2014. These included the large number of graduates gaining employment in Southland and meeting the region’s unique needs and that the institute’s sound financial position ensures the Zero Fees initiative will continue for the foreseeable future.

The Chief Executive, Penny Simmonds, also highlighted several other achievements in 2014, including a 100 percent pass rate for Bachelor of Nursing graduates in the external state nursing finals examination, and positive results from the graduate destination survey, showing 98.5 percent of graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating.

Of further note was the development of a teaching and learning guide for Māori and Pasifika students; the SIT review of the academic board structure and corresponding implementation of change; the launch of SIT’s own distinctive graduation regalia; and SIT’s first graduation ceremony, which was held in Christchurch.

SIT’s enrolments increased by 3 percent (105 EFTS) on 2013 volumes bringing enrolments back to 2012 levels. Significant increases occurred in delivery at Level 4 (up 24%) and Level 5 (up 17%) with drops shared across other levels. Delivery was spread mainly across Levels 3–4 (38%), Levels 5–6 (37%), followed by Levels 7–8 (14%) and Levels 1–2 (11%). The main fields of study were Management and Commerce (22%), Health (19%) and Society and Culture (18%).

Participation of under-25-year-olds dropped, Māori remained unchanged and Pasifika participation increased, compared with 2013. Participation for each of these groups was below the ITP sector average but in line with regional demographics.

SIT delivered 85 YG EFTS (145 students) in 2014, an increase of 29 percent on 2013, and 664 full-fee paying international EFTS (1,000 students), an increase of 21 percent on 2013.

EffectivenessTop

Between 2013 and 2014, SIT achieved increases across three of the EPIs and remained on par with the ITP sector average for student progression. This continued improvement has brought SIT’s educational performance up to be in line with ITP sector averages.

Performance of the TES priority groups (Māori, Pasifika and under-25-year-olds) was mixed. Māori and under-25-year-olds improved significantly across all EPIs apart from student progression, which decreased, while Pasifika fell in terms of both course and qualification completions but achieved increases in student retention and progression. Performance of Māori and under-25-year-olds was similar to the ITP sector averages, with the exception of qualification completions for under-25-year-olds, which, at 79 percent, was 12 percentage points higher than the sector average (67%).

Educational performance for YG students dropped overall. However, course completion and student retention were above the ITP sector averages and qualification completion and student progression below sector averages. YG performance was above the TEC’s minimum performance expectations for almost all EPIs.

Financial performanceTop

In 2014, SIT achieved a net surplus of $0.7 million (1.5%), a decline of $0.6 million (–47.2%) over 2013, driven by increases in operating expenditure.

SIT’s total revenue increased by $3.5 million (7.8%) from 2013 to 2014. This is primarily due to an increase in total government funding of $0.8 million (2.4%), an increase in student fees of $1.4 million (24.6%) and an increase in other income of $1.4 million (18.8%).

Total expenditure increased by $4.2 million (9.7%) mainly due to an increase of $3.4 million (17.9%) in other operating expenditure.

Total assets have reduced by $0.4 million (–0.4%) between 2013 and 2014 to $103.8 million.

TES Priorities

Participation (SAC)
2014 Performance SIT ITP sector 
Students under 25 37% 51%
Māori 15% 24%
Pasifika 3% 10%
Course Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  SIT ITP sector 
All 79% 80%
Students under 25 80% 79%
Māori 74% 74%
Pasifika 65% 74%
Qualification Completion (SAC)
2014 Performance  SIT ITP sector 
All 73% 73%
Students under 25 79% 67%
Māori 66% 64%
Pasifika 59% 65%
Of the tertiary-aged population in the SIT region, 11% identified as Māori and 19% as under the age of 25 years. Pasifika population figures were less than 2% (based on Census 2013).
Overview of Educational Performance
Enrolments 2014 % of ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Student Achievement Component (SAC) EFTS 6% 3,581 3,476 3,582
SAC Students 6% 6,878 6,519 6,637
Youth Guarantee (YG) EFTS 4% - 60 85
YG Students 4% - 74 145
International full fee paying students EFTS 8% 496 551 664
International full fee paying students 7% 770 852 1,000
Educational Performance Indicators - SAC ITP sector 2012 2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 80% 72% 77% 79%
Qualification Completion 73% 64% 71% 73%
Student Retention 66% 59% 58% 65%
Student Progression L1-4 35% 40% 37% 37%
Educational Performance Indicators - YG ITP sector   2013 2014
Successful Course Completion 72% - 75% 78%
Qualification Completion 65% - 62% 60%
Student Retention 68% - - 73%
Student Progression L1-4 41% - - 21%
Overview of Financial Performance*
Summary Financial Statements (NZ$000) 2012 2013 2014
Revenue      
Total government revenue $31,302 $32,121 $32,891
Domestic student fees $790 $1,382 $677
International student fees $3,897 $4,203 $6,282
Total revenue $45,218 $45,158 $48,701
Expenses      
Personnel $19,479 $20,250 $20,882
Total expenses $42,108 $43,795 $48,032
Net surplus (after unusual and non-recurring items) $3,110 $1,363 $719
Assets      
Total Assets $97,668 $104,222 $103,826
Equity (net assets) $91,150 $96,133 $96,852
Cashflow      
Net cashflow from operations $7,843 $6,286 $4,640
Other      
Staffing FTE 332 332 340
Total EFTS to total staff FTE 13.8:2 13.7:1 13.7:1
Total EFTS to teaching staff (academic and tutorial staff FTE) 27.5:1 28.4:1 28.8:1