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Independent Tertiary Institutions – Nga Wananga Motuhake was formed in September 2003 after the Association of Independent Degree-granting Institutes (IDI) and the Career Colleges Association (CCA) merged. It is a group of leading tertiary education providers, committed to innovation and excellence.

IDI was established in 1993 to focus on the needs of private degree-granting providers. One of IDI’s members, the Bible College of New Zealand, was the first non-university organisation to have a degree approved in New Zealand. IDI worked together with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and other tertiary education providers to implement the new degree approval requirements. IDI members often sat on other members’ degree approval panels, which helped to build up a strong interest in self-regulation. IDI also had a strong tradition of collegiality, with members sharing ideas to improve quality. (IDI was known as the New Zealand Tertiary Institutes’ Council in 1993-1996 and the Private Education Degree Providers’ Association in 1996-2000.)

CCA was formed in 2002 to support its members’ policy, educational and business goals. Members were carefully selected on the basis of size (over 100 EFTS), quality (NZQA audit cycles and other measures) and potential to contribute energy to the group. CCA had a focus on constructive solutions to policy issues and collaboration over common business issues.

Independent Tertiary Institutions – Nga Wananga Motuhake easily blended the IDI and CCA approaches, as both were focused on collegiality, a constructive approach to policy issues and a quality membership. ITI’s main goals are to:

  1. promote the role of private tertiary education providers in New Zealand that are responsive to their stakeholders, meet high quality standards, support their students’ aspirations, and push the boundaries of creativity and innovation;
  2. encourage collaboration between members so that they can improve their educational and organisational performance, and move towards self-regulation;
  3. work constructively with other groups involved in education to improve the New Zealand education system; and
  4. continue to further the original goals of the CCA and IDI groups, especially promoting the role and development of private degree providers in New Zealand.
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