Whitireia Community Polytechnic had a memorable year in 2001. A 24% increase in student numbers (nearly 6,000 in total), an increase in programmes offered (now over 100), financial strength (a cash surplus and no debt), winning the biannual Porirua Business Awards supreme prize, were all capped off by successfully passing a most stringent Academic Audit.
Whitireia Community Polytechnic has now been granted full quality assured status, and is one of the first polytechnics in New Zealand to have achieved this.
The audit was conducted by the New Zealand Polytechnic Programmes Committee and subjected every facet of the polytechnic to rigorous examination. Chief executive Deirdre Dale said "Whilst we always expected to pass the audit, it was never the less an exacting time."
The Audit Panel concluded that "the quality objectives of the panel are being met to a very high standard."
The only issue that arose concerned letting students know if there were places available on their course. With the large increase in student numbers. this has become a necessity. Most programmes will operate on a system of accepting students until classes are full, and then have a waiting list for additional students.
Deirdre Dale added "The new 2002 year has started off well with student numbers on the increase again and some additional interesting programmes. Our Kāpiti campus is especially poised for big growth to serve the applied vocational education needs of the Kāpiti coast."