Quality assurance in the university sector ensures that academic processes are of an internationally respected standard. The quality assurance processes use evidence to check that goals are being achieved and that policies and practices are under ongoing review as part of an overall quality enhancement regime. The New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (now operating as Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara) is the statutory body with primary responsibility for quality assurance matters in the university sector.
There are two bodies overseeing the quality assurance of universities - Universities NZ’s Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) and the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities (AQA) established in 1993 by Universities NZ as an independent body.
CUAP is charged with setting up and applying qualification and regulation approval, accreditation and programme moderation procedures across universities.
AQA supports universities in their achievement of standards of excellence in research and teaching through regular institutional audit and the promotion of quality enhancement practices across the sector.
For more details see Academic Quality Assurance of New Zealand Universities, a joint publication by Universities NZ and AQA.