Quality assurance in the university sector ensures that academic processes are of an internationally respected standard. The quality assurance process uses evidence to check that goals are being achieved, and policies and practices are under continuous review as part of an overall quality enhancement regime. The New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (operating as Universities New Zealand) is the statutory body with primary responsibility for the university sector's quality assurance matters.
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 the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee 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.