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University Issues. Pene Delaney and David Do, NZUSA Co-Presidents Rawa Karetai - ASA President 2010 NZUSA January Conference. This session. This is a time for you as members to bring up any uni-specific issues that you may want addressed and considered etc Discussion-based

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University Issues

Pene Delaney and David Do, NZUSA Co-Presidents

Rawa Karetai - ASA President

2010 NZUSA January Conference


This session

  • This is a time for you as members to bring up any uni-specific issues that you may want addressed and considered etc

  • Discussion-based

  • Suggest some issues specific to the university sector we should talk about


This session

  • Do we want a resolution, an action, or a position taken by NZUSA?

  • What can local associations do?

  • Information-sharing?


Entry and Progression

  • Possible threats to eliminating existing open entry to some degrees?

  • Closing off open entry to over-20s?


Entry and Progression

  • Tightening policies on academic progression.

  • Is adequate support being given to students at present? Is support being properly targeted to those in need?


Retention and Completion

  • Should student support (eg loans) be tied to student progress?

  • This is contained in the TES.

  • Allowances already have a condition

  • Are institutions being properly supportive of students? Perverse incentives?


Fees and Funding

  • Fee maxima – what if it changes? What if it goes?

  • The VCs want more ‘flexibility’

  • No interest on student loans – will that go?

  • VCs and Don Brash say it should. Govt currently keeping its promise


Fees and Funding

  • Student debt still an ongoing issue, fuelled by high fees and inadequate support

  • Over $10 billion

  • Average fees $4500+

  • Borrowing to live = debt for life


Fees and Funding

  • Funding cuts from 2010 onwards.

  • Level of funding likely to be same.

  • Unlikely to be any new money

  • How will that affect our institutions and our education?

  • Staff cuts, department closures?


In summary

  • Entry

  • Progression

  • Retention and completion

  • Fees

  • Student loans and debt

  • Funding

  • Quality

  • What else?


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