Yesterday, the Christchurch Press published an article describing changes that Vice Chancellor Rod Carr had in mind, which would be introduced at the University of Canterbury in order to increase student enrolments while preserving the quality of enrolments. These include:
- Higher enrolment standards to stop Canterbury from becoming “the University of Last resort.”
- $6 million dollars towards 1000 merit scholarships to attract talented students.
- Small courses “in areas where we cannot realistically aspire to be world-class” will be discontinued.
- “A lack of demonstrable research outputs from staff who have had the time and resources to deliver can no longer be accepted..”
It will be interesting to see how these changes are interpreted by University staff. Given that many staff have been working long hours, including 6 day weeks, to deliver classes in a variety of spaces sans quake, the last two points could be considered at the best as ill timed, at the worst a kick in the guts.