Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) plans to compress 17-week long degree papers in accounting, economics and law into eight weeks.
TEU members, who make up most academics who work at the polytechnic, are opposed to the decision.
TEU branch co-president Jill Jones says there is no evidence that the change will benefit domestic students.
“This is pedagogically unsound and it will damage MIT’s reputation, but worse, it will leave South Auckland students with a poorer education.”
MIT’s dean of the Faculty of Business and Information Technology told staff this week that academic subjects such as accounting, economics and law, will be compressed into eight weeks.
Jones is concerned that the decision aims to attract more full-fee paying international students rather than to improve students’ education.
“The dean seems to have listened to the views of international agents, but not of the staff who teach and support local students,” she says.