Waikato Uni cuts hope for aspiring tauira

Posted By TEU on Jul 30, 2009 |

Tertiary Update – Hau Taki Haere, Volume 12, Number 24

Following pressure from Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua (TEC), Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato is considering disestablishing its pioneering Te TĀ«matanga Hou and Certificate of University Preparation (CUP) programmes.” These programmes have over the years helped many first-time tauira (students) into tertiary study. Tauira and kaimahi (staff) in the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (CAFS) also face an uncertain future.

In a letter to kaimahi at the whare wānanga Pathways College, which oversees its continuing education and foundation studies programmes, the whare wānanga deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Doug Sutton, says that while no decisions have yet been made, “…the proposal or any revised version of it … is likely to result in the disestablishment of some positions at CUP and Te TĀ«matanga Hou; some reduction in CAFS staffing levels may also be necessary.”

Even more ominously, he warned that the whare wānanga is proposing “a significant and possibly total reduction in the number of pre-degree EFTS for 2010.”

The whare wānanga has told kaimahi that high numbers of degree-level enrolments are likely to exceed its tauira funding cap by as much as 7 percent by the end of this year. It must therefore take measures to avoid carrying too many un-funded tauira. Also, TEC has urged whare wānanga, through the Tertiary Education Strategy and the Statement of Tertiary Education Priorities, to focus on degree-level and postgraduate teaching. This direction, combined with an increase in enrolments, has led to entry-level courses and foundation studies programmes that help tauira move on to degree study being cut.

TEU Te Tumu Whakarae, Dr Tom Ryan, says this means that at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato up to 450 tauira could miss out on admission to the whare wānanga next year, of whom about 40 percent would identify as Māori.

“So the very people we desperately want to have a chance at higher education, to have better opportunities to provide for their whānau, families, hapū, and iwi and to up-skill our communities and economy, are going to be excluded by such a decision. The whare wānanga and the commission both need to reconsider the path they are taking.”

Kaimahi have been given until 5 August to respond to the proposal of the whare wānanga.

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  5. Tertiary Education Strategy no longer guiding policy
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