Media Release: Education Quality At Risk Due to Failed Trimester at Deakin University
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has warned that Deakin University is putting quality of education for Deakin’s students at risk due to the failed trimester system.
“We are deeply concerned about the trimester at Deakin, which has recently been reviewed by PricewaterhouseCoopers,” Dr. Colin Long, NTEU Victorian Secretary, said today.
“It appears that Deakin management is less concerned with students receiving a quality education than with marketing,” he said.
Deakin NTEU President, Dr Kerrie Saville, said: “The proposed change to 3 ten-week trimesters within one calendar year threatens educational quality, curriculum delivery and time for student reflection and absorption of material.”
“By compressing the time provided for teaching, studying and assessment, the trimester system compounds already high levels of stress on students and staff at Deakin,” Dr. Saville said.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers report into the controversial trimester found that “the trimester system was introduced with a lack of strategic clarity and incomplete consultation, planning and change management, which has led to significant flaws in execution.”
“This is a damning indictment on the previous administration of the university. NTEU has been vindicated in its criticism of Deakin’s failure to consult with staff and students over the introduction of the trimester system and its adverse impacts on all aspects of University life,” said Dr Long.
Kerrie Saville, NTEU Deakin President
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Colin Long, NTEU Victorian Division Secretary
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