All politics is local

Andrew Norton has a nice posting on the micro-management of Australian universities. Here’s another story I heard recently. An unnamed university in Canberra just discovered that a faculty member would be unable to teach a second semester course, so decided to switch it to first semester. However, it transpired that they needed ministerial permission to do so. They duly wrote a letter to Brendan Nelson, but got the reply that he was out of the country, so it couldn’t be dealt with. Time then ran out, and the course will now have to be taught in second semester. Is this really a sensible way to run a university system?

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1 Response to All politics is local

  1. Andrew Norton says:

    Much as I like illustrations of absurd micromanagement of universities, this story is unlikely to be true. There are no rules about whether subjects should be taught in first or second semester (yet!).

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