Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Compulsory OUSA's income hiked 9% to $1.2 million


Compulsory OUSA's income hiked 9% to $1.2 million

While the Otago University Students Association (OUSA) criticised Otago University for increasing its fees, the compulsory association's own income is budgeted to rise 9 percent to $1.2 million in 2004, Student Choice said.

OUSA's ratified budget for 2004 shows that OUSA's income from compulsory membership will rise from $1,118,082 this year to $1,216,000 next year, a 9 percent increase of $98,000. OUSA say the increase is a result of growth in student numbers.

Every Otago student is forced to pay a membership levy to OUSA. Under compulsory membership an increase in the number of students automatically means increased revenue for the association.

Student Choice says this is another example of how compulsory associations are not subject to normal commercial pressures. Compulsory membership, OUSA's monopoly status and the absence of a price mechanism means the association receives income regardless of how it performs and benefits from increased enrolments it has not helped generate.

Compulsory membership is virtually a licence to print money for associations. If OUSA was like other incorporated societies it would have to prove its value to students and sell membership at a market price.

Student Choice said OUSA's surplus of $330,000 in 2002 showed that the 9 percent increase was additional overcharging by an organisation that was already taking too much money from students.

Student politicians who complain about increases in tuition fees have no credibility when they support the imposition of unnecessary and excessive costs on students.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news