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12 Hours to meeting, justification for $12 million

12 Hours to meeting, justification for $12 million expenditure arrives

A bleary-eyed University of Canterbury Students’ Association President, Darel Hall, and other Academic Board members, finally received the University of Canterbury’s Vice Chancellor’s justification for spending $12 million on information technology 12 hours before the meeting of Academic Board today.

“The University community has some serious decisions to make about fees next year. A major component of the Vice Chancellor’s proposed 45% average fee increase is the $12 million he wants to spend on information technology over the next two to three years. To receive that at 12.00 a.m. the morning of such an important decision is a little ludicrous, although possible symbolic”.

“Surely academic freedom and evidence-based discourse requires a wee bit of time before a meeting to figure out what is going on, ask questions, and form opinions”.


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