News 29 Mar – Norman Kingsbury, Florists and 3 Ministers on the Go
March 29th 2010 at 8:04am, By Dave Guerin
- Norman Kingsbury Speaks Out Norman Kingsbury, a tertiary education hall of famer if ever there was one, has an opinion piece on students’ associations in the ODT today.
- Ministers on the Go Tariana Turia spoke last week at a Whitireia Community Polytechnic graduation, Steven Joyce opened a new student hub at Wintec’s Avalon campus and Pita Sharples opened a new Tai Poutini Polytechnic facility in Auckland. The speeches were for the occasion, not to announce any policy initiative.
- More Journalists Whitireia journalism students graduated last week. I don’t usually run graduation stories but my friend Kylie was graduating and won a few awards (Best Reporter, Best Radio Reporter and Best New Media Journalist). Congrats Kylie!
- ITF Links Up The Industry Training Federation has joined wiht similar bodies in other countries to form the International Network of Sector Skills Organisations.
- Student Loans TV3 ran a story at the weekend running all the arguments why performance-based student loans won’t work. It quotes students and a university manager talking about the potential for grade inflation, but no-one mentions whether the student allowances scheme, which is currently performance-based, creates the same outcomes right now. The problem with a slippery slope argument is that it doesn’t work as well when you have an existing policy that works fine.
- Pro-Life Group Welcome Auckland University Students’ Assn has reversed a rule that made it very hard for pro-life groups to be registered as a club - the only way to do it was to seek approval at the AGM.
- Florist Shortage The NZ Herald has a piece on MIT’s floristry courses today – did you know that florists were on the skill shortages list for immigration?
- Business Links The University of Otago is looking to improve links between its business school and local businesses.
- Fonts Can Save The World The University of Wisconsin at Green Bay is changing the font on its email system to one that uses 30% less ink when people print out emails. HT Chronicle of Higher Education