News 29 Mar – Norman Kingsbury, Florists and 3 Ministers on the Go

March 29th 2010 at 8:04am, By Dave Guerin

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. ITF Links Up The Industry Training Federation has joined wiht similar bodies in other countries to form the International Network of Sector Skills Organisations.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. Business Links The University of Otago is looking to improve links between its business school and local businesses.
  9. 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

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