Canterbury University should show some common sense

February 5th, 2011 at 8:50 am by David Farrar

Jo Gilbert in The Press reports:

was excitedly preparing for the start of student life with a $5000 Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship from and UE under her belt.

But her plans were stymied, Waszczak said, when the university told the Christchurch 18-year-old she could not enrol as she had not fulfilled all entry requirements in 2010.

She hadn’t done a couple of literacy credits my mistake, but she then gained the credits in January.

When she spoke to the university, she said she was told she would now have to apply to enrol in the second semester, which would mean she would miss the benefits of her scholarship.

The UC Emerging Leaders’ Scholarship recognises secondary school pupils for their top academic achievement, potential leadership and sporting/cultural involvement.

Aside from the $5000 fee scholarship, students are involved in an 11-month leadership programme, which starts just before the academic year begins on February 21.

“I really want to start in the first semester and I need to because of my scholarship,” Waszczak said.

“That’s why I dealt with it [the credit gap] as quickly as I did.”

You’ve got a bright high achieving student who wants to start attending university in February. There are times where the strict procedures should be waived to do the right thing, and this is clearly one of those times.

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16 Responses to “Canterbury University should show some common sense”

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,667 comments) says:

    If her name was Harawira, there’d be no problem.

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,216 comments) says:

    However, international student success Pro-Vice Chancellor Nello Angerilli said students whose results were reassessed and changed by NZQA could apply to have their enrolment application re-evaluated.

    There’s a Pro-Vice Chancellor for “international student success” at the University of Canterbury? Seriously?

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  3. David in Chch (503 comments) says:

    No. They are in charge of looking after international students, period. The success (or otherwise) is part of that.

    I hope that the uni does manage to accommodate her, although all universities for some years have become more managerial, and thus less responsive, and many “managers” retreat to the letter rather than the spirit of the rules.

    I would also note that at a time of high unemployment, the TEC has capped funding of places in the universities, so that many students coming in now are unfunded, and so are being covered by the uni’s themselves. As funding gets squeezed, that capacity to absorb these “extra” students decreases. I know there is limited funding, but it would seem counter-productive in the long term.

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  4. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    What a whinger. If she is so smart how come she didn’t know the current requirements for gaining U.E. in NZ? Most average non scholarship students are clear about them. Wouldn’t want her leading me anywhere.

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  5. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    oF COURSE, SHE COULD JUST TAKE IT ON THE CHIN.

    I see you cut out the bit of the why she was rejected.

    She was too fucking thick to understand the requirements for entry, just maybe the uni thought she’d be too thick to succeed.

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  6. mpledger (428 comments) says:

    The university funding is capped for New Zealand citizens. I suspect that UoC already takes on more New Zealand citizens then they are funded for and who enrolled correctly. Why should they go out of their way to help someone who can’t get their shit together and where the cost of teaching her will have to be carried by the university.

    I suspect a lot of students just fall on the wrong side of the entry requirements for university when they get their results in early January. If all those students run around trying to get the necessary credits in Jan and Feb so they can get into uni it would be a nighmare for the university to administer. The reason that the results come out in early Jan is so that the university has the time to (try and) get it right for all the ones who do everything correctly.

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  7. dog_eat_dog (677 comments) says:

    How do you “miss out” on credits by thinking you already had enough? Does being a future leader mean doing the bare minimum?

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  8. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    These scholarships are really sought after by yr 13 students in the region. They need all the background..academic . sporting , contributing to the school etc..There are a certain no. reserved for Maori and P.I. students , then the other students have to complete for the remaining scholarships. This scholarship should be given to the next student on the list.

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  9. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,786 comments) says:

    She hadn’t done a couple of literacy credits my mistake

    Looks like someone else failed to get a couple of literacy credits. Luckily Otage University will take anybody.

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  10. Inky_the_Red (718 comments) says:

    As I read the article the Pro-Vice Chancellor said “students whose results were reassessed and changed by NZQA could apply to have their enrolment application re-evaluated. ”

    It seems they have a system and she might be able to get in this semester, otherwise she will be allowed in the second semester (so wait 5 months hardly a major inconvenience)

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  11. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    Hah, MyBrainOnCrack is calling someone else “too thick”. Now that is funny.

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  12. Put it away (2,888 comments) says:

    “Looks like someone else failed to get a couple of literacy credits. Luckily Otage University will take anybody.”

    What the fuck? Is this official “thick people call other people thick” day?

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  13. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    If she starts in the second semester she misses out on the leadership programme which naturally starts at the beginning of the year.; so the issue is not just getting in , it is getting in at the beginning of this academic year.

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  14. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    Why is Canterbury University giving away thousands of dollars to students who are already (supposedly) academic high-achievers? Is giving away free money to hand-picked students really the best use of the University’s funding?

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  15. elscorcho (144 comments) says:

    RRM of course it is. Universities are about producing the maximum number of elite candidates, not pumping out more worthless C-average graduates.

    If you can boost your graduates, and then your PhDs, you’ll develop your international reputation. Undergrads are entirely worthless for universities.

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  16. Rex Widerstrom (5,124 comments) says:

    Ahh universities. I thought they were all competing for students these days, busy spending millions on TV ads spouting about how student-centred they are?

    Yet earlier this week I tried to enrol an about-to-be-released prisoner in courses for semester 2, in order to demonstrate to the parole board that she was truly serious about resuming her studies.

    “Sorry,” said the university, “but we cannot physically start enrolling for semester two till April”. Say what?! I’d have imagined I could have put my name down for next year if I wanted (subject to the course still being available). But no, some bureaucrat has decided to make their life that bit easier (and everyone else’s harder) by doing each semester one at a time.

    One of the last bastions of the privileged and underworked. Give Joelee her due, you parasites.

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