Our universities are reducing the number of courses available and increasing the cost of some degrees to save money. It is the opposite of an epidemic, he says Eleanor Beidach.
Education is an important tool in finding solutions to this climate of instability and global epidemics. Unfortunately, universities across Australia are cutting back on tuition and cutting back on tuition.
Last year, Australia’s higher education institutions were narrowing the number of courses available and increasing the cost of certain degrees. But in July of this year, the most prestigious university in Western Australia – the University of Western Australia (USA) – announced its intention to remove anthropology and social science majors from the curriculum.
The decision to cut the arts was a solution to the university’s financial woes following the economic impact of Covd-19.
It is no secret that the epidemic has hit the universities hard, with locks closing and international student enrollment declining sharply. But COVID-19, a senior researcher in anthropology and sociology at UWA, says that COVID-19 did not have a strong impact on UWA’s financial situation.
Achilles tells free Australia:
“UWA in particular has suffered far less than any other university in Australia because our exposure to international students is so low. The reductions have been identified to address structural defects.
The decision to cut the arts in UWA was made by Deputy Chancellor Amit Chakma and is based on a statistical analysis of a 77% reduction in enrollment.
But Achilles said that these statistics were incorrect and that when asked by staff, Chakma refused to release the original information, acknowledging that there was something wrong with the test. (Chakma contacted for comment but did not respond.)
Achisioli’s statistics do not appear to have taken into account this year’s registrations, and the number of registrations has dropped by 8% in opposition to a post posted on the social science Save UWA website.
“The difference between 77% drop and 8% is very real. There is no such thing as a drop … but if you consider enrollment from 2021 this year, it is a step backwards. ”
UWA is not only the two most respected major arts, but also the place where students learn about other cultures in general, the impact of climate change on society, and the skills needed in international relations. Students studying social sciences at UWA are now being encouraged to partially change their major. People who want to start school should go to another institution to learn about society and culture.
Madison Lee, a first-year anthropology student, tells meA:
“They say, ‘Turn your core into’ indigenous intellectual heritage and history. ‘ I’m doing that and it’s very different for humanity. ”
Lee is doing a double major in UWA and fears that if the course breaks, there will not be enough lectures in the institute to teach the necessary lessons.
Lee says –
“As a part-time student, I was in a difficult situation. I feel right, why am I in debt more for education than what I promised? ”
Social science is only for beginners UWA, there are eight additional courses to consider for course reduction.
Lee says this has already happened to another student studying anthropology and gender studies in the USA, both of whom are now in the economic vision of the university.
The UIA may be targeting two old and highly acclaimed degrees, but it is not the first Australian institution to reduce its curriculum to what is considered a “financial stability.” A.D. By 2020, Macquarie University in Sydney had finally removed Earth and Planetary Science from its main list and reduced the number of teaching facilities from 22 to two.
Craig O’Neill, a former associate professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Macquarie, said the elimination of Earth Science from the curriculum was a gradual loss of staff due to changes in leadership.
O’Neill tells meA:
The changes came back a few years later. About ten years ago, we were successful in having a center of excellence in our department – we were the best in the country, we were the highest earner. Since then. In 2015 – perhaps coincidentally with the change of regime in the vice chancellor – there were several appointments from the university, transferring people to managerial positions. We were looking for the head of the department and someone put us in.
Earth science is important to Australia’s economy and environment, but not many universities teach it.
Consultations followed by travel consultations for research changes and O’Neill’s “outrage” that led many workers to retire, move, or leave the university directly. When he appointed a new dean of teachers and decided to combine earth and environmental sciences, further job losses resulted.
“We have lost staff. A few who saw him come before he retired. Before all of this happened, we were suddenly in our mid-teens.
The final beatings came with the reduction of registers and the appointment of another dean at the same time as Kovid-19, which erased the major geological and geophysical majors in Makaria.
All of our key contributions have been deleted. We were told to teach what we needed, but they were not. The text was on the wall – the dean canceled the entire lesson. It was a very small step for all the staff.
But the battle is not over – at least for Uwa. Lee and his classmates have been relentless in their opposition to course reduction. They have created a Facebook page for the media and university administrators, two petitions, leaflets, signs and letters.
Lee says the petitions have received more than 5,000 signatures. During the first protest, he received overwhelming support from teachers, students from the United States and other institutions, as well as members of the Green Party.
Lee says –
“This force came from everyone, everyone could see how undemocratic it was, it’s horrible. It is just one example of what is happening everywhere today. ”
Although it has an integrated approach, Lee feels that university administrators have made up their minds:
Everything is in the name of saving – saving money.
Eleanor Bedechch is a UWA student, but is not studying any of the courses that are considered for course reduction.
Eleinor Bidchich is a disability and environmental activist and science journalist.
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