Salient. Newspaper of Victoria University of Wellington Students Association. Vol 41 No. 3. March 13 1978
The Commerce Faculty has experienced a steady expansion in student numbers over the past few years which has been higher than for the university as a whole. Its student/ staff ratio is much higher than the university average — a situation which both staff and students are finding intolerable.
The faculty's quinquennial submissions sum the problem op this way: "Large 200 - and 300 - level courses cannot be permitted to continue and large enrolments at the 100-level must be handled in a more acceptable manner than at present."
It is obvious that the Commerce Faculty will need more staff and greater resources if enrolment restrictions on undergraduate B.C.A. degree courses are going to be avoided. But if its quinquennial submissions are an accurate guide to the official thinking of the Faculty, then it is quite clear that the Faculty is prepared to accept enrolment restrictions for B.C.A. courses or measures to "redirect" students to other degrees. The submissions state:
"Given the unliklihood of sufficiently large increases in staff resources, the Faculty sees no alternative but to seek improvement through reducing student numbers.