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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, No. 25. October 8, 1968

Decision deferred

Decision deferred

The Joint Committee on Student Representation in the University has deferred its decision on student representation on the Academic Committee of the Professorial Board until a decision is made on student representation on the Board itself.

But the Chairman of Committee, the Chancellor of the University, Mr R. S. V. Simpson, said after its last meeting that the committee "were convinced that there were few matters dealt with by the Academic Committee in which students could legitimately claim a share in the decision making, especially since most decisions involved the consideration of personal information on their fellow students which might well be embarrassing."

"The Committee was agreeably surprised to learn how many course and staff evaluation schemes were already in operation in the University.

"The Joint Committee considered it could lay down no definite policy for individual departments on evaluation, but felt that the information made available to the Joint Committee should be circulated to the Academic staff so they could decide on the kind of course evaluation that may suit their individual needs," said Mr. Simpson.

The Committee resolved "That the Joint Committee recognises the importance of regular evaluation of courses and teaching, and the value of the work going on in this respect in the University, and recommends to all members of the academic staff that they regularly seek critical assessment of their courses and teaching performance by their students and colleagues… "