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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 10. 23rd May 1973

Decisions made by small cliques

Decisions made by small cliques

1.Students are always out-numbered on the committees on which they sit.
2.Power moved from the committees on which students sat to other committees on which students were not represented. As fast as agitation gained representation on these committees, the elusive power slipped from them. This could happen as the Vice-Chancellor has the power to place any decision that needs to be made on the agenda of any committee. When finally students are represented on all formal committees, decisions are made by secret committees or by small informal meetings of top administrators and academics. This has been the experience especially of Canterbury and Waikato. (Here after points from each university in the debate will be acknowledged by their initials in brackets).
3.Many decisions are made by committees where students are represented that are counter to students' educational interests. They are made in full committee (WU, VUW, UC) and therefore can't be divulged by students representatives to the mass of students. If the decisions were to be divulged it would probably result in the exclusion of students from the committee, or in the decision being made informally by a secret committee and student representatives wouldn't find out about it.