Wednesday, March 28, 2012
DPF has a whinge about the fact that the universities are now directly funding student associations, thus defeating the purpose of the VSM Act.
Thing is, anyone who actually knew anything about universities, including the universities themselves, pointed out beforehand that this is what would happen. Universities are in competition with each other and "the student experience," ie the social activities that make being a student fun, is one of those areas of competition. So, if a bunch of right-wing ideologues pass legislation threatening the current means of providing that student experience, the universities will fund it directly themselves and bill it back to the students - to the detriment of student representation, as the people running things will then effectively be employees of the university, not student representatives.
Practical considerations mean nothing to ideologues, and of course the legislation was passed. But it's a bit rich for said ideologues to now complain that the result is exactly what was predicted. In fact, it's just plain stupid. Even more stupid is suggesting the govt should use this as an example of how universities obviously have too much money - because who is it again that's requiring the competition between universities in the first place? Uh, duh-uh...