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School of music on the skids?

By johnboy 15 February 2007 7

The ABC has a story on trouble within the School of Music with declining enrollments making it unviable in the long term.

Slightly more worrying is the vice-chancellor of the Australian National University, Ian Chubb, responding only by complaining about being the last to hear about it.

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Vic Bitterman 11:42 pm 17 Feb 07

No loss.

Put the money towards science and our society will benefit.

jemmy 11:45 pm 15 Feb 07

A lot of specialist schools around the country are having the same problem, Vic College of the Arts for one.

Melb Uni has a good idea. If there is room in a class because enrollments are low, they let anyone come in and take the class for a semester (fee-based, of course). Keeps the teachers active (and employed!), the Uni gets the money, the community gets a bit of well-taught adult-education. Win-win I reckon.

I did a couple of semesters of fine art at MelbUni a few years ago. Really enjoyed it.

J Dawg 7:23 pm 15 Feb 07

It could well be that their standards are too high. But I’m sure in the past there haven’t been many problems, why sacrifice prestige and standards for a possible passing phase?

Mr Evil 5:36 pm 15 Feb 07

Yes, but I think part of the problem is that the standards are probably a little too high.

When the staff are all out of work, then maybe they’ll have lots of time to think about how stupid they’ve been?

J Dawg 5:31 pm 15 Feb 07

They want to maintain a standard. Without standards even I could go there. Scary thought.

Mr Evil 4:51 pm 15 Feb 07

Another case of the white ants at work!

terubo 4:29 pm 15 Feb 07

(Violins sawing away in the background).

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