1 May 2019

Academics still under pressure to pass students : TEU survey

From Nine To Noon, 9:19 am on 1 May 2019
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A new survey finds tertiary academic staff still feel under pressure to pass students, and admit substandard candidates to courses.

The survey of two thousand academic staff and one thousand general staff working in the tertiary sector was conducted by the sector union, the TEU.

40 per cent of respondents said they felt pressure to pass students had become worse in the last three years, and 45 per cent said they felt pressure to admit students who don't have the pre-requisite knowledge or skills had mounted in that time.

Two years ago a similar survey by the union found siginficant numbers of academics feeling pressured to pass substandard students. This year's survey also found a decline in staff and student wellbeing.

Report co-author and Vice President of the Tertiary Education Union, Dr Sarah Proctor-Thomson