DACE News flash! Panel releases statement…

We have just received this brief notification from DACE – evidence that all of your efforts have been worthwhile. We wish to see the detail behind it, but we remain positive and very encouraged. Thank you, everyone. 

“The Panel has conducted a comprehensive consultation exercise and has received many submissions; its report will be discussed at Senate on 2 June with onward transmission to Court on 22 June.  The Panel does not support the SMG proposition that the University withdraws from the Open Programme.  That said, a number of recommendations for change are being made with regard to the future model of delivery.”

We’ll post more information as and when we receive it.

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5 Responses to DACE News flash! Panel releases statement…

  1. Rosemary Wilkinson says:

    I think the weasel word in this document is ‘coherent’. What is a ‘coherent pricing policy’? The present one seems fairly obvious to me – so much per credit for CertHE courses and so much per hour for DACE. Are they aiming to raise our fees to ‘overseas student’ levels? This would mean that 120 credits equates to anywhere between £9000 and £15,000 and I do not think that most DACE students could afford to pay £800+ for a 10 credit course. Much as I love my courses, I do not think that my budget would stretch to £1500 per year for DACE. If this is the ‘true’ cost of teaching then I think that our ‘victory’ may turn out to be hollow.

    I do not know what the hourly rate for DACE tutors would be but since our contract tutors are paid by the teaching hour with no holiday pay, sick pay or pension then this would be cheaper per contact hour than for the employed staff. However, these tutors will not publish under the university name and therefore gain academic credit for the university while many of the employed staff do research and publish to contribute to the university’s reputation.

    I think that we need to recruit some accountancy advice from among our members to consider which university expenses could be fairly allocated to DACE.

    I think we also need to market DACE more aggressively, not just by a few posters and circulating brochures but using digital means and acquiring feature type exposure in the press and broadcast media. Full courses means that the fixed costs will be divided between more students. More courses means that our contribution towards costs incurred by the rest of the university will also be shared by more students.

    So we, as students, may need to become more proactive, both in initiating courses and in recruiting students if we want our courses to continue at an affordable price.

  2. Fran Scott says:

    Reminds me of Heseltine putting off the closure of the coal-mines – after pressure, just didn’t do it all at once! I agree with Stuart – let-s not count our chickens, and let’s not lose impetus over the long summer break.

    Fran Scott

  3. Gill Davies says:

    From Glasgow Uni Occupied’s Facebook page:

    Executive Summary
    A proposal was submitted to Court to consider withdrawing from some or all Open Programmes courses and the associated Certificate in Higher Education on the basis that they did not fit with the University’s strategy.
    The Panel conducted a comprehensive consultation exercise, inviting input from a range of parties both internal to the University and external. It has also benefited from receipt of the many submissions to the Principal and to the Head of College. The Panel met with the Head of the College, with the School of Education Executive, and with the senior staff associated with the Open Programme to take evidence as well as holding open meetings with staff teaching on the programmes and students undertaking the programmes: 4 meetings with each of these constituencies were held including in the evening. A meeting was also held with the SRC.

    Summary of recommendations

    The core recommendation of the Panel to SMG and to Court is that the University continues to provide courses through the Open Programme but that it establishes a robust business model, and accompanying business plan, to enable this to be achieved (by end December 2011 at the latest) with implementation commencing no later than summer 2012. The business model should incorporate all of the recommendations made in this report.

    An integrated marketing strategy should be developed, raising the profile of the Open Programme and establishing a strong public-facing identity, no later than January 2012. This should include a coherent pricing strategy which recognises the diversity of the student body and includes appropriate recognition for ILA200 purposes.

    In taking forward the development and marketing of the Open Programme in the timescales identified attention should be given to significantly improving the understanding of the Open Programme within the University, its integration with the rest of the University, and identifying and developing synergies.

    The Open Programme should be developed to include inter alia a programme of Summer School activities for visitors to Glasgow and Scotland as well as to local residents, ideally for offer from summer 2012.

    The current arrangements for programme management should be revised to ensure that appropriate threshold numbers for individual courses are identified and kept to.

    The credit rating of the CertHE courses should be reviewed prior to the start of AY 2012/13 to ensure alignment within a coherent framework and consistent with the existing arrangements implemented in the rest of the University.

    The T grant support for the Open Programme should be phased out such that the Open Programme becomes self-supporting from fees charged with minimal or, ideally, no support from the T grant as early as possible and no later than the third year of the business plan.

    The Open Programme should be kept as a single unit rather than broken into its subject components.

    An independent, self-supporting unit should be established within University Services with effect from 1 August 2011. The business model should define the future shape of the Open Programme core team and should include appropriate arrangements for leadership and management of the Programme.

    The Access programmes should continue to be offered alongside the Open Programme with shared leadership and administrative support.

  4. Stuart Blackwood says:

    I’d like to see the recommendations before getting too excited. This fight is far from over.

  5. Rosemary Wilkinson says:

    Great news!!

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