Demand for increased teaching pressures CBS

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- As long as the requirement of 12 hours of teaching is met and the teaching is varied, we’ll make no further demands, says Niklas Frijs-Madsen, one of CBS Students’ co-presidents.

Demands for an increase in both teaching hours and research-based content has put CBS in a Catch 22 situation. Increased teaching overall lowers the possible amount of research-based content supplied by tenured lecturers, while demands for more research-based content makes it harder to reach goals such as smaller classes.

Public Accounts Committee criticizes teaching at CBS
In late August the Public Accounts Committee published a report on the amount of teaching done in the Danish universities, which had been underway for a year. In connection with this the committee criticized the universities for not offering enough research based teaching and for not delivering enough hours of lectures and classes – even after the improvements brought with increased funding for just that in 2009.

CBS has drawn up a codex for educational planning in which the minimum standards of teaching that have to be met have been established. The regular BSc degrees for example have to offer students at least 12 hours of teaching per week, and CBS Students president Niklas Frijs-Madsen is content with the amount.

- DSF (the Danish Students’ Council) demanded 20 hours of teaching per week, which we voted against because it was a fairly randomly chosen number. Students simply wouldn’t be able to prepare for the classes. As long as the 12-hour requirements are met and the teaching is varied, we won’t make any more demands, says Niklas Frijs-Madsen.

More lectures and classes = fewer tenured lecturers
The report shows that CBS as the only university has actually addressed the prioritization of the extra funding from 2009 and is also in possession of satisfactory insight into the costs of the individual study programs.

- We have a long tradition at CBS for gathering data. The policy has been that every study program has its own budget, with which they buy their teaching from the departments, Wilbert van der Meer, Senior Consultant in the Dean of Education’s Office, explains.

The requirement of 12 hours of lectures or classes a week has put pressure on the research based teaching by tenured staff.
- CBS is in the process of hiring more researchers and lecturers, but this takes time. In order to increase the total number of teaching-hours fast, we’ve hired external

lecturers who can start quickly. Short-term this means that the proportion of permanent lecturers has fallen, but our ambition is definitely to hire more tenured staff, so the ratio can be changed back, says Wilbert van der Meer and draws attention to the fact that CBS proportionally has considerably less resources for tenured lecturers per student than other universities.

CBS’ research funding only 40 percent of University of Copenhagen’s
The average basic funding (teaching and research) per full-time student at CBS for 2012 is DKK 30,000. At The University of Copenhagen the amount is DKK 134,000 and for the University of Southern Denmark it is DKK 92,000.

The average educational funding for full-time and part-time programs, foreign exchange students, finishing bonus, additional classes and scholarships brings the amount up to DKK 57,000 per student at CBS, while the amount is DKK 94,000 at the University of Southern Denmark.

When the numbers are added up, CBS’ funding per student amounts to only 40 percent of what University of Copenhagen is funded with per student.
CBS firmly in place at the short end of the stick

Not all of CBS’ study programs are in need of more hours of lectures and classes. A lot of places the need for a smaller number of students per class is greater, along with more counseling or more IT-supported exercises. Niklas Frijs-Madsen considers it a dilemma for CBS that more research-based teaching gives fewer options to improve teaching in general.

- The extra funding that the students fought for in the negotiations has been transferred to research instead of teaching. That’s unfortunate. Initiatives such as smaller classes can’t be taken now. CBS Students has a vested interest in both research based teaching and more teaching. Our problem is the way the basic funding as a whole has been allocated in the past, so it’s all really a political issue at a higher level than ours, Niklas Frijs-Madsen, who doesn’t expect things to change in the near future, points out and continues:

- From what we’ve seen, the national budget negotiations will lock the funding down for three years. This is good news for CBS, but not very good news for the students this makes a discussion about the overall distribution of funding will not be possible. The disparities in the basic funding won’t be corrected anytime soon. So once again, CBS faces losing out.

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Jeg er helt enig i ovenstående indlæg, men jeg kunne også godt tænke mig hvis der var mere fokus på de studerendes fremmøde (eller mangel på samme) i undervisningen. At man ønsker flere undervisningstimer er bestemt en væsentlig faktor for læring, men i første omgang at man arbejder for at få alle tilmeldte på et fag/uddannelse til at dukke op, og måske sågar også at få dem til at deltage aktivt og engageret i selve undervisningen. Fordi hvad nytter det at få flere timer, hvis der alligevel ikke sidder et fyldt hold studerende klar til at blive undervist.

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