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Management & Control Malfunction

It has come to my attention a significant mistake has been made in the programming of the schedule for Bachelor-3 students Economics & Informatics (E&I). No new students are allowed to start the Bachelor Program E&I because the School of Economics argues the program is not profitable, yet they have failed to produce clear evidence.
Thursday, October 7, 2010

– The bachelor-students have only 8 credits in block 2 of the year, which means another block will have 16 credits. This situation creates an unbalanced college year. Considering the new ‘Block-system’ which implemented 5 blocks during the year, with 12 credits each, this can be regarded as a serious error in composing this school year.

This is another example of how the Bachelor E&I has become a second-class program and management isn’t taking its task seriously when it comes to specifically this program. A source has acknowledged this mistake but argues it is due to ‘miscommunication’. The proposed solution is to move the course ‘Methodology of E&I’ (from block 3) to block 2 which will create a balanced schedule. The same source also said there are problems in facilitating the capacity to teach the course in block 2. Another independent source has confirmed this statement.

This is not the first time management problems occurred for the E&I program. 2 years ago the re-sit exam for, surprisingly the same course, Methodology of E&I was literally canceled last-minute because no exam was delivered. About a dozen students showed up, but the examination papers were nowhere to be found. The board responsible (Examination Board ESE) for all exams apparently either did not notice the exam for the course Methodology of E&I was never handed in or they failed to properly alert and/or solve the problem otherwise.

Another example of mismanagement is the lack of capacity, due to which in the past key-courses had to be coordinated by non-qualified personnel: a Master’s graduate. The reason for this management could be because the E&I program has no dedicated program manager like other programs have, causing a lack of commitment and control. Quality assurance has been provided, but it remains passive as it requires students to come with problems instead of observing lectures in person to assess the quality.

The past has proven no consequences exist for this kind of mismanagement which means nobody will take responsibility: business as usual. I am starting to think that this is exactly the reason why all these errors are made; because managers don’t have the feeling they can be held accountable for their actions. Without accountability, managers will allow errors to happen because they know consequences will not follow. But apparently this is ‘Business as usual at the ESE’…

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