Many students who logged in at sugang.cau.ac.kr were dismayed on the 31st of January. Or, at least more than 200 students who clicked ‘recommend’ on two rather disturbing-looking posts on the Chung-Ang university community website ‘cauin’. Their titles were ‘Honestly this is too much’ and ‘Return me my rights instead of lowering 2.3%’. Both were quite long postings about how they were surprised and shocked at the sudden reduction of subjects that were available to be registered. The postings were both about the lack of subjects while one was asking for the student council ‘Cau-V’ for a solution, while the other was simply asking for the usual wider range of subjects instead of the 2.3% reduction of tuition fees. < 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
These two postings dramatically show what is going on about the range of curriculum that CAU currently has to offer. They might seem a little biased, but no, the number of selectable liberal arts used to be 141 but has now reduced to 103. It was an obviously staggering reduction. But keeping in mind the fact that this is only the types of selectable liberal arts - not the actual number of courses - the number of classes that have now become impossible to register in is probably much more.
A post posted in cauin by the head of planning of CAU gave an explanation about the money matters our school is currently facing. He stated that CAU is currently saving as much money as possible and that our school's asset soundness is rather superior compared to other schools according to last year's evaluation done by the board of audit and inspection. However there was no implication about the reduction of our curriculum, despite the fact that the posting was done exactly one day after the two complaining posts were posted. It would seem logical to think that the head of planning had posted in reply to the complaints but the contents apparently seem to imply differently.
Notwithstanding, there also was a post in cauin which also showed the reality of subject reduction. It contained a kind of map of many subjects that were linked together until finally they all ended up as one. There were about 7 to 10 subjects which kept on reducing as you move to the right until eventually there was only one left.
Now that was probably one of the rather extreme cases. However it is actually happening all over the curriculum that is being provided by CAU. Our department of economics is actually said to be the first and best of our entire nation, but the students of the economics department think that the facilities don't meet up. A complaining posting met about a dozen comments by students from the rather unfortunate department on how it was difficult to even apply for courses of their own major.
This reality has started to get out of hand nowadays. After reducing part-time lecturers and professors, this year has probably hit the summit on the competition rate for registering courses since a long time. Many students are currently much distressed since the reduction of courses and the school should definitely find a way to relieve them of their complaints.