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Lincoln returns $1.5m for course shortfall

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 19/10/2016

Lincoln University has been forced to pay back $1.5 million to its government funder after it was discovered its South Otago farming operation wasn't delivering the hours of teaching it was meant to.

The Tertiary Education Commission says four of 10 programmes at the Telford campus, near Balclutha, were under-delivered against its funding conditions over a two-year period.

"It's vital the country has a high performing tertiary education sector that provides excellent outcomes for learners," said chief executive Tim Fowler.

Lincoln says the courses were certificates in farming practices, aboriculture, and two in horticulture.

In a statement, it says it moved quickly to address the commission's concerns and reimbursed it the $1.5m.

Universities New Zealand's academics programme committee has looked at the courses and says they should not be withdrawn.

Students who have successfully completed the programmes will keep their qualification.

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