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Re: Available slots

From: olafBuddenhagen
Subject: Re: Available slots
Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 16:57:00 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.18 (2008-05-17)


On Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 12:42:36PM -0700, Micah Cowan wrote:

> The above rather sounds like it is up to us to decide whether to keep
> the student - whether or not he has indicated preference for another
> project. It is true that the action to take in reducing the ranking is
> ours, and not the students: however, it has been made quite clear that
> the student _must_ (not "should") be consulted, and that if they make
> a choice we are expected to comply.

Not really... All the comments on this point I've seen from LH both this
and previous year, indicate otherwise.

While it is standard practice to consult the student, it is *not*
strictly required. Of course the student's preference is a good
criterium; but the ultimate decision is explicitely *not* up to the
student, but up to the organisations in question. (Otherwise this whole
process could be much simpler...)

If a student is the top candidate in organisation A for example, while
organisation B has enough other good candidates to fill the slots, it's
perfectly reasonable to agree that the student should go with A, even if
he expressed a preference for B.

> If, as Klaus had indicated (off-list), and also NetBSD has indicated
> on the mentors list, Matthias-Chris has opted for NetBSD, it is
> inappropriate for us to keep him in our top rankings.

I totally agree that it is inappropriate in this specific situation
(sorry if my comment seemed to suggest otherwise) -- but I do not agree
that it is always so when the student expressed a preference :-) This
needs to be discussed with the other organisation in question as well as
the student on a case-by-case basis.


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