A change in the way some courses are taught at Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) has led a teaching union to describe them as "fast food papers".
The Tertiary Education Union says the institute is trying to compress 17-week degree papers in accounting, economics and law into eight weeks.
Its co-president, Jill Jones told Morning Report the change was unsound and would damage MIT's reputation.
She said spreading the course over a longer time helped teachers to build relationships with students and support their learning.
In a statement, MIT said the number of teaching hours remained unchanged under the new compressed model, and students were supportive of the shorter courses.