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CHE > Media and Publications > Che Events Presentations > Process for and conduct of programme review: The UNISA case study
Rachel Prinsloo
September, 2005

Oosthuizen (2005) outlines various steps that need to be included in the planning and execution of a programme review. Two sub-themes are suggested: the process framework for the review, and the design, methodology and instruments or tools to be used. For the UNISA case study, this paper provides a six-dimensional analysis consisting of the following elements, for the reasons proffered below:

1. UNISA as the dedicated open and distance learning institution
2a. Responsiveness to external realities: The policy environment
2b. Responsiveness to external realities: Global challenges and quality issues for open and distance learning
3. Historical pre-merger context
4. Re-engineering the comprehensive
5. Programme reviews for planning and academic quality assurance at UNISA
6. UNISA structural arrangements and six key challenges.

The first reason is to locate the new dedicated and comprehensive open and distance learning institution in the evolving higher education landscape, and the second is to identify the unique and additional concerns to which it needs to respond. Third, given the immediate merger juncture, it is tactical to reflect on the historical pre-merger contexts which could further underpin strategies for re-engineering the comprehensive, especially with regard to the seminal work already undertaken on programme review outputs to inform planning and quality assurance arrangements.

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