Research

IntroductionEnhancing the quality of teaching and learning is a key strategic focus area in higher education. From a national perspective, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has…
IntroductionHigher Education policy development - from the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) of 1995, through to the Higher Education Act of 1997 and the White Paper on Higher Education…
ForewordThe Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body established by the Higher Education Act of 1997. The CHE's mission is to contribute to the development of a higher…
ForewordThe Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body established by the Higher Education Act of 1997. Its mandate is to advise the Minister of Education on all matters of…
PrefaceThe Chair, representatives of various stakeholder organisations and research and development agencies, invited guests from the donor community and media, members of the Council on Higher…
IntroductionOne specific responsibility allocated to the Council on Higher Education (CHE) by the Higher Education Act of 1997 is to advise the Minister of Education on stimulating greater…
ForewordA project focused on quality issues in research management was started by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) in 2003. This project was intended to draw attention to the importance…
Executive SummaryThis project has three primary objectives: the description and analysis of the present state of governance in South African higher education; an analysis and re-examination of the…
IntroductionThe knowledge economy and other contemporary realities in developed countries have underlined the importance of higher education institutions as agents for socio-economic transmission and…
Consolidated Bibliography on the General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS) and Higher EducationProduced in terms of the April 2004 Association of African Universities Accra Declaration on GATS…
Executive SummaryThe restructuring of the South African higher education system ranges widely across mergers, incorporations, the creation of new institutional forms, and regional-level programme…
ForewordThe Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent, statutory body established by the Higher Education Act of 1997. The CHE’s mission is to contribute to the development of a higher…
As the costs of higher education escalate and the struggle intensifies to gain access to higher education and succeed in acquiring a qualification that opens up employment opportunities, the issue of…
IntroductionThis paper advances and draws on the following four propositions. First, in analysing the role of universities in social transformation there is a need to draw a distinction between the…
IntroductionThis is the first formal statement of government's policy on the implementation of the NQF since the historic passage of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Act in 1995.This…
Introduction by the editorsSince the demise of the apartheid order, South African higher education has seen massive changes which have left an indelible imprint on the system, its constituent…
Executive summaryThis report is a preliminary exploration of the potential of a ‘social compact approach’ for building shared understandings of academic freedom, institutional autonomy and…
IntroductionIn 2005, the HEQC requested a number of people from different merger contexts to produce case studies on dealing with so-called "pipeline students" within their respective institutions.…
IntroductionThere can be no better time for the Council on Higher Education (CHE) to investigate whether institutional autonomy and academic freedom are under threat in South Africa. Xolela Mangcu’s…
IntroductionAn enquiry into the public accountability of higher education institutions in South Africa (or, indeed, in any society), requires us to pose several related questions. First, are South…
IntroductionIn most countries the last five decades have witnessed fundamental changes in the relationships between HEIs, society and government. This has forced HEIs to redefine themselves in…
ForewordPublication of this book represents an historic turn for higher education in South Africa, and for service-learning worldwide. For South Africa this is the first publication addressed to…
Introduction1. Purpose of the PaperThis paper has been prepared for the Council on Higher Education (CHE) Task Team investigating South African government involvement in, and regulation of, higher…
The purpose of the investigationThe purpose of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) investigation and research is toStimulate through scholarly debate and discussion, research and writings, and…
The CHE has established a Task Team to investigate the involvement of government and other agencies in South African Higher Education in the context of the principles of Institutional Autonomy,…
IntroductionThe production of university graduates – and especially postgraduate students – is an essential component of the national system of innovation of modern industrialized societies. Such…
ForewordEducation White Paper 3 on the transformation of higher education (Department of Education, 1997: 23) calls for “feasibility studies and pilot programmes which explore the potential of…
Executive SummaryThis is the report of the independent Task Team on Higher Education, Institutional Autonomy and Academic Freedom (HEIAAF), established by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) in mid…
Opening sessionWelcome: Dr Lesley ShackletonDr Shackleton officially opened the conference by welcoming delegates and reading conference greetings from Dr Judith White, President of HERS America and…
PrefaceIn moments of great historic transitions the world over, extremes of action are normal. Corrective in their intent, they are part of the logic of change. The ascendant power requires “its own…
ForewordThe Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) is a five-year project of the CHE, focused on the improvement of teaching and learning in both public and private higher education institutions carried…