ERIC Number: EJ1067505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Social Justice and South African University Student Enrolment Data by "Race", 1998-2012: From "Skewed Revolution" to "Stalled Revolution"
Higher Education Quarterly, v69 n3 p237-262 Jul 2015
The paper looks closely at student enrolment trends through a case study of South African "race" enrolment data, including some hypotheses about how student social class has influenced these trends. First, data on 1988-1998 enrolments showing a "skewed revolution" in student africanisation are summarised. Then, using 2000-2012 data for the 23 new post-2000 universities and universities of technology, it is argued that the "official" categorisation of these institutions masks new socio-economic inequalities; and a better understanding of the "skewed" and "stalled" africanisation revolution is possible using classification into three proposed new categories based on postgraduate enrolments and staff publications as indices of research-intensivity at each institution: (1) five "upper band" universities; (2) seven "middle band" universities; and (3) eleven "lower band" universities. The paper concludes by distinguishing between 'reformist' and 'radical' national transformation policies in order to identify their impact on these new race- and class-based student inequalities.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Enrollment, Social Justice, Race, Case Studies, Social Class, College Students, Enrollment Trends, Classification, Institutional Characteristics, Educational Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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