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ERIC Number: EJ766041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
"Academic Drift" in South African Universities of Technology: Beneficial or Detrimental?
Kraak, Andre
Perspectives in Education, v24 n3 p135-152 Sep 2006
This article examines the issue of academic drift with reference to South Africa's former technikons. The shift from technikon to university of technology and the policy issues which surround these changes, have been viewed pejoratively by many commentators and stakeholders in the technikon sector as "academic drift" with several undesirable educational and economic consequences. It is of course too early to determine how history will judge these recent developments. Up until now participants in the academic drift and merger debates have been higher education leaders who have responded in largely defensive ways, viewing "academic drift" pejoratively, and seeking to protect their institutional rung upon the trinary ladder. The analysis in this article will suggest that the recent developments in South Africa, in particular the upgrading of technikons into universities of technology, could constitute a shift to a more enabling educational environment in which the skill needs of the economy and society are more adequately addressed. This will occur only if four limiting conditions facing the universities of technology are addressed.
Perspectives in Education. Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa. Tel: +27-12-420-4732; Fax: +27-12-420-3003; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa