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Herman, Chaya; Meki Kombe, Charity L. – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
International doctoral students' sojourn encompasses three transitional processes: to the new country, to the university and to a new academic identity as a researcher in a specific discipline. This article examines the role of social networks in facilitating these transitions for international doctoral students at one South African university. It…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Professional Identity, Graduate Students, Foreign Students
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Pitan, Oluyomi S.; Muller, Colette – Higher Education Research and Development, 2019
Stratification, in the form of silent exclusion that is experienced by some groups of students because of the perceived low reputation of the university attended, and which the students have no control over, has been observed as a social menace that works against the concept of equity in education. To address this problem, a need exists for…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Reputation, Employment Potential, Experiential Learning
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Xulu-Gama, Nomkhosi; Nhari, S. R.; Alcock, A.; Cavanagh, M. – Higher Education Research and Development, 2018
This article investigates students' understanding and students' experiences of access and success at a Higher Education Institution. There is a growing discourse around how students at Higher Education Institutions experience access and success. These discussions are imperative so that educational practices, university systems and processes as…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Access to Education, Educational Development, Pilot Projects
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Coetzee, Melinde – Higher Education Research and Development, 2014
The objective of this study is to add to the extant literature on graduate attributes by examining the mediating role of global/moral citizenship and lifelong learning attributes in the relation between students' scholarship attributes and their academic self-directedness in a higher-education open distance learning (ODL) environment. The Graduate…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Moral Values, Lifelong Learning, Higher Education
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McMillan, Wendy – Higher Education Research and Development, 2014
Most new students experience school to university transition as challenging. Students from backgrounds with little or no experience of higher education are most vulnerable in this transition, and most at risk of academic failure. Emotion appears implicated in the differential way in which first-generation students and students with family…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Freshmen, Psychological Patterns, Medical Students
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Hutchings, Cathy – Higher Education Research and Development, 2006
Globally, universities today are attracting students from widely diverse language and cultural backgrounds. However, whilst there are many well-intentioned and supportive institutional endeavours under way, in most cases, it is still apparent that students with certain background characteristics are more successful than others. Disparities that…
Descriptors: Universities, Laboratories, Writing (Composition), Student Diversity