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Li, Youngshan; Fang, Yuanyuan – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
Student affairs administration in Chinese universities is characterised by a dual-layer system of governance, with student affairs practitioners, i.e. advisors to students, being supervised by either central university administration or by affiliated colleges. In the last decade, government-oriented developments have achieved great success in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Barriers, Student Personnel Services, Student Personnel Workers
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Dunn-Coetzee, Munita; Fourie-Malherbe, Magda – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
Twenty-two years after apartheid South African higher education is still struggling with challenges around access, success and transformation. Stellenbosch University (SU), as a historically white university, is striving to become significantly better and different in terms of relevance and active role-playing. SU wants to prepare students to…
Descriptors: Social Change, Higher Education, Online Surveys, Student Surveys
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Bazezew, Arega; Neka, Mulugeta – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
Interpersonal conflict happens everywhere and at any time and is inherent in all societies. However, the methods of managing such conflict are quite different from one organisation to the other. The general objective of the study was to assess interpersonal conflicts and styles of managing conflicts among students at Bahir Dar University.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Conflict, Interpersonal Relationship, Peer Relationship
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de Klerk, Danie; Spark, Linda; Jones, Andrew; Maleswena, Tshepiso – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
Student success, faculty and university throughput, and the need for adequate and appropriate student support remain prevalent issues in the South African and global higher education sectors. Subsequently, the Faculty of Commerce, Law, and Management at a large South African university applied for Teaching and Development Grant funding in order to…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Success, Holistic Approach, Intervention
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Martinez, Maria L.; Colaner, Kevin T. – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
Global participation in international education in the last two decades has increased exponentially. International students face difficulties in adjusting to the culture of their host country due to their unique needs (Bertram, Poulakis, Elsasser & Kumar, 2014). This article presents themes comprising the international education phenomenon…
Descriptors: International Education, Student Experience, English (Second Language), Asians
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Pansiri, Barbra M.; Sinkamba, Refilwe P. – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
The Student Affairs Departments have seen immense growth over the years, from a discourse which had no academic relevance in higher education, to that which is expected to add value to the attraction, retention, and graduation of students. However, the latest developments have seen the role of Student Affairs Departments grow from "in-loco…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Student Personnel Services, Academic Standards, Educational Improvement
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Erasmus, Mianda – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
Large classes are a reality in many tertiary programmes in the South African context and this involves several challenges. One of these is the assessment process, including the provision of meaningful feedback and implementing strategies to support struggling students. Due to large student numbers, multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are often used…
Descriptors: Supplementary Education, Large Group Instruction, Action Research, Intervention
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du Buisson, Theuns – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
Conducting undergraduate studies in the English language, while only a small minority of students speak English at home, poses many problems to learning in the South African context. This article explores how restrictive language policies may influence proper learning and impact negatively on the self-understanding of students. It also explores…
Descriptors: Multilingual Materials, Multilingualism, Tutorial Programs, Undergraduate Study
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Spark, Linda; De Klerk, Danie; Maleswena, Tshepiso; Jones, Andrew – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
The exponential growth of higher education enrolment in South Africa has resulted in increased diversity of the student body, leading to a proliferation of factors that affect student performance and success. Various initiatives have been adopted by tertiary institutions to mitigate the negative impact these factors may have on student success,…
Descriptors: Success, Teaching Methods, Curriculum Implementation, Tutoring
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Frade, Nelia; Tiroyabone, Gugu Wendy – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
The power and importance of peer influence in educational settings has been well documented (Cuseo, 2010; Ender & Kay, 2001; Keup, 2010). In South Africa, research supports international trends that student involvement in peer-led activities contributes to student success and ultimate throughput (Layton & McKenna, 2015; Loots, 2009;…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Peer Groups, Student Leadership, Student Experience
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Paideya, Vino; Bengesai, Annah – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
The aim of this systematic review was to examine research studies which focus on effective student support practices and show evidence of credible assessment. To identify effective student support practices, and also to provide a contemporary picture of effective support practices at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, 24 studies which met the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Higher Education, Journal Articles
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Mashela, Langutani Mary; Mabika, Memory – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
The University of Venda introduced an academic mentoring programme in 2012. The introduction of the programme was in response to the results of a national study that was conducted by Scott, Yeld and Hendry (2007). The study was replicated at institutional level and it yielded similar results that indicated that at least 30% of undergraduate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mentors, Program Effectiveness, Undergraduate Students
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Faroa, Brendon Duran – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
Student engagement has been defined as the extent to which students are engaged in activities that higher education research has shown to be linked with high-quality learning outcomes. The ubiquitous influence of the term "student engagement" has been felt throughout the higher education landscape. This is especially true for South…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Tutoring, Learner Engagement
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Makola, Qonda – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
The majority of the students who enroll at the Walter Sisulu University (WSU) in South Africa are not equipped with the necessary academic/learning skills to cope with the university environment, especially in Mechanical Engineering. The Department of Higher Education and Training (2013, p. 17), further states that "students' support is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, College Readiness, Engineering Education
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Mason, Henry D. – Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, 2017
This article reports on a qualitative study that explored the use of coping strategies among first-year students in managing academic-related stressors. Qualitative data were collected using a non-probability and purposive sample. A total of 225 first-year students who were registered at a South African university participated in the study by…
Descriptors: Stress Management, Qualitative Research, College Freshmen, Coping
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