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Essack, S. Y.; Wedekind, V.; Naidoo, I. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The challenge of translating equity of access into equity of outcome with students from a differentially resourced secondary education system which may have advantaged or disadvantaged them in demonstrating their academic ability in the conventional matriculation/national senior certificate (NSC) examinations necessitated that Universities…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Advantaged, Disadvantaged
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Hlalele, D.; Alexander, G. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
University access programmes inherently and inevitably provide students with a "label". Firstly, students are generally segregated and stigmatised as they are treated as a separate group that accessed university somewhat "illegitimately". Access programmes generally place more emphasis on academic development and in so doing…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Evidence, Racial Discrimination, Access to Education
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Reddy, K. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) lays the basis for the protection of consumer rights in South Africa and comprehensively sets out obligations for "suppliers". There have been differing views expressed as to whether a student should be seen as a consumer. It is clear, however, that this Act applies to HEIs. This article, firstly,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Consumer Science, Disabilities, Federal Legislation
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van der Westhuizen, G. J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2012
Since 1994, education policy documents in South Africa have prioritised the goal of equity in education, understood as increased access to programmes, more equitable staff and student profiles, and curricula that are more responsive to the needs of all students. The challenge of effecting the goal of equity at levels of teaching and learning in…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Profiles, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries
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Dreyer, L. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
In South Africa, the processes of democratisation and social restructuring are inextricably linked to the debate on inclusive education. Although the debate on inclusive education originated in the disability discourse, it is increasingly viewed broader as a reform that supports and welcomes diversity. While the constitution and policy framework…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Inclusion, Disabilities, Foreign Countries
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Heymann, L.; Carolissen, R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
In the United States first-generation students (FGSs), those who are the first in their families to attend university, are recognised as disadvantaged and receive government support. Amidst affirmative action debates in higher education in South Africa, an increased awareness has emerged about challenges that FGSs in this country face. A…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, First Generation College Students, Access to Education
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Mafumo, T. N. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
This article analyses the National Plan of Higher Education (NPHE) and argues that the NPHE mainly uses formal concepts of social justice in bringing redress and equity to the higher education. It further argues that the plan could meaningfully and better address issues of equity and redress by employing substantive forms of justice. Firstly, the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Social Justice, National Programs
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Ellery, K. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2011
Gross participation and throughput rates in higher education institutions in South Africa indicate an inequitable and poorly functioning system. This interpretive study argues for an approach that enhances epistemological and ontological access and examines how an intervention that includes an overt approach in dealing with the nature of science,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries, Epistemology
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Swanepoel, C. H. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
During the past two decades, higher education in South Africa has been affected drastically by transformation. An issue that has specifically been influenced is master's degrees. A significant increase in the demand for access to course work master's degrees has been experienced, while universities themselves have been confronted with a new…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Masters Degrees, Expectation, Graduate Study
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Soudien, C. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
The purpose of this article is to attempt a surfacing of the assumptions and discourses surrounding the affirmative action debate in higher education in South Africa. The article draws attention to two dominant discourses--the first being that of the patriotic university, and the second being that of the global university. In terms of the first…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Affirmative Action, Foreign Countries, Access to Education
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Favish, J.; Hendry, J. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
The article outlines how UCT's commitment to redress and diversity has officially guided the university's approach to admissions planning. In 2009 the Senate requested the Vice Chancellor to conduct a review of the admissions policy particularly to determine whether race continued to be an adequate proxy for disadvantage. This article analyses…
Descriptors: Universities, College Admission, School Policy, Race
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Bitzer, E. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
This paper is not a direct response to any particular contribution in the debate on the race-based affirmative action policy at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Rather, while I try to understand the essential line of argumentation of each of the UCT authors, my article points to the importance of equity and access as crucial factors in higher…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Socioeconomic Status, Affirmative Action
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Higgs, P. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
In the light of transformational discourses in higher education in South Africa, it has become necessary to pose the question--what is a university? Such a question requires that the idea of the university, as well as its role in society be reflected upon critically. This author contends that much of present day transformational discourse in…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Campuses, Race, Racial Relations
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Mahlomaholo, S. M. G.; Francis, D.; Nkoane, M. M. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
The assumption grounding this issue of "SAJHE" is that; a university or any institution of higher learning comes to its fullness through serious engagement with the community. All authors herein deconstruct the ivory tower notion of a university and attempt to look at it as an integral instance of civil society which has to contribute…
Descriptors: Social Justice, School Community Relationship, Foreign Countries, Educational Environment
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Firfirey, N.; Carolissen, R. – South African Journal of Higher Education, 2010
There is little research exploring poverty amongst university students, which renders poverty on university campuses invisible. This study aims to begin to understand experiences and constructions of poverty among university students. The qualitative study design uses open-ended, in-depth interviews in which four students from a university in the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Campuses, Qualitative Research
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