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Changes and continuities in South Africa's higher education system, 1994-2004

Jansen, Jonathan


In this chapter, the author traces and describes the major changes that have taken place in South African higher education over the past decade. The author analyses the reasons why these changes have taken place and briefly examines the future consequences of such changes for the sector and its constituencies. Ten major changes in the higher education system are identified, namely the changing size and shape of the higher education;  the changing meaning of autonomy and accountability;  the changing nature of higher education providers ( private higher education );  the changing character of student distribution and characteristics in higher education;  the changing organization of university management and governance ( new managerialism, councils );  the changing roles of student politics and organization;  the changing models of delivery in higher education;  the changing notion of higher education - between free trade and the public good;  the changing value of higher education programmes ( the rise of the economic sciences and the decline of the humanities );  and the changing nature of the academic workplace. What immediate impact and what long-term effects do these events have on South African higher education?  In addition, the author concludes by identifing and explaining the elements in the higher education system that have remained constant.     

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Chapter Title: Changes and continuities in South Africa's higher education system, 1994-2004
City: Cape Town, South Africa
Publisher: HSRC Press

Document Type:Chapter in Book (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:National Systems and Comparative Studies
Country:South Africa
Keywords:South Africa, Post Apartheid, Transformation of higher education, Autonomy, Private Higher Education, Student Characteristics, Student Politics, Public Good

File Size:113 KB
Rights:Permission to reproduce the chapter granted by copyright holder, HSRC Press
Date Added:06 February 2007

Jansen, Jonathan (2004). Changes and continuities in South Africa's higher education system, 1994-2004. In Linda Chisholm (ed.) Changing class: education and social change in post-apartheid South Africa. Cape Town, South Africa: HSRC Press, 293-314