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A decade of regulating private higher education in South Africa

Sehoole, Chika

Abstract:
Globally, the growth and expansion of public higher education have been accompanied by the decline in public resources for higher education. This has impacted negatively on the quality of public higher education—thus prompting students to look for alternatives, including private higher education institutions. South Africa is no exception to these developments and has, since the end of apartheid in 1994, experienced a rapid expansion of private higher education activities. This happened given the availability of a limited number of places in public higher education institutions for high school graduates. This created a fertile ground for the growth in the number of private providers. From a pre-1994 period, whereby under apartheid private higher education was outlawed, the number of private institutions grew rapidly—to about 300 in 1999. Many of these institutions, especially foreign private providers, were operating in partnerships with public institutions.

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Document Title: A decade of regulating private higher education in South Africa
Journal: International Higher Education
Volume: 66
Issue: Winter


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Institutional Management
Country:South Africa
Keywords:Higher Education, Private Higher Education, Higher Education Institutions HEI s, Regulation of Private Higher Education, Regulation of Higher Education


File Size:73 KB
Date Added:31 January 2012


A decade of regulating private higher education in South Africa