Dean and Associate Professor, Suellen Shay, asks whether South African universities are ready for the latest crop of matriculants.
Page 4 of the Institutional Planning Department's latest newsletter profiles a new study that explores the relationship between the academic performance in the National Benchmark Tests and National Senior Certificate in problematic courses in the first year of study at UCT.
Two new papers on Academic Literacy (AL) by CETAP's AL Research Lead, Kabelo Sebolai, have been published:
Sebolai, K., and D. Y. Dzansi. 2015. "Measuring the Impact of an Academic Literacy Programme at a South African University of Technology." International Journal of Educational Sciences, v.10(2): 248-255.
Sebolai, K., and L. Huff. "Academic Literacy Curriculum Renewal at a South African University: A Case Study." Journal for Language Teaching 49.1 (2015): 333-351.
"Most of the young people who matriculate in South Africa and qualify on paper to apply to study further simply aren’t ready for the rigours of a university education. This isn’t a sweeping generalisation: it’s proved by data collected over five years as part of the country’s National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy."
Alan Cliff, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching at University of Cape Town, writes about the National Benchmark Tests and readiness for university education.