University of the Free State: Key Performance Indicators

Report
Nico Cloete
UOFS
January 2014
Theory and Research Issues
1. Strengthening knowledge production is a matter of training but needs to be informed by research, and not be
mimicking ‘so called global best practices’
2. Higher education is supposed to be about new knowledge and innovation, but it is largely about imitation of
high status institutions or ‘global fads’ (Goedegebuure and Meek, 1998)
3. Through a process of mimetic normative isomorphism, the ‘new’ professionalising management’s notions of
‘successful’ institutions have been mimicked and exchanged through professional networks to promote and
consolidate their position in the institution (Gornitska and Larsen, 2004) .
4. Country and institutional differentiation seems to be largely ignored in ‘universal prescriptions’ (medicine)
5. Riesman’s ‘snake dilemma’ in higher education
A differentiated public university system (2010)
3
Completion of 3 year degrees – 2006 cohort
University
North West
University
University of
Cape Town
University
of Free State
University of
Johannesburg
National
(excl. UNISA)
Entrants
2 896
1 900
2 474
3 362
32 542
End of year 1 End of year 3 End of year 5 *End of 6 years
Dropping out AT:
21%
Graduating AT:
Dropping out AT:
22%
Graduating AT:
Dropping out AT:
24%
Graduating AT:
Dropping out AT:
23%
Graduating AT:
Dropping out AT:
24%
Graduating AT:
* Includes students that would have returned the next year
32%
35%
37%
38%
61%
63%
32%
35%
36%
38%
62%
64%
43%
50%
55%
20%
42%
45%
32%
36%
39%
35%
58%
61%
37%
41%
44%
29%
53%
56%
Progress of 2004 intakes of new doctoral students after 7 years
graduates as % of new doctoral intake of 2004 after 7 years
US
% drop outs or incomplete after 7 years
71%
UCT
29%
66%
NWU
34%
54%
UJ
46%
44%
UFS
56%
38%
0%
10%
20%
62%
30%
40%
50%
60%
70%
80%
90%
100%
African doctoral graduates by institution
as % of total doctoral graduates, 2011
UP
12.3
UKZN
11.5
WITS
11.2
UNISA
8.2
UCT
7.6
NWU
4.1
UFS
4.1
UJ
2.5
0
2
4
6
8
10
12
14
Percentage of the academic staff with doctorates by institution, 2011
70%
63%
60%
49%
50%
42%
40%
37%
33%
30%
20%
10%
0%
UCT
NWU
UFS
UJ
National Average
Ratios of doctoral graduates to academic staff with doctoral degrees, 2011
0.35
0.30
0.30
0.25
0.24
0.25
0.24
0.20
0.20
0.15
0.10
0.05
0.00
UFS
UCT
UJ
NWU
National Average
Research outputs, 2012
3.00
2.38
2.50
2.00
1.50
1.48
1.38
1.41
1.29
1.26
0.87
1.00
0.70
0.71
0.68
0.50
0.00
UCT
UJ
Publication units per perm acad staff
NWU
UFS
Weighted research output per perm acad staff
National
Proportion of black doctoral graduates
as % of total doctoral graduates per university, 2011
UCT
48%
UFS
36%
UJ
31%
NWU
28%
National
54%
0%
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
Increases in doctoral graduates, 2008 to 2011
2008
2011
Average annual growth rate: 2008 - 2011
180
30.0%
163
160
24.8%
151
25.0%
140
20.0%
115
120
107
100
100
15.0%
80
73
68
55
60
5.0%
4.8%
40
10.0%
2.6%
0.0%
20
-2.3%
0
-5.0%
Cape Town
Free State
North West
Johannesburg

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