Information flows in the South African post school education and training sector

The White Paper for Post School Education and Training (PSET) articulates a commitment to building a post school education and training system that is responsive to the needs of individual citizens, employers in both public and private sectors, as well as broader societal and developmental objectives.  Evidence based policy and planning is critical for determining, and responding to, these needs.

This project is being undertaken to provide a systemic study of the landscape of public universities, TVET colleges and relevant PSET government stakeholder in South Africa with respect to the collection, analysis, reporting and dissemination of information.

Research questions

  • Who are the stakeholders creating and sharing information resources relevant to the PSET system?
  • What are the national initiatives currently receiving support from government and/or foundations to strengthen information resources on the post school system and how do they relate to each of Terenzini’s levels? This would include the data policy requirements for universities and TVETs.
  • What information resources are currently being produced and how do they map to Terenzini’s three levels?
  • Which of these information resources are being used and by whom?
  • How easy is it to access the information resources generated in different kinds of spaces?
  • What are the key challenges and future needs with regards to information resource production and use within the sector?

Empirical findings from a baseline survey show that institutions have varying degrees of capacity to gather information and conduct analytical research. Access the working paper here.

This project is funded by the Kresge Foundation.