This project is designed to contribute to the field of higher education studies that feeds into effective and efficient management of higher education in South African and other African countries. This project, implemented jointly with the Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR), will investigate three key issues:
- The scope and characteristics of research into higher education in South Africa and other southern African countries (for example trends in research outputs; prominent themes, methodologies and research designs; demographic and other information about productive scholars; prominent scholarly outlets, etc.)? The challenge is to map the results of a bibliometric study of scholarly research outputs in the field of higher education, as well as grey literature within the repositories of universities, into a comprehensive whole?
- The need for improved communication and coordination between researchers working on higher education topics across Africa.
- Understanding uptake of higher education research by decision makers within universities and policy makers at the national level.