Project time line: 2016 (completed)

This project brought together 26 researchers representing 13 universities in South Africa and the USA, as well as a collaborator from the Department of Higher Education and Training in South Africa, to join forces in researching the history, current state and possible future directions for institutional research in South African higher education. Institutional research (IR) is the work done by staff members employed by higher education institutions (HEIs) to collect, organize and report institutional data. It is also about how leaders at different levels in institutions and higher education systems use this data and information in decision- and policy-making.

The overall aim of the project was to write a critical history of the development of institutional research in South Africa since 1994 and to explore and describe the unique characteristics of this field of scholarship in this part of the world.
SciSTIP partnered with the Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) in this project.

Key output to date

A book has resulted from this project, featuring several chapters written by SciSTIP-funded researchers:

Botha, J., & Muller, N.J. 2016. Institutional research in South African higher education – intersecting contexts and practices. Stellenbosch: Sun Media

Research team