INTEGRATED ACADEMIC ADVISING PROGRAMME AT DUT
The quote provided above was found in the Council of Higher Education (CHE) report on higher education undergraduate curriculum in South Africa. According to Ndebele et al. (2013), South Africa’s transition to democracy since 1994 and the inequalities in terms of access that have been addressed thus far are those of race, gender and admission to a higher education institution. According to the report, it was also found that the graduation rates for three-year degrees, four-year degrees and three-year diplomas have only increased slightly and the graduates produced do not always meet the needs of economic and social development. The reported research found that from 2006 only 35% graduated – but not within the allocated time – and 55% of students may never graduate (Ndebele et al., 2013:47–52).
In the CHE report Ndebele et al. (2013) give an overview of higher education, with emphasis on access and graduation. The report outlines the institutions’ responsibilities in supporting students and the role Academic Development units and Student Support Services play as agents in developing and supporting students academically (Ndebele et al., 2013:155).
It is vital for Academic Development and Student Support Services to work together in providing holistic support to students that are entering higher education for the first time or are already in the system. Therefore, an Academic Advising programme should be explored to develop and support the student during their studies at the institution.
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