28 – 30 June 2016
2nd Siyaphumelela Conference
Durban, South Africa
Theme: Promising practices towards systemic interventions for student success
In 2014, the Kresge Foundation invited South Africa’s public universities to apply to participate in the Siyaphumelela – we succeed programme aimed at enhancing the use of data analytics to improve student retention and success in higher education. The selected universities (Wits, UP, UFS, NMMU and most recently DUT) have provided a plan to improve their institutional capacity to collect and analyze student data and integrate it with institutional research, information technology systems, academic development, planning and academic divisions within their institutions to increase student success.
From 23 to 26 February 2016 a South African delegation, sponsored by the Kresge Foundation, participated in DREAM 2016, the Achieving the Dream’s Annual Institute on Student Success, in Atlanta (USA).
“Started in 2004 by a group of founding partners and national and regional philanthropic investors, Achieving the Dream was revolutionary at that moment, catalysing a national conversation around student success and completion.
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"Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets" (Paul Batalden) gave the delegates - including 25 South Africans attendees - of the Achieving the Dream conference opportunity to pause for reflection. The conference took place during a week of protest at several South African higher education institutions which were to some extent a continuation of the #FeesMustFall campaign.
The development of the UP Career App·tizer was one of the Kresge projects of the University of Pretoria in 2015. The Career App·tizer is a career exploration tool aimed at high school learners and first year students. As the name suggests it aims to get high school learners to start exploring different courses and careers offered by the University of Pretoria.
- The Panama Papers, Public Education and Democracy
Apr 04, 2016. Susan Robertson, University of Bristol elaborates on the latest leaks of the rich and the powerful and the impact that these avaricious antics have had on the public good, like education.
- Learning Analytics and Big Data: A tentative exploration
Mar 10, 2016. A presentation by Paul Prinsloo at the Apereo Africa Conference. Big Data – glimpses of what ‘it’ is, claims to be, where ‘it’ is going and dystopian dreams.
- National learning analytics service: could it feed into the TEF?
Mar 24, 2016. New 'world-first' Jisc project will allow students to compare their performance against their classmates'
- Affirming the Student Success Underground
Apr 04, 2016. An Inside Higher Ed article which highlights the student success efforts of veteran faculty staff and the need to reconcile these strategies with the emerging practices and data that are informing institutional strategies.
- Building a Pathway to Student Success at Georgia State University.
Apr 23, 2015. A Case Study by Martin Kurzweil and D.Derek Wu published by ITHAKA S+R. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding use of case study.
- Student Access and Success: Issues and Interventions in South African Universities
Jan 01, 2014. The South African Institute for Advancement has published a comprehensive report into the key access and success challenges facing public higher education in South Africa. In-depth interviews were conducted with 18 of our 23 universities for the study funded by US-based Kresge Foundation. Report finds that a systemic change is needed to improve access and success at South African universities.
- Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work.
Jan 01, 2012. An in-depth look at how organizations of all types, acting in diverse settings, are implementing a collective impact approach to solve large-scale social problems. BY FAY HANLEYBROWN, JOHN KANIA, & MARK KRAMER.
- 2015 Second Higher Education Transformation Summit Documents
Oct 16, 2015. A list of all the documents and presentations that were used at the SA DHET summit hosted in October 2015
- The Problem With Evidence-Based Policies
Feb 16, 2016. Ricard Hausmann, Professor of the Practice of Economic Development at Harvard University critiques the 'gold standard' of Randomised Controlled Trials(RCT'S) in evidence based policy use.
- Doctoral Education in South Africa. Policy, Discourse and Data
Dec 01, 2015. An e-book by Nico Cloete, Johann Mouton and Charles Sheppard which draws on a large number of studies coducted by the the Centre for Higher Education Trust (CHET) and the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) over the past decade focussing on issues that affect the growth, efficiency, quality and transformation of the doctorate in South Africa.
- Student Success Plan (SSP)
SSP is designed to improve retention, academic performance, persistence, graduation rates, and time to degree. The open source SSP case management software supports a holistic coaching and counseling model which expedites proactive interventions for stude
- Council on Higher Education (CHE)
The Council on Higher Education (CHE) is an independent statutory body established in May 1998 in terms of the Higher Education Act (Act No 101 of 1997),and it functions as the Quality Council for Higher Education in South Africa.
- Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
The Department of Higher Education was created in 2009 and is responsible for tertiary education, post-schooling and skills development in South Africa.
- Data Analysis and Data Visualisation Resources (OER Commons)
ISKME created OER Commons, launched in 2007, to support and build a knowledge base around the use and reuse of open educational resources (OER). As a network for teaching and learning materials, the site offers engagement with resources for curriculum ali
- Next Generation Learning - Resources on Learning Analytics
Next Generation Learning Challenges is a collaborative, multi-year initiative created to address the barriers to educational innovation and tap the potential of technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States. This
- Learning and Knowledge Analytics Course Site
This site is devoted to learning and knowledge analytics – a growing area of interest to educators, administrators, and entrepreneurs.
- EDUCAUSE Learning Analytics Library
The EDUCAUSE Library is the preeminent clearing house for information about timely topics and research supporting the use and management of technology in higher education.
- Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards (CETIS) Analytics Series
The CETIS Analytics Series explores a number of key issues around the potential strategic advantages and insights which the increased attention on, and use of, analytics is bringing to the education sector.
- Journal of Learning Analytics
The Journal of Learning Analytics is one mechanism used by the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR) to showcase quality research and practice in the rapidly emerging learning analytics field.
- Civitas Learning
By building a community of forward-thinking higher education institutions, Civitas Learning brings together the best of leading-edge technology, design thinking, and data science in its mission to help a million more college students learn well and complete their studies.