n South African Journal of Higher Education - The management of multicampus systems : the practice of higher education

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Multicampus systems are widespread in the American higher education scene, where 80 percent of students study in multicampus institutions. They are increasingly becoming a factor in universities worldwide. The incorporation of teacher training colleges into universities, and now the current trend towards mergers, means that they will become a major feature in South African higher education too. A recent study of the American multicampus systems suggests that the hopes that multicampus systems would deliver more coherent and rational planning did not always materialise. A major reason is that in multicampus systems there seems to have been little will to rationalise resources between campuses. At the same time, the loss of a clear identity and voice for the local campus has meant that the ambitions and goals of local campuses have sometimes been stifled. The local campuses sometimes became discouraged and demoralised. The question is whether a management system can be developed which will tend to both of these opposites.

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