n South African Journal of Higher Education - Maximizing income via the Higher Education Funding Framework in Health Sciences

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



The National Plan for Higher Education (2001) mooted funding as a lever to engender equitable student access, quality teaching and research, improved student retention and throughput and the production of graduates responsive to the country's social and economic needs. Maximizing income via the teaching input and output grants, the research output grant and the institutional factor grants necessitates innovative strategies pre- and post student admission. Recruitment drives targeting schools with largely disadvantaged student populations, student selection using tools predictive of student success, comprehensive and holistic student support, and, curriculum and pedagogical interventions address both access and success within the equity and transformation paradigms, while also assuring financial viability of higher education institutions. This article describes the context and rationale behind the 'selection tools project', the 'academic development and student support project', the 'web-based / online Masters programme' and Faculty-specific rules for postgraduate degrees initiated in the Faculty of Health Sciences, delineating impact where possible.

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