n South African Journal of Higher Education - B.Sc. graduate output - a success indicator of access programs at Walter Sisulu University

Volume 26, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



This research set out to evaluate whether the periodic review, adaptations and implementation strategies in the B.Sc. access programs with foundation provision in the Faculty of Science Engineering and Technology at Walter Sisulu University from 1998 to 2007 have had any impact on the number of B.Sc. graduates produced. The study also evaluated whether the programs addressed issues such as redress, access and success for which they were initiated in conjunction with government policies andavailable resources. A longitudinal action research that involved review of program models, selection criteria, curriculum, pedagogy, assessment, monitoring and impactwas carried out. Data was collected annually from 1998 to 2011 and a three phase analysis was made. The overall analysis indicated that the programs afford an alternateentry point to higher education and training (HET) to aspiring science matriculates in a semi urban/rural catchment area providing redress and access. The students from the programs from 1998 to 2007 (without considering the effects of attrition and migration) have made a commendable 14 per cent contribution to the annual FSET number of B.Sc. graduates where the annual allowed intake of access students is about 15 per cent.

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