n South African Journal of Higher Education - Understanding the needs of science access students for university support services
|Article Title||Understanding the needs of science access students for university support services|
|© Publisher:||Higher Education South Africa (HESA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Higher Education|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu Natal and 2 University of KwaZulu Natal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2012|
|Pages||908 - 925|
The need to develop science capacity in South Africa has been recognised as a national priority both to address past inequalities and for economic development. However, many students wanting to enter science-related programmes in universities lack the necessary skills, knowledge and resources and thus access programmes have been developed to bridge the gap. This research takes a marketing approach and thus seeks to establish the needs of science access students at the point of entry into the university. An exploratory design using questionnaires administered to the population of studentsenrolled for the University of KwaZulu-Natalâ??s, Science Foundation Programme, was used. Analysis of the results indicates that the most important needs of these students are for career and counselling advice, financial support and information. Recommendations are provided to universities on how to address these needs so as contribute positively to the development of science capacity in South Africa.
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