n South African Journal of Higher Education - Theses on institutional planning and research at universities

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Institutional research is critical for informing a university's goals and policies, for effective and penetrating review of a university's performance, for continuous improvements in teaching and learning, scholarship, research, community engagement and for the overall functioning of a university. Institutional research is also a key input into institutional planning, the process of careful and considered deliberation and making of choices on the academic and overall institutional trajectory and development of the university. A university which does not seek to be entirely shaped by historical patterns and contemporary currents and pressures strives to proactively and consciously shape its own future. Institutional research and planning agendas are not purely technical and neutral issues. They are shaped by values and politics, the latter understood as contestation and struggles over social relations, over what kind of institution a university seeks to be.

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