n South African Journal of Higher Education - Shifting sands on differentiation and specialisation in higher education in South Africa
|Article Title||Shifting sands on differentiation and specialisation in higher education in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Higher Education South Africa (HESA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Higher Education|
|Affiliations||1 Central University of Technology and 2 Vaal University of Technology|
|Publication Date||Jan 2016|
|Pages||164 - 183|
|Keyword(s)||Differentiation, Differentiation creep, Diversification, Mission drift, Purposes and mandates and Specialisation|
This article examines shifts in, and variations of, differentiation, diversification and specialisation and their impact on missions and mandates of different institutional types in South Africa. It explores patterns and how these might encourage institutional 'mission drift', arguing that, in practice, institutions are positioned on a continuum. While legally mandated institutional boundaries are still common, there is increasing support for the blurring of these boundaries because of changing conditions in the new economy. Mission drift could be attributed to the decline in government funding, increasing private contribution and entrepreneurship.
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