n Koers : Bulletin for Christian Scholarship = Koers : Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap - South Africa and higher education
Higher education in South Africa : a scholarly look behind the scenes, Eli Bitzer (Ed.) : reviews

Volume 74, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0023-270X
  • E-ISSN: 2304-8557



This book consists of a collection of contributions in the field of higher education in South Africa, published as a tribute to the work of Prof. Kalie Strydom, emeritus of the former University of the Orange Free State, and one of the doyens in the field of higher education in South Africa. Eli Bitzer, the editor, also a prominent scholar in that field, succeeded in attracting contributions from a wide array of scholars. By his own admission, however, he did not succeed in involving all of the acknowledged South African experts in the field (mostly due to time constraints), with the result that important themes such as the financing of higher education in South Africa, the debate on the tension between higher education and the state, the role of higher education in economic development and equity (including problems such as affirmative action), student access (including the problem of massification), and staff workload had to be left by the wayside. Despite this lacuna, this collection of articles covers so many other issues that even a relatively uninformed reader would gain an excellent grasp of the higher education situation in South Africa in 2009.

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