These questions have particular resonance in the South African higher education context, which is attempting to tackle the challenges of widening access and improving completion rates
in in a system in which the segregations of the apartheid years
are still apparent.
Higher education is recognised in core legislation as having a distinctive and crucial role in building post-apartheid society. Undergraduate education is seen as central to addressing skills shortages in South Africa. It is also seen to yield significant social returns, including a consistent positive impact on societal institutions and the development of a range of capabilities that
have public, as well as private, benefits.
This book offers comprehensive contemporary evidence that allows for a fresh engagement with these pressing issues.