All higher-education (HE) and further education and training (FET) institutions in South Africa now have the opportunity to administer a range of surveys to determine the extent to which their students and staff are involved in the behaviours that have been identified as significant for student success.

Surveys


Five surveys measure student engagement among undergraduate students and lecturers at South African post-secondary institutions. The following dedicated surveys are available for administration at institutions for HE and for FET:

What can the data from student engagement surveys be used for?


Among the greatest benefits of student engagement surveys are that they promote critical, internal self-reflection and reflective accountability, provide institutions with information about issues that they can focus on, and enable them to gather data systematically in order to develop interventions within the parameters of their own missions.

Data from student engagement surveys can be used to promote quality teaching and learning to maximise the opportunities for student success by providing actionable data,

  • For improving student retention and progress;
  • To identify constraints in the teaching and learning environment;
  • For encouraging creative pedagogic practices;
  • For innovation in curriculum design;
  • To develop systematic approaches to the monitoring of teaching and learning; and
  • To facilitate staff capacity development.
We provide participating institutions with detailed analyses and information tools, including,

  • An institution-specific data file containing raw data from the survey items;
  • A benchmark report comparing student scores with that of other institutions and the overall SASSE sample;
  • A customised institutional report that includes responses by year of study, statistical comparisons between year groups and frequency distribution and means comparison reports; and
  • Other services, such as workshops, staff development and training.
By using the data gathered at South African institutions to compile a picture of the South African student, we believe we can contribute to national efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning, especially for undergraduates, and to creating conditions that are more conducive to student success countrywide.