Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning


In an age of unprecedented turbulence, universities face unpredictable and disruptive futures. When combined with the increasing demands for public accountability and transformation, productivity and innovation, access and success, and the intimidating clouds of world rankings, uninformed and underprepared universities face significant reputational loss.

The Directorate of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (DIRAP) is critical in enabling the University of the Free State to successfully navigate the perfect storm of contemporary post-secondary education provisioning to achieve its Vision 130 strategic intent.

Functional Areas

DIRAP provides seamless mission-critical services encompassing the following:

  • Strategy formulation and planning
  • Data-driven decision-making
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Institutional research
  • Academic planning and quality assurance
  • Management and business intelligence systems
  • Statutory and standard reports

DIRAP Directorates

DIRAP comprises of the Office of the Senior Director and three closely interrelated directorates, namely Monitoring and Institutional Research (MIR), Academic Planning and Quality Promotion (AP), and Institutional Information Systems.

Directorates collaboration

These Directorates collaborate to support the 2023 to 2028 Strategic Plan and Vision 130 of the UFS, with a specific focus on the following objectives and strategies:
  • Increasing student success by improving the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Implementing strategic management of enrolments to achieve academic sustainability and to maximise our government subsidy in terms of teaching input and output, thereby reducing the UFS’s dependence on tuition fees, and
  • Improving student equity by narrowing the gap in success rates between black and white students.

Content of the Week

Graduation Latest - 2023

9 143

Graduates Total

  • 6 547

    Graduates Undergraduates

  • 23.0%

    Graduation Rate Overall

  • 26.0%

    Graduation Rate Masters

  • 55.2%

    Graduation Rate PG Dip

  • 2 596

    Graduates Postgraduates

  • 17.5%

    Graduation Rate Doctoral

  • 68.1%

    Graduation Rate Honours

  • 19.7%

    Graduation Rate Undergraduates

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