The impact of university incorporation on college lecturers

Show simple item record Becker, L.R. Beukes, Lukas D. Botha, Antoinette Botha, A.C. Botha, Jan Jakobus Botha, M. Cloete, Dina J. Cloete, Johann L. Coetzee, Corene De Beer, L.J. De Bruin, D.J. De Jager, Lizette J. De Villiers, J.J.R. (Rian) Du Toit, Cecilia Magdalena Engelbrecht, Alta Evans, Rinelle Haupt, Maria Margaretha Catharina (Grietjie) Heyns, Danielle Howatt, L.M. Joubert, A.P. Joubert, Ina Niemann, A.C. Phatudi, Nkidi Caroline Randall, Elize Rauscher, Willem Johannes Rautenbach, W.C. Scholtz, S. Schultz, J.C. Swart, Ronel Van Aswegen, Hendrika Johanna Van Heerden, Judith Cornelia (Judy) Van Vollenhoven, Willem Johannes Van Wyk, Elmarie M. Van Wyk, Johannes G.U. Van der Walt, C.A. Van der Westhuizen, Carol N. Vermeulen, Dorette Vorster, A. 2007-03-22T11:12:53Z 2007-03-22T11:12:53Z 2004-09
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dc.description.abstract In South Africa, recent government plans to change the institutional landscape of higher education have resulted in mergers of colleges into universities or technikons. The research reported in this article focuses solely on the impact of a "college-into-university" incorporation as manifested in the personal, emotional and career experiences of these college staff members. It traces the changes in their perceptions and emotions during and after the incorporation process. It also identifies recurring themes and issues evident in the personal lives of those affected by this incorporation. A unique research methodology was engaged: The College staff who had been appointed to the university after the merger, identified seven critical themes and then designed and conducted 30 semi-structured interviews among themselves. This article thus documents the impact of incorporation into a university on the individual and collective lives of the researchers themselves. The data suggest that the emotional impact of incorporation was intense and that the uncertainty, especially, led to considerable trauma. The most important concern emanating from this joint research project is that while a certain degree of distress is unavoidable in any institutional merger, inattention to the management of human resources, emotions and aspirations could linger on, possibly having a negative effect on the ambitions for the transformation of the new entity. en
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dc.identifier.citation Becker, LR et al. 2004, ‘The impact of university incorporation on college lecturers’, Higher Education, vol. 48, issue 2, pp.153-172. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 0018-1560
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer Verlag (Germany) en
dc.rights Springer Verlag en
dc.subject Higher education en
dc.subject Personnel management en
dc.subject Universities & colleges - Employees en
dc.subject Universities & colleges - Mergers en
dc.subject South Africa en
dc.subject College mergers en
dc.subject University mergers en
dc.subject Emotional impact en
dc.subject Traumatic career experiences en
dc.subject Research methodology en
dc.title The impact of university incorporation on college lecturers en
dc.type Postprint Article en

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