Student fund and students success : a case study of a South African University

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dc.contributor.author Naidoo, Anban
dc.contributor.author McKay, T.J.M.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-13T07:30:48Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-13T07:30:48Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.description This article is in part drawn from the thesis by A. Naidoo 2015, student funding at a South African institution of higher education, Gordon Institute of Business Studies, University of Pretoria, Masters of Business Administration. (http://hdl.handle.net/2263/52272) en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The 2015/16 #FeesMustFall protests brought the insufficient tertiary-level student funding problem into the national consciousness, with students arguing they are being excluded from higher education as they do not have sufficient funds. But, the relationship between academic success and access to student funding is not clear. Thus, this study sought to contribute clarity to our understanding of the relationship between student bursary funding and academic performance. Methodologically, it involved an analysis of 8099 undergraduates for the 2011 cohort year. This 2011 cohort was tracked over a period of three years, a period considered as minimum time to gradation. Results show that was no relationship between students being awarded a bursary, and their successful graduation (throughput). Nor was there any relationship between the value of bursary awarded and students’ academic performance. Furthermore, the presence of genuine outliers in the dataset is an indication that the allocation of bursary money to individual students must be made more transparent and accountable. In terms of the cohort under study it can be concluded that student academic performance was not a function of bursary funding, although merit bursaries awarded on academic merit yielded the best results. We conclude that student funding is a complex and challenging function, and cannot be viewed as a simple action of funding financially needy students. The limitations of the study should also be noted: it was confined to one large contact institution of higher education and it does not capture those students who take four or more years to complete their qualification. en_ZA
dc.description.department Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri https://journals.co.za/content/journal/high en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/sajhe en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Naidoo, A. & McKay, T.J.M. 2018, 'Student fund and students success : a case study of a South African University', South African Journal of Higher Education, vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 158-172. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1011-3487 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1753-5913 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.20853/32-5-2565
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/67238
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Higher Education South Africa (HESA) en_ZA
dc.rights Higher Education South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Student funding en_ZA
dc.subject Student academic success en_ZA
dc.subject Predictors of success en_ZA
dc.subject Student residence en_ZA
dc.title Student fund and students success : a case study of a South African University en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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