South African higher education performance data 2000 to 2012

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About CHET's on-line higher education performance indicators

The 1997 White Paper on Higher Education Transformation and the 2001 National Plan for Higher Education indicated that the South African government would develop steering mechanisms, involving planning and funding, to assist with the transformation of the public higher education system. For this process to function effectively, it is crucial that university councils understand how performance will be measured.

CHET´s experience has been that this will not be an easy task for many university councils; currently very few institutions produce data sets which enable council members to engage meaningfully in discussions about the performance of their institution.

CHET has therefore decided to make performance indicator data available on-line to enable university councils to better assess their performance relative to the Ministerís targets, to their own institutional targets and to the performance of their peers. This data tool will also be of use to higher education researchers, analysts, policy-makers and other decision-makers seeking a more detailed, empirically-based picture of South African higher education.


Data for CHET´s online performance indicators were obtained from the Higher Education Management Information System (HEMIS) of the Department of Higher Education and Training. The quality of the HEMIS data is dependent on the accuracy of the institutional data submissions.