Data Trends and Institutional Performance

Data Trends and Institutional Performance
An Overview of Seven HERANA Universities
Bunting I & Cloete N

This is a report prepared for the HERANA meeting in November 2015. 

The Herana project has placed a strong emphasis on the role which universities must play in national social and economic development. CHET’s views have been (a) that it is their knowledge activities which enable universities to make sustainable contributions to development, (b) that these knowledge activities involve both the production of new knowledge and the transmission of knowledge to students, and (c) that the nature and strength of these knowledge activities are to be found in the academic core of a university.

A key notion for this report lies in point (c) above, which refers to the academic core of a university. This core consists of a limited set of quantitative inputs and outputs, which are defined as follows:

  • the inputs are the qualifications and fields of study which the university offers, its student enrolments, and its academic staffing;
  • the outputs are the university’s graduates, and its research products.

The data which are presented and analysed in this report relate directly to the academic cores of the Herana group of universities for the period 2000/1 to 2013/4. The data deal with their student enrolments within qualification types and fields of study, with their academic staffing resources, with their graduate outputs at all levels, and with their research publication outputs.