Enhancing success in South Africa's higher education: Measuring student engagement

Francois Strydom, George Kuh, Melody Mentz

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Improving student success and throughput rates are key challenges facing South African higher education. International research shows that a focus on student engagement can help to enhance student learning and other desired outcomes as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of higher education systems. This article documents the psychometric properties of the South African Survey of Student Engagement (SASSE), providing a sound basis on which to promote large-scale studies of student engagement-related interventions. Using this contextualized measure will allow South African institutions to engage in national and international benchmarking with countries such as the USA, Canada and Australia. c UV/UFS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-278
Number of pages20
JournalActa Academica
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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