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1 University Registrations and Enrolments 2013 Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training 13 February 2012

2 University Registration in 2013 University Enrolment planning and spaces for First Time Entering Students in 2013 Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) Monitoring the Registration Period Key Issues Way Forward

3 Enrolment Planning Process Enrolment planning for universities is done in 3 year cycles Process for current cycle started in October 2009 and resulted in national and institutional enrolment and output targets for the 2011 to 2013 academic years Institutions submitted their plans and DHET engaged with them to reach negotiated targets, included assisting the Minister to reach his delivery agreement targets The next cycle planning has started and this will be done for a 5 year cycle to set targets for the 2014 – 2018 academic years The table in the next slide provides enrolment figures for First Time Entering (FTEN) students for 2011 - 2013 Actual audited figures are available for 2011, information for 2012 onwards are projections based on the enrolment plans

4 2011 (actual)2012 (target)2013 (target)Projected growth Total FTEN 185 840179 793183 893 Already exceeds target Engineering 15 52116 40316 819 8.4% Life and Physical Sciences 11 1879 66010 042 Already exceeds target Animal Sciences 3751 0731 154 207% Projection too high (CESM change?) Human Health Sciences 6 8608 3508 978 31% (added investment by DoH and DHET) Veterinarian Sciences 52184234 350% (Projection too high? New investment). Initial Teacher Education 18 82416 14918 367 Already exceeds target 2013 First Time Entering Students (FTEN) (Total and major field related to ministerial targets)

5 Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) The first phase of the Central Applications Service was implemented in January 2013 CACH targeted Grade 12 learners from Class of 2012 who – had not applied but found they were eligible for university studies – did apply but were not successful at the institution of their choice Purpose was to ensure that in 2013 (late) applicants receive better guidance than in the past, and that the number of walk-ins is minimised across the system CACH started on 3 January 2013 and will continue to operate until the end of March 2013 To access CACH, prospective students could: – Call 0860 111 673 or Send a Please Call Me / SMS to 0722 045 056 – Submit their information to the website:

6 Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) CACH is supported by the SAQA/DHET Career Advice call centre using its toll free call number and SMS facility The Career Advice call centre is functional throughout the year and provides ongoing Career Advice and assistance to learners in understanding what the requirements are for specific types of programmes. CACH Capability: – able to handle up to 120 concurrent incoming calls and operational from 07:00 to 22:00 every day – Staff able to speak all official languages; message recording service; all calls recorded; data capturing during calls – Automated call diverting to SAQA Career Advice Centre – Daily reports received

7 Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) On calling in students choose between Career Advice and submitting information to CACH Prospective students’ information captured by CACH according to study fields and geographic preference Information in the database checked against the DBE examination results database Lists generated of prospective eligible students looking for spaces at various institutions in specific fields of study Applicants not meeting the minimum requirements for university studies are redirected to the SAQA/DHET Career Advice Service for guidance on other opportunities in the post school system

8 Central Applications Clearing House (CACH) Assessment of whether or not a prospective applicant would meet the entry requirements against information from universities Applicants informed of opportunities within Universities or FET Colleges in the geographic region linked to interests and prior academic achievement University applications closed in 2012 therefore spaces that may be available only identified after the registration period (late January 2013 – early February 2013 ). It is at this stage that CACH able to assist late applicants Universities provided information on spaces opening when students offered the spaces have not registered CACH databases sent to institutions to facilitate placement

9 CACH Volumes and Processes Up to Wednesday 30 January 2013 a total of 66 419 calls, 1 367 emails and 163 walk ins The Call Centre received 4 types of enquiries: – career / academic advice routed to SAQA – requests for application forms or advice on application processes – assistance to complete the online form for the CACH – students wanting to change their choices or other information on the CACH form Databases of prospective students complying with minimum admission requirements recorded and details sent to Universities for possible placement : – as at 31 January 2013 details of 8 467 individual students who met Bachelors or Diploma requirements provided

10 CACH Effectiveness At 31 January 2013 details of 8 761 individual students who matriculated in 2012 were recorded on CACH with 8 467 meeting requirements CACH successful in targeting people who qualify for study at university Student’s who did not qualify, or where no spaces are available were redirected to other spaces within the PSET system including FET Colleges and Learnerships through the SAQA Advice service A multi-media campaign in place using radio, TV and social media to create awareness of CACH from late November 2012

11 Looking Forward Apply Now! Campaign to assist in getting message to prospective PSET students that in future late applications will not be considered Better Career Advice in schools also linked to Apply Now! Campaign and the SAQA/DHET Career Advice and Information Service CACH in 2014 will focus on assisting students who have applied but have not been accepted into an institution of their choice and need to be directed to other PSET opportunities The Central Applications Service will be developed during 2013 for piloting in 2014 and implementation in 2015

12 Monitoring Registration at Universities Universities develop and implement their own registration plans Department held a workshop with Registrars on 20 November 2012 to prepare for 2013 registration and ensure a well coordinated approach and to enable cooperation around the implementation of CACH During the registration period, DHET has been in constant contact with dedicated contact persons at universities to follow up on queries and problems DHET Call centre receives complaints, queries and requests for assistance which are followed up by a dedicated section on a daily basis Most institutions started registration during January 2013 and some will continue into the first three weeks of February The Deputy Minister has visited selected institutions during registration including Univen, UJ and the UFH

13 Registration Most institutions indicated that they did not accept walk-ins however they are open to consider cases of students on the basis of individual merit and where spaces for admissions are still available specifically through CACH Institutions are increasingly utilising ICT, i.e. SMS and online registration systems, to facilitate the registration of new and returning students and minimize long registration queues With the exception of a few cases the process of admissions and registration has proceeded well thus far some problems experienced at TUT early on and some challenges at DUT linked to student funding Many institutions extending registration to enable financial aid issues to be sorted out

14 Key Issues Insufficient spaces for qualifying matriculants, particularly in professional qualifications, e.g. MBChB, Engineering, VET Sciences Insufficient funding for poor students Insufficient affordable student accommodation Poor communication with students and parents regarding admissions at some institutions in relation to understanding of conditional/provisional acceptance Career guidance and information at schools on post school opportunities, financial aid and bursary/ scholarship opportunities

15 NSFAS Challenges Funding falls far short of demand. Not all students who qualify receive NSFAS funding. The high demand for financial aid places a huge strain on the system The 2010 NSFAS review NSFAS requires 3 x its current budget Despite massive NSFAS budget increase over last two years, the demands still exceeds funds available Institutions “Top slice” or cap awards, therefore NSFAS students have outstanding debts and cannot register The Department provided R350 million in 2012/13 from the NSF to assist NSFAS returning students. DHET will maintain this support in 2013/14 All universities have until 14 February 2013 to indicate their shortfall for this academic year

16 Way Forward DHET to hold a workshop with University Registrars, Deans of Students and NSFAS to reflect on the 2013 process and develop an action plan to improve registration and admission processes further for 2014 Evaluation of the 2012 Apply-Now! Campaign and an improved Campaign for 2013 targeting Grade 9 to 12 learners – in partnership with DBE, SAQA, HESA and NSFAS targeting all secondary schools – information on career guidance and entry requirements for different fields – how to apply for places at all post school institutions, including universities and FET colleges, and – how to apply for NSFAS funding. – the aim is to change the culture and ensure that learners make thoughtful career choices and apply in time

17 Way Forward For 2014 intake, ensure an improved CACH system Over the longer term develop and implement a Central Applications Service in partnership with HESA and NSFAS to enable – streamlined applications processes – Reliable data on applications and admissions to institutions – an integrated student service including: career guidance; information on programmes offered across different institutions; applications for NSFAS and other bursaries; etc.

18 Thank You

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