Authors: J G Maree

Keyword: educational outcomes, higher education, tertiary education, university education

SDG: SDG4

Agenda 2063: A1, A6

Low throughput rates at schools and universities across South Africa are cause for great concern because of the resultant financial burden on the state; the increase in unemployment; and the inadequate delivery of much-needed highly skilled professionals. The advent of the fourth economic wave – accompanied as it is by fundamental changes in the workplace globally – has called for a judicious response from theorists, practitioners, researchers and learners. This article surveys the extent and possible causes of the low throughput rates in higher education and draws on the results of recent research projects to design intervention guidelines aimed at facilitating access to and success in higher education. An integrated, quantitative and qualitative approach is recommended.