Capacity Building for the Next Generation of Academics

Capacity Building for the Next Generation of Academics
Nico Cloete and Jaamiah Galant

The need focus on a multiplicity of issues has left African countries with little option but to turn to external agencies to address their capacity-building requirements in higher education. The great variety and number of these projects, and the modest demonstrable gains, make it necessary for both donors and institutions to identify more effective ways to allocate and apply resources. Good intentions have not necessarily translated into good outcomes. This report, commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation, provides a sample of the type of capacity-building initiatives and equity-development programmes undertaken by a number of South African universities over the last five years, and reflects on some lessons learnt from their implementation.

The focus of the Carnegie Project in South Africa is to support training and mentorship programmes targeted at the development of a new generation of faculty members, especially black and female academic staff. This review examines policy interventions, establishes certain baselines for comparative purposes and advocates a differentiated policy approach. A key component of a differentiated approach to change is a well-designed assessment and feedback system that allows for adjustments on the side of the funder and the institution. It provides valuable insights for any higher education institution engaged in capacity-building projects.


Aims of the Carnegie Project

Aims of this report

Summary of findings

Section 1: Typology of staff equity programmes

Section 2: Synthesis of successes and obstacle

Section 3: Statistical profiles