How to Improve University Orientation: Seven Good Practice Strategies for South Africa
AbstractThere is a great deal of variability in the practice of orientation across the country at South Africaâ€™s universities, and there is limited knowledge of what exactly constitutes good practice in orientation.Â Many areas of enquiry remain unexplored, and remain blind spots for South Africaâ€™s higher education sector. The article addresses this central question: What constitutes good practice for orientation programmes in South Africa? The article argues that a structured and informed orientation strategy is critical in terms of matters of student retention and, in fact, may serve as the key linchpin of studentsâ€™ decision to stay or exit the higher education system. Accordingly, seven strategies to improve nationalorientation practice are proposed in this article.
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