Universities to get equity index

An equity index has been devised to measure transformation at universities in South Africa, researchers said last week, reports SAPA.

“For the first time, a new and innovative quantitative measure of transformation has been devised to complement the many qualitative, descriptive measures,” the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the public universities transformation oversight committee said in a statement.

The results of a study on transformation at universities were to be presented to parliament's university oversight committee last Wednesday. Researchers said the index should play an important role in the new education white paper, the six-year enrolment plan, a new equity-weighted research productivity funding framework monitoring graduate throughput rates and staff and student profiles. It punished over-representation and under-representation of any group, thus forcing organisations to properly plan their equity targets.
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