Quality enhancement in student affairs and social justice: a reflective case study from South Africa

SOURCE: Journal of Student Affairs in Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2019
TITLE AUTHOR(S): T.Luescher
KEYWORDS: HIGHER EDUCATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE, STUDENTS
DEPARTMENT: Education and Skills Development (ESD)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 10813

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Abstract

Quality enhancement in student affairs is an integral part of professional practice, and its documentation and reflective evaluation are important in the ongoing professionalisation of student affairs in Africa. This article proposes a way of conceptualising a reflective scholarship of practice in student affairs in Africa and method to conduct reflective practice studies to build a relevant knowledge base. Based on this methodology, it then analyses a student affairs quality enhancement review at a South African university in detail, showing its conceptualisation and implementation, and reflecting on its outcomes. The article thus provides evidence of a 'home-grown', 'activist' quality enhancement review that focuses on key issues in the South African context and the context of the case university: the professionalization of student affairs, the co-curriculum, and social justice models such as participatory parity, universal design for learning, and student engagement.