Overall pass rates for crucial first-year courses have improved steadily over the past four years, while postgraduate enrolments continue to see strong growth at UCT.
These are among the findings of the 2004 Teaching and Learning Report compiled by the Department of Institutional Planning.
At the postgraduate level, the 2000 - 2004 period saw substantial growth in honours enrolments (up 46%), master's enrolments (up 15%) and doctoral enrolments (up 33%). Master's plus doctoral enrolments together made up 17% of the 2004 head count enrolment, the report found.
It also noted that overall success rates in courses at the crucial 100-level improved by four percentage points between 2000 and 2004. The overall success rates in level 200 and level 300 courses improved only slightly (by one percentage point in each case) between 2000 and 2004, reaching levels of 84% and 90% success, respectively.
Commenting on the report's value, Professor Martin Hall, deputy vice-chancellor, said: "Teaching and learning is at the heart of the university's mission, and the Teaching and Learning Report helps us to keep in touch with what is happening across the full breadth of UCT's curriculum.
"With six faculties and well over 3 000 individual courses, monitoring overall quality is a tall order. The Teaching and Learning Report helps us to do this through a set of key indicators that serve as the pulse of the university's laboratories, lecture theatres and seminar rooms."
The report also found that:
Six review units participated in the 2004 round of internal academic reviews, as mandated by the quality assurance policy document, approved by Senate and Council at the end of 2001. These were the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science, the School of Economics, the Division of Occupational Therapy, the architecture and planning component of the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, the Centre for Information Literacy and the Department of Political Studies.
* For the full report, please go to www.ipd.uct.ac.za. Go to Institutional Info Unit. The report is the last item under Internal Reporting on the drop-down menu.
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