Grant opportunity now open for South African universities to improve data capacity

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Universities invited to seek funds to better use data to foster student success.


The Kresge Foundation Education Program has announced Siyaphumelela (“We Succeed”), a grant opportunity for South African public universities interested in improving their capacity to analyze data related to student success.

Siyaphumelela will provide three to five institutions as much as $400,000 each over four years to improve data analytics to better integrate institutional research, Information Communication Technology, academic development, student services and academic departments to improve student success. Grantees will also be eligible to apply for bonus grants in the second year.

The grant opportunity is only open to public South African universities not under administrative review by the Department of Higher Education and Training. The full request for proposal, including relevant background materials, is available at kresge.org.

A webinar will be held on June 27 to explain the grant opportunity to interested parties.

Webinar on June 27

A webinar for South African universities to discuss the Siyaphumelela data analytics for student success opportunity for South African universities will be held on June 27, 2014.

The webinar will include a presentation by The Kresge Foundation’s Managing Director for Education, Bill Moses, followed by an opportunity for listeners to provide text-based questions.   

Register now for one of the limited webinar seats.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar, including a toll-free (from South Africa) dial-in number and access code.

The webinar will be held from 15:00-16:00 South Africa time (9-10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time).

System requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
  • Mac-based attendees: Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

A recent Kresge-funded report from Inyathelo, “Student Access and Success: Issues and Interventions in South African Universities,” compiled the results of in-depth interviews at 18 of South Africa’s public universities to identify a wide range of academic and nonacademic factors influencing student access and success.

The Inyathelo report noted that stronger data analytics could have a positive effect on student success by highlighting  the most cost-effective interventions.

The Siyaphumelela request for proposals document notes that in post-apartheid South Africa, “while student access to universities has improved dramatically, and campuses are much more diverse, student success ...has not improved to a similar degree. At best, black persistence and graduation rates are no better than under apartheid and, in many cases, graduation rates appear to have fallen. Moreover, many employers complain that South African students are not equipped to flourish in the 21st century workplace.”

The Kresge Education Program seeks to promote post-secondary access and success for low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students in the United States and South Africa. The Kresge Foundation’s main focus is to expand opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities. The foundation’s grantmaking in South Africa is its sole international programming area.

Since 2005, Kresge has invested more than $26.7 million to strengthen South African higher education.

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