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VitalStats: Public Higher Education, 2010

Council on Higher Education

The Council on Higher Education (CHE) has launched VitalStats: Public Higher Education, 2010 (2012), the first edition of a new annual booklet that provides recent and reliable data on the higher education sector.

As part of its mandate the CHE monitors and evaluates developments in the higher education sector. The VitalStats series adds a new type of offering to the CHE’s range of publications by providing verified data for use by researchers and others rather than evaluative comment.

VitalStats is primarily based on data from the Higher Education Management Information System (HEMIS) augmented by data from Stats SA. This issue covers data for the years 2005 to 2010, starting after the institutional mergers had been consolidated and ending with the most recent audited data, which is generally two years prior to the current year. VitalStats will be updated annually.

There are six sections. Four deal with student data: enrolments and completions and enrolments by qualification type, by field of study and by institutional type. The fifth deals with staff employment data. The sixth tracks throughput rates of the 2005 cohort of students who entered three-year diploma studies, three-year degree studies and four year professional degree studies respectively.

The CHE plans to expand the publication to include the private higher education sector and national colleges as soon as the relevant information systems are in place. The CHE is working with the DHET, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and other stakeholders to develop a national information system for the private higher education sector. A coherent system of performance indicators will also be included once it is developed and adopted.

The CHE welcomes comments and suggestions for future editions of VitalStats as well as requests for additional copies of the publication, which should be directed to Genevieve Simpson at
VitalStats can be downloaded from the CHE’s website at


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