Widening Access to undergraduate physiotherapy education in South Africa: Pointers from students records

 

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dc.contributor.author Amosun, S L
dc.contributor.author Maart, S
dc.contributor.author Ferguson, G
dc.contributor.author Manie, S
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-30T07:51:33Z
dc.date.available 2018-10-30T07:51:33Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Amosun, S. L., Maart, S., Ferguson, G., & Manie, S. (2012). Widening access to un dergraduate physiotherapy education in South Africa-pointers from students’ records. South African Journal of Physiotherapy, 68(2), 38-45.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28962
dc.description.abstract In response to the state mandate to improve access and equity in higher education, the admission policy of universities in South Africa (SA) currently employs measures for the redress of past inequalities and racial injustices. As there is no information on the processes to widen access to undergraduate physiotherapy education program in SA, the aim of this reported study was to search for pointers from students’ records in one local university, situated in the Western Province of SA, that would inform the development of strategies that will widen the access for previously disadvantaged population groups and ensure successful academic outcomes. The records of six cohorts of students who earlier applied for and later enrolled in the undergraduate physiotherapy program between the years 2000 and 2005 were retrospectively reviewed. Information pertaining to access, student characteristics, and academic persistence was extracted, reviewed and analysed descriptively. During the period reviewed, approximately equal numbers of Black and non-Black students applied for admission to the program. The proportion of Black applicants meeting minimum admission requirements was less than half of the White/Asian applicants. Less than 50% (105/212) of the offers made to Black applicants were accepted. Forty one percent (43/105) of the enrolled Black students successfully completed the program within the minimum 4 years compared to 75.5% (145/192) of the White/Asian students. Strategies should be implemented to increase awareness and recruitment, improve enrolment rates, and improve retention and throughput for Black students in the undergraduate physiotherapy program of a historically “white” SA university.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.source South African Journal of Physiotherapy
dc.source.uri https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp
dc.subject.other widening access
dc.subject.other physiotherapy
dc.subject.other undergraduate education
dc.title Widening Access to undergraduate physiotherapy education in South Africa: Pointers from students records
dc.type Journal Article
dc.date.updated 2018-10-29T09:06:09Z
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Division of Physiotherapy en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Amosun, S. L., Maart, S., Ferguson, G., & Manie, S. (2012). Widening Access to undergraduate physiotherapy education in South Africa: Pointers from students records. <i>South African Journal of Physiotherapy</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28962 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Amosun, S L, S Maart, G Ferguson, and S Manie "Widening Access to undergraduate physiotherapy education in South Africa: Pointers from students records." <i>South African Journal of Physiotherapy</i> (2012) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28962 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Amosun SL, Maart S, Ferguson G, Manie S. Widening Access to undergraduate physiotherapy education in South Africa: Pointers from students records. South African Journal of Physiotherapy. 2012; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28962. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - AU - Amosun, S L AU - Maart, S AU - Ferguson, G AU - Manie, S AB - In response to the state mandate to improve access and equity in higher education, the admission policy of universities in South Africa (SA) currently employs measures for the redress of past inequalities and racial injustices. As there is no information on the processes to widen access to undergraduate physiotherapy education program in SA, the aim of this reported study was to search for pointers from students’ records in one local university, situated in the Western Province of SA, that would inform the development of strategies that will widen the access for previously disadvantaged population groups and ensure successful academic outcomes. The records of six cohorts of students who earlier applied for and later enrolled in the undergraduate physiotherapy program between the years 2000 and 2005 were retrospectively reviewed. Information pertaining to access, student characteristics, and academic persistence was extracted, reviewed and analysed descriptively. During the period reviewed, approximately equal numbers of Black and non-Black students applied for admission to the program. The proportion of Black applicants meeting minimum admission requirements was less than half of the White/Asian applicants. Less than 50% (105/212) of the offers made to Black applicants were accepted. Forty one percent (43/105) of the enrolled Black students successfully completed the program within the minimum 4 years compared to 75.5% (145/192) of the White/Asian students. Strategies should be implemented to increase awareness and recruitment, improve enrolment rates, and improve retention and throughput for Black students in the undergraduate physiotherapy program of a historically “white” SA university. DA - 2012 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - South African Journal of Physiotherapy LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2012 T1 - Widening Access to undergraduate physiotherapy education in South Africa: Pointers from students records TI - Widening Access to undergraduate physiotherapy education in South Africa: Pointers from students records UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/28962 ER - en_ZA


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