Learning Goals

The focus of the trip is to consider changes over the past two decades in South African higher education stemming from the historical legacy of inequity due to apartheid.  As part of this learning experience, we will travel to South Africa to visit select colleges to discuss issues of access, student success, and organizational efficacy with scholars and practitioners, we will learn from students about their experiences at these institutions, and meet with individuals at organizations such as the Ubuntu Education Fund and the National Research Foundation who are engaged in the work of supporting young people and conducting national research to measure South Africa’s progress toward meeting its changing social and economic demands.  We will participate in a three-day South African higher education conference about the first-year student experience.  Along our way we will contextualize the struggle to oppose educational disparities through visits to sites influential in the struggle to end apartheid.