First-year Students’ Perceptions of Extended National Diploma Programmes: the Case of a Comprehensive South African University (2012)

George Mavunga, Fahmida Cachalia


This study compared how the cohort of extended diploma students enrolled at a comprehensive South African university in 2012 perceived the programmes for which they were enrolled at the beginning of their first year and towards the end of the year. Data were gathered using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews involving students enrolled for extended national diplomas in Human Resource Management, Management, Entrepreneurship, Logistics, Management Services, Transportation Management and Public Relations. The study established that while the students had negative perceptions of several aspects of the extended national diploma programmes, they had become positive about most of these towards the end of the year. The paper recommends strengthening of teaching and learning support to the extended programmes at the comprehensive university in order to positively influence students’ perceptions of the programmes for achievement of the ultimate goal of improving students’ retention and success rates.

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