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This article is taken from the March 2002 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

Review of a UCT Equity Development Programme

Matthew has recently completed a review of the University of Cape Town's Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) department's Equity Development Programme (EDP), and is about to lead the 3-year S&T tracking project for The Atlantic Philanthropies.

In consultation with the funder of the MCB EDP, it was decided that the review, whilst focusing primarily on MCB EDP, should also take into account the experiences of the Law Faculty's EDP and the views of UCT's senior management responsible for equity programmes across campus.

The objectives of the review were three-fold:

  • Review, as opposed to evaluate, the programme. It is still too early to assess whether the programme has succeeded or not, as no student has yet completed their studies or had an opportunity to seek an academic post.
  • Review the programme to ascertain whether it is on track, whether the participants believe it is likely to achieve its stated aims, and whether it is necessary to make any adjustments to the programme to ensure its success.
  • Gain some understanding of what makes a successful EDP and identify some of the pitfalls associated with these types of programmes.
Although the findings of the report are confidential it may interest readers to note the following:
  • The report feeds into the much larger South African Universities project discussed in the article above.
  • Matthew has been invited to address a national conference on successful Human Resource Development strategies drawing on the lessons learnt from assessing equity development programmes.
 

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