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  • Title: Structural Enablements and Constraints of Articulation between Colleges and a Comprehensive University in Eastern Cape, South Africa
  • Author(s): Lunga Mantashe, Vuyisile Nkonki
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership
  • Keywords: Articulation, Articulation Arrangements and Agreements, Technical Vocational Education and Training, University, Academic Programs
  • Volume: 27
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2020
  • ISSN: 2329-1656 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2329-1591 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2329-1656/CGP/v27i01/1-12
  • Citation: Mantashe, Lunga , and Vuyisile Nkonki. 2020. "Structural Enablements and Constraints of Articulation between Colleges and a Comprehensive University in Eastern Cape, South Africa." The International Journal of Educational Organization and Leadership 27 (1): 1-12. doi:10.18848/2329-1656/CGP/v27i01/1-12.
  • Extent: 12 pages

Abstract

In an attempt to extract and illuminate some of the structural enablements and constraints of articulation and articulation arrangements and agreements in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, the paper used a qualitative research design and document analysis technique. To this effect, three university documents—namely, the University Articulation Guidelines, the admissions policy, and the general prospectus—were purposively and conveniently chosen. Qualitative content analysis was employed in this regard. Archer’s concepts of analytic dualism, which recognize causal efficacy and independence of structural properties, were used to frame the objectives of the whole paper. It was found that while the university has documents that are tilted towards the promotion of articulation in general and articulation agreements in particular, there are costly discrepancies in its admissions policy, important absences in the articulation guidelines it has promulgated, and contradictions and unfairness in the application of Credit Accumulation and Transfer in dealing with college transfer. To help overcome these, an establishment of a university articulation office, a review of admissions policy, and reconsideration of the Credit Accumulation and Transfer processes are recommended.