A New Academic Policy for Policy for Programmes And Qualifications
in Higher Education
The Department of Education (DoE) requested the Council on Higher Education (CHE) late in
1999 to develop a new academic policy for higher education. Following extensive research
and consultation, the CHE has submitted a proposed “New Academic Policy for Programmes
and Qualifications in Higher Education” to the DoE.
The DoE is publicly releasing this document for comment from higher education
constituencies. Comments should reach the DoE by 15 March 2002 and should be sent to Ms
S Boshoff, fax number (012) 323 7532, e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
Following receipt of comments, the Minister will propose new policy to the CHE prior to
finalisation. While the CHE has proposed a timetable for implementation, this is subject to
review by the DoE.
The DoE hopes that this document will generate constructive debate in the higher education
community and beyond.
The National Plan for Higher Education ‘provides the strategic framework for re-engineering
the higher education system in the twenty-first century’ (Minister of Education, 2001).
The New Academic Policy proposed in this Discussion Document aims to provide the
academic planning framework to underpin this project. It also represents a further pillar in
the process of constructing a higher education system which fulfils the goals of the Education
White Paper 3: A Programme for the Transformation of Higher Education, 1997.
The Council on Higher Education (CHE) was requested by the Department of Education (DoE)
in late 1999 to take on the task of developing a new academic policy in consultation with key
higher education stakeholders. To give effect to this project, the CHE established an
Academic Policy Task Team comprising of members of the CHE and representatives of key
national stakeholders, including the Department of Education (DoE) and the S