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Effectiveness of Civil Engineering program, M L Sultan Technikon.

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The purpose of this research was to gather both qualitative and quantitative data, regarding program quality and effectiveness of the civil engineering discipline, offered by M L Sultan Technikon. Seventy two students registered for the civil engineering program, participated in this study. Data was gathered by using questionnaires and documentation on the civil engineering program. The researcher's pragmatic framework has been greatly influenced by the view of Sackney (1986) and Edmonds (1982) and the Higher Education Quality Committee (2000) on quality assurance systems and effective programs in higher education. Document analysis was carried out and descriptive statistics was used to analyse both the qualitative and the quantitative data. Some of the major findings of this research were The average throughput rate for the civil engineering program was 41 % which was significantly higher than the average throughput rate for the entire technikon, which was 18%. It is interesting to note that funding from government is based on the throughput rate. The throughput rate is greatly influenced by the compulsory experiential training component of the program. If students cannot acquire in­service training, then this reduces the throughput rate. The program has a mission statement and clearly stated goals. All the staff and 62% of the students who participated in the study were familiar with the goals of the program.


Masters Degree. University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.