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Title Counting Everything (except outcomes)- Looking for data on student success in Kenya
Author Richard Garrett - OBHE


Mature higher education systems struggle with student success data- what to collect, what to report, how to meet the needs of different stakeholders- so what do less developed systems do?

Kenya is a good case study. Before 1989, the country had just four universities and 30,000 tertiary students, but today there are over fifty universities, plus another 30+ that offer programs in collaboration with universities. This reflects population change. With over 50 million people, Kenya is already among Africa’s largest countries by headcount, and has grown by more than 50% since 2000.

University enrollment doubled between 2005 and 2009, doubled again by 2014, and now stands at over half a million. Other tertiary enrollment has also accelerated, hitting 275,000 by 2017. Some university growth has involved non-university institutions attaining university status. Despite all this momentum, only about 15% of Kenyans aged 18-24 are enrolled in tertiary education- up significantly from years past but adrift of the global average which is about 30%.
In such a rapid growth environment, with many more Kenyans attending university and other tertiary education than a generation ago, what data do policymakers and prospective students rely on to judge success?

In terms of published data, Kenyan higher education is much more focused on inputs than outcomes.

Date 07/08/2018
Region(s) Africa
Countries Kenya
Theme(s) For-profit Provision, Regulatory Frameworks
Topic(s) Regulation, Accreditation, Quality Assurance, Regulation

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