Seeing Students as People in the World

As part of the Kresge Foundation (Siyaphumelela) project, the Wits University introduced a comprehensive Biographical Questionnaire on students' school and personal backgrounds, to enhance the understanding of how a student's socio-economic background would influence his/her chances of success at university level. This questionnaire collects comprehensive data on a number of variables in relation to student background including: home location; form of dwelling space; learning-enabling facilities at home and at the high school where the student matriculated; and various details of home-background information (i.e. financial affordability, family structure, educational background of family members, etc.).

The questionnaire was piloted in 2014 through a study commissioned by the Faculty of Health Sciences with the view to revising a questionnaire that would be used to collect student background data during the application process for new MBBCh students.