absenteeism percentage (AP)Proportion of students who were absent from the examination in relation to the number of students admitted to the examination, expressed as a percentage.
academic advisingProvide a professional advisory service to students related to their academic career, and personal, emotional, social and financial wellbeing.
academic analyticsThe use of learner, academic and institutional data to improve organizational processes, workflows, resource allocation and institutional measurement.
accommodationIn a learning environment: An inclusive device, material, or support process that will enable students to accomplish a task more efficiently.
analysisData analysis is a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making.
assessmentGathering information about the level of performance of individual students against set learning outcomes.
attrition rate, dropoutAttrition rate provides a measure of the proportion of students who 'drop out' of a qualification at an institution each year.
benchmarksA standard or point of reference against which things may be compared.
CESMThe classification of the educational subject matter according to the 20 HEMIS categories.
cohort of studentsGroup of new students that enters a study programme together in a specific year for the first time.
credit transferRelocation of credits towards a qualification or part-qualification on the same or different level, usually between different programmes, departments or institutions.
credit valueCredit assigned to an instructional offering reflecting the fraction of the academic year which counts towards the qualification for which it is offered.
critical thinkingThe ability to analyse information and to engage in reflective and independent thinking.
data analysisData analysis is a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making.
data analyticsApplication of statistical techniques to data, usually to answer a particular question, and the results are used for modelling, interpretation, decision support, etc. Analytics: Data sets are usually large (e.g. all students taking a particular module; success rate of all students in the institution).
data coachingConsulting services to help scale data expertise across an institution to drive systemic change.
demographicsStudent gender, race (ethnicity), age, household income, home ownership and disabilities.
digital fluencyKnowing how to use the appropriate technology tools to achieve your objective.
entering studentA student registering for a qualification that they had not previously been registered at the institution.
evaluationAnalysis of information pertaining to an intervention to judge its effectiveness.
first time enteringA student who has not previously been registered at any post-secondary education institution.
formal timeThe difference between the minimum total time and the minimum experiential time.
formative assessmentA range of formal and informal procedures conducted by educators during the learning process to assess and improve student attainment.
formative evaluationAn evaluation process during a programme’s implementation to improve its design and performance.
full-time equivalent (FTE) degree creditProduct of students who have obtained credit for an instructional offering and the credit of that instructional offering.
full-time equivalent (FTE)The product of students enrolled for an instructional offering and the credit for that instructional offering.
graduateA student that has fulfilled the completion requirements of a qualification.
headcountThe period of study identified by the head of department in relation to the registration details of a student.
language fluencyKnowing how to read, write, listen and speak proficiently in a given language.
learner analyticsThe analysis and interpretation of student data in order to support student success effectively.
learning analyticsThe measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs.
learning pathwaySequencing of qualifications that allows students to move vertically, diagonally, and in some cases horizontally, through NQF levels giving learners recognition for full or partially completed qualifications or part-qualifications.
lesson planAn outline of goals and objectives, activities designed to help students achieve those goals, and objectives and ways to assess whether students have actually reached those goals and objectives.
mentorAn experienced teacher who assists a new colleague, or an adult or a peer who provides psycho social supports to a student.
minimum experiential timeThe minimum number of years of full-time study needed for the completion of the experiential part of an instructional programme leading to a particular certificate, diploma or degree.
minimum total timeThe minimum total number of years of full-time post-secondary study needed for the completion of an instructional programme leading to a particular certificate, diploma or degree.
non-entering studentA student that reregisters for a qualification that they were registered for previously.
objectiveA statement that describes what students will be able to do upon completion of a learning experience.
pathwaysThe ideal sequence of learning activities that supports students to complete their studies in the shortest possible time.
performanceAccomplishments against known standards.
performance evaluationEvaluation of performance against set standards.
performance standardsReflect the ideas, skills, and knowledge in a discipline that are important enough for everyone to learn.
persistenceThe phenomenon of students remaining in the system despite setbacks.
portfolio assessmentA collection of materials designed to demonstrate progress over time.
predictive analyticsThe analysis of historic data to forecast future events.
programme and qualification mixList of formal qualifications approved by the Ministry for offering at an institution for funding purposes.
progressionAccumulation of sufficient credits to proceed to the next level of study for a qualification.
qualification typeThe purpose and level of a qualification according to the Higher Education Qualifications Subframework.
reliabilityThe overall consistency of a measure. High reliability means the measure produces similar results under consistent conditions.
replicabilityThe extent to which assessment can be repeated with comparable results in similar settings.
retention rateThe percentage of students returning to continue their studies annually.
rubricA document that describes varying levels of performance (from high to low) for a specific assignment.
school quintileSouth African schools are divided into five groups (quintiles) depending on their location and economic contexts that impact on resourcing.
second language learnersStudents studying through a language that is not their first language.
specialist or support professionalA position in which (a) there are no major managerial responsibilities and (b) the primary function is the provision of academic or institutional or student support services, and (c) the position requires an educational attainment equivalent to at least 4 years of higher education study.
stopoutA student that does a qualification in year n, does not return in year n+1 but returns in year n+i.
success rateThe FTE passed divided by FTE enrolled expressed as a percentage.
summative assessmentAssessment conducted at the end of a learning period to evaluate learning achievement.
summative evaluationEvaluation that occurs at the end of a unit of study.
taxonomyAn orderly classification of items according to various levels (low to high, small to large).
teacher's guideA supplement to a textbook which includes a collection of teaching materials, lessons, ideas, and activities to help you teach the subject.
throughput rateTracks a cohort of students registering for the first time at a tertiary institution and completing in minimum time (for example, minimum time + 1, minimum time + 2).
tracer studyA survey of graduates from an education institutions administrated some time after graduation.
transfer studentA new student to an institution that previously registered at another post-secondary institution.
validityThe extent to which the assessment measures what it has been developed to measure.