Benefiting from the NBT intervention

August signaled the conclusion of the NBT intervention activities for 2017 which were facilitated by the ECP Unit. Since March we hosted various activities aimed at orientating ECP leaders and lecturers to these National Benchmark Tests and then running the tests with a selection of the 2017 ECP cohort at CPUT.

Mechanical Engineering Students write their NBTs

Since May, the results from these tests were distributed among individual departments and various feedback sessions between CETAP (at UCT) and academic departments were hosted between June and August. CETAP also presented their CPUT profile findings to a Dean’s meeting in July. The nett result of this almost nine-month project, has been the compilation of a detailed and significant profile of our students – both on the ECP and mainstream tracks. Departments, HoD’s, ECP leaders and lecturers now have an additional, validated description of their students’ academic needs – valuable information from which to build and develop responsive and inclusive curricula and pedagogic interventions that better suit the needs of students. Many departments are now hard at work to make good on this valuable data and revise their curricula and pedagogies –  something we will be following-up with departments in 2018 and asking them to share their case-studies of innovation, spring-boarded from this NBT project.

Some Stats Associated with the 2017 NBT project

  • 24 departments, across 5 Faculties ran NBT tests with their 2017 ECP cohort
  • 631 ECP students took the tests in March over a two-week period
  • Over 300 lunch meals were provided to students writing both the AQL and Maths tests
  • 20 ECP lecturers attended the Introduction to the NBT presentation in early March
  • 7 separate feedback sessions with department were facilitated. Staff were able to discussed the detailed profile of their Faculty/Department ECP results with CETAP experts
  • 70 ECP leaders and lecturers attended these feedback sessions