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Welcome to the Institutional Planning Directorate

Who are we?

The Institutional Planning Directorate at CPUT falls under the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. Our goal is to maintain a robust history of institutional and comparative data, provide strong analytical support for evidence-based decision making, and strengthening the integrity and governance of information for use by the university community.



About the Director, Ntsundeni Louis Mapatagane

Prior to joining as Director in May 2021, Louis had spent several years in higher education occupying a number of positions including Head of Analytics and Institutional Research as well as Manager of Strategic Analytics and Business Intelligence – he played pivotal roles in Institutional Research and Enrolment Planning. He has produced more than 50 institutional reports in various capacities; these reports include tracer studies, surveys, benchmarking studies, impact assessment studies, environmental scanning, and statistical modelling. Louis holds an MSc in Environmental Science from Wits university.



What do we do?

Guide and support university-wide decision-making and strategic planning processes through enhanced analytics/MI capabilities and ensuring we meet statutory reporting needs for student data. The broader functions within the Group which support this activity institution-wide including strategic planning and academic planning processes, providing Management Information institution-wide, promoting the standard of Data Quality within the institution, co-ordinating the University’s reporting to the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) via HEMIS (the Higher Education Management Information System), managing the updating of CPUT’s Academic Structure, maintaining the University’s programme and qualification mix (PQM), and conducting institutional research. The Directorate also has responsibility for the submission of reports as part of the University’s statutory requirements.



 

Academic Planning

Academic Planning supports the University’s academic planning activities. It provides assistance to the Academic Planning Committee and advice to the University community on general academic planning issues.

Key external agencies involved in the approval of new qualifications aligned with the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) are the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET), the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE), and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).



 

Strategic Planning

The ultimate responsibility for the strategic planning and direction-setting rests with the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Management. However, this office is regularly involved in facilitating strategic planning events and making contributions in terms of information and the consolidation and development of planning documents.



 

HEMIS

The Higher Education Management Information Systems (HEMIS) office is responsible for the updating and checking of the academic structure of the University and has to keep a close eye on all approval documentation and compliance with the University’s PQM (Programme Qualification Mix). The HEMIS Co-ordinator liaises with the Head of Academic Planning and the Director of Institutional Planning about all applications under the new Higher Education Qualification Sub-Framework (HEQSF).

The office is responsible for the submission of HEMIS information to the Department of Higher Education and Training on a regular basis to enable CPUT to claim its state subsidy - the bulk of its annual income. The office is also involved in supplying information for various other purposes, e.g. research, management information, and ad hoc requests from students, staff and outside agencies.



 

Analytics & Business Intelligence

Analytics and Business Intelligence function supports the university to take an evidence-based approach to planning and decision-making. Therefore, data and analysis underpins much of IPD’s work through a Business Intelligence solution. IPD undertakes strategic evaluation of the university’s performance against set targets, through analysis and benchmarking of performance, the production of annual performance plan reports and midterm review performance reports, and provision of faculty and departmental performance profiles to inform the annual planning process. This function also has the capabilities to model future performance trajectories, such as student enrolment projections, and complete impact assessments. Provides evidence to support programme reviews and strategic projects and produce other analyses on an ad-hoc basis as projects and initiatives arise.

The Analytics dashboard is available to the general public and may be accessed via the following link: http://bi.cput.ac.za/PowerHEDA/dashboard.aspx



 

Institutional Research

This function carries out regular surveys among staff and students in order to produce useful information about the institution, aiding planning and pointing to areas where there is a need for action. In addition, the Research Officer conducts ad hoc surveys to investigate specific issues that require analysis. The section offers advice and expertise to a wide range of staff in the field of institutional research, and in the application and interpretation of surveys in particular.



Why?

Good quality, clearly presented data and management information – when properly contextualised – can significantly enhance decision-making processes and strategic planning. When leveraged effectively, management information can help identify and drive strategic interventions. This is essential for any agile organisation which seeks to maintain excellence whilst remaining competitive and innovative.



How can you get involved?

Please contact Quanita Behardien at ipd@cput.ac.za. We are here to support the wider CPUT strategic objectives so welcome input and requests from across the institution.