This welcome message is designed to provide you with basic information about this network. It contains information on using the list (managing your subscription; tips on contacting and communicating via the list; mailing addresses of the list editors; a list of the current editorial board); rules for posting (style, editorial practice); information about the network's associated service on the World Wide Web; and contact information about the network's parent, H-Net.

I. The H-SA-Higher-Education Network: Scope, Content, Purpose.

H-SA-Higher-Education is a moderated internet discussion forum about issues in South African higher education. It was first conceived in conjunction with a major conference on South African Higher Education, "Academic Partnerships with South Africans For Mutual Capacity Building" hosted by Michigan State University in collaboration with the Historically Disadvantaged Institutions Forum, the Committee on Technikon Principals, and the South African Universities' Vice Chancellors' Association, 19-21 October 1999. The H-SA-Higher-Education list is being launched from the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE, formerly known as the Education Policy Unit, or EPU) at the University of the Western Cape in Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa. The CSHE is a major centre of higher education research in South Africa and celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2002.

The purpose of this listserv is to foster informed debate and discussion about major issues in South African Higher Education. Its potential subjects for discussion include, but are not limited to, transformation policy; curriculum development; funding and strategic planning; faculty recruitment, retention, and development; technology and infrastructure; the strengths and weaknesses of distance education; relations between technikons and universities; legislative initiatives and prospects. H-SA-HIGHER-EDUCATION will also seek partnerships with print journals and newsletters in this vital field. We hope the list will expand membership across the country and eventually will include interested scholars in the United States, Europe, and Africa.

The list will be based at the Centre for Studies in Higher Education (Previously known as the Education Policy Unit (EPU)) at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. It was established in 1992 by Professor Harold Wolpe, a leading intellectual figure in the anti-apartheid struggle. Until 1990, working in exile in Britain, he occupied the chair of sociology at Essex University and founded a unit called Research in Education in South Africa (RESA). Close ties were developed with a similar unit at UWC, called Research and Training Project on Education in South Africa (RETPESA) which was led by Saleem Badat (who later became the second director of the Centre for the Study of Higher Education). After the 1990 unbanning of the liberation movements which signalled the commencement of the transition towards democracy, RESA relocated to South Africa and merged with RETPESA to form the Centre for the Study of Higher Education. The unit began operations in January, 1992. Its immediate function was to provide support in policy formulation in post-secondary education to the mass democratic movement and to the African National Congress government-in-waiting. Three other EPUs - at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Natal and Durban-Westville - had already been formed during the 1980s with a similar purpose. All were committed to a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist education and training system. As these units focused predominantly on schooling, the at UWC concentrated on post-secondary education, which encompasses further and higher education. The UWC the Centre for the Study of Higher Education has since specialised exclusively in the field of higher education (HE) studies. In 2002 it changed its name to the Centre for Studies in Higher Education.

II. Editors.

The editors of H-SA-Higher-Education is Terri Barnes (Senior Researcher), Charlton Koen (Researcher) and Shu'aib Denyssen (Research Intern).

Terri Barnes:
Dr. Terri Barnes joined the Centre for the Study of Higher Education in October 2001 on secondment from the UWC History Department of which she has been a member since 1997. She holds an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Brown University in the USA, and an MA and PhD from the University of Zimbabwe in African Economic History. Her PhD, on gender and labour in colonial Zimbabwe, was published in the Heinemann Social History of Africa series in 1999. She has also published articles on Zimbabwean labour history; gender and migration in Southern Africa; gender and research; educational NGOs, and popular television in South Africa. Terri's interest in educational policy stems from her involvement with the university staff union at UWC and her membership of the UWC Council since 1999. The projects that she will be developing at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education include the development of a national policy on institutional redress for historically disadvantaged institutions, the institutional restructuring process, and the impact of HIV/AIDS in South African higher education institutions.

Charlton Koen:
Charlton joined the Centre for the Study of Higher Education staff in 1999 from the Anthropological Sociology Department. He holds a M.A. in Sociology and is currently reading for a PhD at UWC. His research interests are in the areas of demographic change and migration and quantitative research methodology. His initial research at the the Centre for the Study of Higher Education focused on the provision of scholarship and training awards from overseas donor and government agencies to South Africans within South Africa and abroad and research on international students and non-South African citizens employed in South Africa at higher education institutions. Other research activities have involved studies on higher education and industry partnerships, graduate employment, postgraduate studies and student retention. His current research focuses on student elections and the impact of higher education restructuring on the activities of academics.

Shu'aib Denyssen:
Shu'aib started with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education as Research Intern in 2001. He holds a MEd in educational administration, management and policy and is reading for a DPhil in Education Policy at UWC.EPU A teacher by training, his continued extra-curricular involvement in education policy-making processes saw him later providing research support to the ANC education study group in the National Assembly of the South African parliament. Further research interests include:
the political economy of education in a context of globalisation,
the changing nature of the policy-making process in South African higher education,
parliament as mediating instrument towards bridging the gap between policy intention and practice.

The H-SA-Higher-Education current list of editors is located at http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~sahighed.The editors serve two-year renewable terms, with the approval of the H-Net Executive Committee and rotate their duties. The current editor will be identified in all messages coming from the list. The editors will solicit postings (by email, phone and even by regular mail), will assist people in managing subscriptions and setting up options, will handle routine inquiries, and will consolidate some postings. Anyone with suggestions about what H-Southern-Industry can and might do is invited to send in ideas. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net lists, H-Southern-Industry is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the list, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over list editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.20 of our bylaws, located at:


III. Communicating Through the List.

A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all messages posted to its lists to be a form of publication. All contributions to H-SA-Higher-Education fall under Art. II, Sec. 2.04 of the H-Net Bylaws
concerning copyright and intellectual property:

"Although authors of messages to H-Net lists retain the copyright in those messages, sending a message to an H-Net list for posting will constitute permission to H-Net and its subscribers for electronic distribution and downloading for nonprofit educational purposes with proper attribution to the author, the originating list, and the date of original posting. Original messages to H-Net lists are not in the public domain, and may not be used for other than educational, nonprofit purposes without the permission of the copyright holder and notification to H-Net." In general, the author retains copyright rights to publication of any submission to the list, and grants to H-SA-Higher-Education and H-Net permission to store, disseminate with full attribution, and make available to subscribers such submissions without further permission. Postings (such as H-Net reviews) that are commissioned by H-Net are copyrighted by H-Net and may be reprinted for nonprofit, educational purposes with proper attribution to the author, location, and H-Net. A full copy of the H-Net Constitution and Bylaws and other important information may be found on the World Wide Web at: http://www.h-net.org/about/.

B. Contributions: "Netiquette." The tone and content of H-SA-Higher-Education depend directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the World Wide Web; we invite you consult them.

-- ALL MAIL TO THE LIST MUST BE SIGNED. The editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.

-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the list's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed from the subscription list.

-- STYLE: the default editorial style for the list is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.

-- FORMAT: Please send messages in plain text: no styles, html, special fonts, graphics files, or nonstandard characters (except diacriticals, which are acceptable). Signature files are subject to editing for content and length. Advertisements in signatures will be removed. Remove or turn off .vcf, digital signatures, or other automatic attachments. As a rule, editors do not redistribute attachments to the list; consider posting the material at a web site, or consult with the editor concerning proper venues for publication.

IV. Technical Information.

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and word wrap if you expect the line to wrap), as an email message to listserv@h-net.msu.edu:

sub H-SA-Higher-Education your name, institution Example: sub H-SA-Higher-Education Jane Smith, Illinois State U.

Follow the instructions in the reply that LISTSERV will send you in response to this command.

2.) To unsubscribe, logon to the computer account from which you subscribed
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SIGNOFF H-SA-Higher-Education

Please unsubscribe from H-SA-Higher-Education and all other mailing lists if you are terminating a particular computer account. You can then resubscribe from the new account.

3.) To change your subscription address: if you have access to your old account, login to it and send the command:

CHANGE listname newaddress
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You then must login to the NEW account to confirm the change, or it will not be executed. If you do not have access to your old account, then write
to the list address and have an editor make the change for you; be sure to
provide your old and new addresses.

4.) To send your own message to all subscribers, send an email note directly to H-SA-Higher-Education@h-net.msu.edu. Please see III above on style and formatting of messages to the list.

5.) To REPLY to a message so that all subscribers can read it, be sure that
the outgoing reply is directed to H-SA-Higher-Education@h-net.msu.edu, and not to the original author or to the editor. Replies intended only for individual authors should be sent directly to the author.

6.) If you are away for an extended period, suspend H-SA-Higher-Education email by sending this to listserv@h-net.msu.edu:

SET H-SA-Higher-Education NOMAIL

7.) After vacation, you can resume by sending to listserv@h-net.msu.edu:

SET H-SA-Higher-Education MAIL

8.) If you prefer to receive one daily digest of all posts to H-SA-Higher-Education instead of various individual posts, you can do so by sending this to listserv@h-net.msu.edu:

SET H-SA-Higher-Education DIGEST

To return to individual messages, send the following message:

SET H-SA-Higher-Education NODIGEST

V. The H-SA-Higher-Education Site on the World Wide Web

In addition to providing interactive communications via electronic mail, H-SA-Higher-Education also maintains a site on the World Wide Web. The site is located on
the H-Net server at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, USA. It may be located by following the hypertext links at http://www.h-net.msu.edu.The H-SA-Higher-Education web site contains the following information and services:

- The archives of the H-SA-Higher-Education list, known as its "logs." They are in searchable and sortable format.
- The network's official documents: its welcome files, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.
- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research
archives, other lists.

V. Advisory Board.

H-SA-Higher-Education's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic
subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among
editors and subscribers; monitor the list and make active contributions to
discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are
encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas
and concerns about H-SA-Higher-Education.

H-SA-Higher-Education's current Advisory Board is located at http://www2.h-net.msu.edu/~sahighed

VI. Our Parent Organization: H-Net

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a
variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and
social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of
ideas and scholarly resources.

The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods
and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to
test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.

H-Net's Constitution and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and committees, is available at:

Among H-Net's many services are:

- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at the World Wide Web. http://www.h-net.msu.edu/reviews

- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. http://www.matrix.msu.edu/jobs

- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site
and sample these and other services, at: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/announce


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