A COMPREHENSIVE UNIVERSITY: CONSTRUCTING AN ORGANISATIONAL IDENTITY
The restructuring of higher education
The restructuring of higher education through incorporations and mergers has attracted a lot of attention over the past few years in South Africa.
These incorporations and mergers have displaced institutions of higher education and positioned them in new organisational homes, thus subjecting faculties, schools and departments to a process of relocation, new knowledge acquisition, identity change and meaning-making processes.
The merger has resulted in three types of universities; i.e.
traditional universities, comprehensive universities and universities of technology.
The introduction of the comprehensive university as a new institutional type has brought with it questions about the idea of the university and the purpose of higher education in general.
Mergers in particular have initiated conversations about sense-making and meaning during change.
Amidst all this, people within the merging institution have been confronted with a new organisation with which they have to identify.
At universities in particular, questions about academic identity and organisational identity have become unavoidable.
Muki Moeng has been in the higher education sector for 10 years and has been involved in teaching, research and management.
M SC in Curriculum and Instruction, and D Ed in Higher Education restructuring.
Institutional Director: Teaching and Learning, Academic development and Support, North-West University in South Africa.