The key purpose of the SANRC is to improve student success in South Africa by developing and disseminating research in the field of the First-Year Experience (FYE). We work with institutions of higher education all over South Africa to help develop a more welcoming and overall supportive environment for first-year students, throughout all stages of the higher education journey.
The SANRC is funded by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). Having been established in 2015 under the auspices of the Academic Development Centre (ADC) at University of Johannesburg (UJ), the SANRC is now a full-fledged national centre and operates from an office at UJ’s Auckland Park Bunting Road (APB) campus. The SANRC has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a ‘sister’ organisation in the United States, i.e. the National Resource Centre for The First- Year Experience and Students in Transition (NRC). The NRC is based at the University of South Carolina.