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Herman Visser

Snr Specialist: Institutional Statistics&Analysis


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Harrismith South Africa

Currently Senior Specialist: Institutional Statistics and Analysis, Unisa

Contact details

vissehj@unisa.ac.za

O: 012 4292839


Web presence

Business Address

University of South Africa-Muckleneuk Campus, Pretoria, South Africa, 0002


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Directorate Information and Analysis | UNISA
2014 - present

Senior Specialist: Institutional Statistics and Analysis


Previous Position(s)

Department Institutional Statistics and Analysis | UNISA
2011 - 2014

Senior Specialist: Institutional Statistics and Analysis


Department Information and Strategic Analysis | UNISA
2009 - 2011

Director: Information and Analysis; Senior Specialist: Information and Strategic Analysis


Department Planning and Analysis | UNISA
2004 - 2009

Director: Institutional Information


Part-time Lecturer at Graduates School for Business Leadership | UNISA
1992 - 1993

Lectured on Planning Systems, Information Systems and Performance Management Systems


Guest Lecturer Information Systems (ad hoc) | UNISA
1991 - 1991

Part-time Lecturer, Department of Informatics | University of Pretoria
1988 - 1998

Bureau for Management Information | UNISA
1986 - 2003

Deputy Director; Senior Deputy Director; Director; Director and Head of Department


Computer Services | University of the Free State
1980 - 1986

Senior Programmer; Systems Analyst/Progammer; Project Leader: Financial Systems


Computer Centre | Free State Provincial Administration
1978 - 1980

Computer Programmer; Senior Programmer


Provincial Audit | Free State Provincial Administration
1977 - 1978

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Educational history

Secondary

Sentraal High School, Bloemfontein, South Africa (1971)

Tertiary

University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika

Pretoria, South Africa | 1991 - 1992

Advanced Executive Programme - Management

(Cum laude)

University of the Free State/Universiteit van die Vrystaat

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1979 - 1980

Honours B Com - Business Data Processing

University of the Free State/Universiteit van die Vrystaat

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 1973 - 1978

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) - Business Data Processing; Business Economics; and Economics

Achievements

Awards

Best presentation at SAAIR conference | 2011

Visser, HJ & Van Zyl. HJD (2011). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 11-13 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa. The assessment of academic readiness/risk as one of the pieces to enhance student retention, success and throughput. Evaluated as best paper at the Forum.

SAAIR Distinguished membership | 2006

Distinguished membership of the Southern African Association for Institutional Reserach in recognition of outstanding contribution to institutional research

Academic Achievements

Co-presented paper at conference | 2014

Havenga, PH, Visser, HJ, Tustin, DH & Van Aardt, CJ (2014) Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 16 September -18 September 2014, Pretoria, South Africa. A framework for PQM viability and prioritizing

Presented paper at conference | 2013

Visser, HJ (2013). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 30 October -1 November 2013, Durban, South Africa. Are we achieving equity with financial aid allocations?

Co-presented paper at conference | 2013

Visser, HJ & Tladi, LS (2013). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 30 October -1 November 2013, Durban, South Africa. On-campus registration: Why don’t students register online?

Co-presented paper at conference | 2012

Visser, HJ & Van Zyl, HJD (2012). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 3-5 October 2012, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Moving from conceptual to predictive modelling of student risk: Using student profiling to inform effective interventions.

Co-presented paper at conference | 2012

Van Zyl, HJD & Visser, HJ (2012). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 3-5 October 2012, Bloemfontein, South Africa. Developing indices from survey data to enhance student profiling and student risk prediction.

Presented paper at conference | 2012

Visser, HJ (2012). Association for Institutional Research 52nd Annual Forum, New Orleans, United States of America, 2-6 June 2012. SAAIR best presentation: Assessment of academic readiness/risk in support of student success and retention.

Co-presented paper at conference | 2011

Visser, HJ & Van Zyl. HJD (2011). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 11-13 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa. The assessment of academic readiness/risk as one of the pieces to enhance student retention, success and throughput..

Presented paper at workshop | 2011

Visser, HJ (2011). Higher Education South Africa (HESA)/Umalusi Workshop, September 2011, Pretoria, South Africa, Performance of NSC students at Unisa.

Co-presented paper at conference | 2011

Visser, HJ & Subotzky, GI (2011). National Association for Distance Education and Open Learning in South Africa (NADEOSA) Conference, 25-26 August 2011, Johannesburg, South Africa. Appropriately measuring and benchmarking retention and graduation in ODL.

Presented paper at conference | 2010

Visser, HJ (2010). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 21-23 September, Johannesburg, South Africa. Identifying and prioritising frequently repeated courses to ensure maximum impact of interventions to improve course success and throughput.

Presented keynote address at conference | 2010

Visser, HJ (2010). Botswana Tertiary education Council’s Institutional Research Dissemination Forum, 25 February 2010. The nature of Institutional Research and the extent to which it can be used in Strategic Management by Higher Education institutions (Keynote address).

Co-presented paper at conference | 2009

Tustin, DH & Visser, HJ (2009). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 21-23 September 2009, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Student service satisfaction: Narrowing the gap?

Publication of article in scientific journal | 2008

Visser, HJ (2008). New Directions in Institutional Research, Assessment Supplement: International perspectives on Accountability, and Access to Postsecondary Education, pp 65-77. Listen to the urgent sound of drums: Major challenges in African Higher Education.

Presented paper at conference | 2008

Visser, HJ (2008). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 13-15 October 2008, Windhoek, Namibia. Major challenges for African Higher Education.

Co-presented paper at conference | 2008

Visser, HJ & Subotzky, GI (2008). Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR) Annual Forum, 13-15 October 2008, Windhoek, Namibia. Measuring and benchmarking throughput for improvement.

Co-presented paper paper at conference | 2008

Visser, HJ & Gerber, HJ (2008). SAS Conference, Johannesburg, South Africa. Using data mining techniques to develop a model to predict students’ academic performance.

Publication of article in scientific journal | 2013

Visser, HJ & Van Zyl, HJD (2013). South African Journal for Higher Education, 27(3) Assessment of academic readiness to achieve student success and retention.

Publication of article in scientific journal | 2011

Tustin, DH & Visser, HJ (2011). Progressio: South African Journal for Open and Distance Learning Practice, 33(1): 3-22. A comprehensive student satisfaction model for an ODL environment.

Activities

Memberships

Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR)

Executive member, Treasurer, November 1994 - present

Member of Steering Committee 1993/1994
Founding member
Member of Executive Committee since 1994 to date except for two years
Member
Distinguished member

Association for Institutional Research (AIR)

Member, May 1991 - present

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