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The HEDA Scorecard Module is an indispensable tool in managing the NWU in a professional way. Without reliable and up-to-date management information, it is not possible to plan or to evaluate…and the fact that it gives access to comparative information is an added bonus.

In summary, the HEDA Scorecard:

  • enables university management to measure what they manage
  • it affords university councils a governance tool
  • it makes it easier for the DHET and Auditor-General to monitor and audit the extent to which targets are met and institutional operational plans are realised
  • is a user friendly tool which allows for a range of applications – whether a bird’s eye view from top-management to a micro application in school/research niche area or support departments.

Dr Theuns Eloff
Vice Chancellor, North-West University

"Finally we have emerged from the age of witchcraft"

Prof Jonathan Jansen
Vice-Chancellor and Rector, University of the Free State

“University management is always looking for better ways of planning and reporting. IDSC has an holistic view of planning in Higher Education and is always ready to develop new applications to assist.”

Prof Anthony Staak
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The HEDA System has been used successfully in the past few years to improve the governance associated with academic administration at UJ. This is particularly evident in the final admission verification of applicants and the numerous error reports used before HEMIS reporting.

Prof Marie Muller
Registrar: University of Johannesburg

In 2012, UJ was able to report a significant increase in student success rates since 2009. In this respect the HEDA system, which enables a 360° degree view on our data, should be mentioned. It is not only the reporting functionality that enabled us to expand our view on the success rate data but with the HEDA Data Management tool we were able to monitor the completeness and accuracy of our success rate data with ease. The HEDA system made a huge impact on our ability to monitor our success rates and even improve them over the past few years by being able to identify areas that required intervention.

Ms Trish Gibbon
Senior Director, Division for Institutional Planning, Evaluation and Monitoring, University of Johannesburg

“The commitment of Thys and the IDSC team to their clients is phenomenal. They are always happy to respond, whether to short-term needs or longer-term developments.”

“Working with IDSC is like having a team of dedicated developers in-house, with the added bonus of a system-wide perspective.”

Mr David Bleazard
Director: Institutional Planning, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

UJ has been using the HEDA system since its creation in 2004. It was developed by a company which is committed to its vision “to serve with integrity and provide Integrated Institutional Planning and Reporting Tools for the Education Sector through Innovative Solutions”. UJ’s partnership with IDSC has indeed been a “win-win” situation.

Ms Annamarie Meyer
Division of Planning, Evaluation & Monitoring, University of Johannesburg

The HEDA System is so good that it is equivalent to two full time excellent and experienced staff. The system is used to empower the staff to enable them to answer their own questions. The ad-hoc telephonic enquiries have decreased by 70% for the last 3 years. This enables staff to be productive and focus on developmental work.

The biggest advantage of the HEDA System is that one can at any time, from any place receive the exact same answer to a question.

In summary, the HEDA System:

  • improved the productivity of users to a higher level
  • enable staff to have access to critical and important information at the right time and in the right manner
  • creates an open and consistent process that assists in the planning process
  • is an indispensable tool that enables the users to deliver a quality service that benefits the university
The services and support received from IDSC is of a high quality. The Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning views IDSC as a partner, colleague and friend instead of being just a service provider.

The HEDA System is viewed as a quality product that assists the Directorate to deliver reports to senior management in a reliable, productive and time-efficient manner.

The HEDA System is used to provide information on HEMIS to the external auditors of the university and is further viewed as a validation of the information submitted.

Mr Jacques Botha
Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning, University of the Free State