The CHE is engaged in various research projects aimed at the facilitation of timely and relevant quality research and critical analysis of issues in higher education in order to contribute to the development of the higher education system. The CHE aims to spread these projects across the most important higher education themes in order to ensure periodic assessment of the system as a whole.
The impact of new and emerging technologies on higher education cannot be ignored or under estimated. Both distance education and traditional lecture rooms are being revolutionised by developments ranging from massively open online courses (MOOCs) to assessing learners understanding during a lecture. South Africa needs to keep abreast of technological developments and find ways to implement effectively the most relevant and useful technologies. The CHE plans a colloquium in 2013 to allow for further investigation into these various technologies and the ways in which students and academics are already benefitting and can benefit further from these developments.