South Africa is currently faced with the challenge of undesirably low throughput rates in higher education.
The need to keep students interested and motivated to succeed are key objectives of many lecturers
and institutions. Empirical studies have shown that one of the factors influencing student success at
university is student engagement. This paper presents lecturers’ and students’ perspectives on levels of
student engagement in four (Engineering, Business, Applied Sciences, and Informatics and Design) of
the six faculties at CPUT as well as factors that contribute to and constrain these levels of engagement
in learning. Finally, the paper offers some practical strategies for promoting student engagement and
success in learning.