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Cave Hill Retains Institutional Accreditation

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, June 12, 2019

_DSC0337ED-6-12-2019.jpgHaving met the latest assessment of tertiary education industry standards, Cave Hill Campus has secured the maximum seven years of institutional accreditation. It successfully completed a rigorous round of evaluation by the Barbados Accreditation Council (BAC), the national body which awards such validation.

The Campus, which received its first institutional accreditation from the BAC in 2013, underwent the reaccreditation evaluation from March 18-22, 2019.

It was assessed on five standards – mission and objectives; governance and administration; teaching and learning; readiness for change; quality enhancement. The Campus opted to be evaluated on an additional standard – graduate studies, research and innovation.

The process included a self-evaluation report, BAC-scheduled meetings with key stakeholders including faculty and staff, students and graduates, site visits to ascertain the conditions for teaching and learning, and unscheduled interactions with staff and students.

In its report, the BAC review team concluded that determined leadership and supportive staff enabled Cave Hill to survive a substantial fall in enrollment and income resulting from the period when the Government of Barbados no longer paid full tuition fees.

“The Campus is diversifying its sources of income and planning confidently for the future. The culture of professionalism and reflective practice in teaching and learning is exemplary and serves the students of the Campus well,” the team added.

Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Cave Hill Professor Eudine Barriteau accepted the accreditation certificate from Chairman of the BAC, Ann Lady Hewitt during a ceremony held on June 4, 2019.

In her remarks, Lady Hewitt noted that the evaluation team comprised competent regional and international evaluators.

“Heartfelt congratulations to the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, as you continue to live that initial mandate to unlock West Indian potential for economic and cultural growth by high quality teaching and research. Long may you continue to provide the quality of education, which earns international respect and denotes regional pride.”

An elated Professor Barriteau gave special recognition to the three-member team of Dr Jeanese Badenock, Gale Hall and Deborah Deane who put together the 438-page self-evaluation report that addressed both the strengths and weaknesses of the institution.

“After the last accreditation exercise, we had gone through a 40 per cent drop in student enrolment, mounting government debt and had to keep the Campus together under some trying circumstances. The faculty leadership worked to keep the Campus afloat, having to take (such) hard decisions that we couldn’t do capital upgrades, or basic infrastructural repairs, but we would emphasise quality and student-centredness.”

Not only will the Campus benefit from the evaluation, she said, but so will students, host country Barbados and the region.

“The first beneficiaries are our students, then the institution because accreditation provides national, regional and international recognition of quality, accountability and public trust. It verifies the quality of the educational provision to potential students, businesses and governments and highlights and capabilities of the institution. The third main beneficiary is the host nation, Barbados, and the region which we serve. It assures that a highly skilled workforce is provided, which should enhance the international competitiveness of local institutions and provide assurances to Barbadian and regional taxpayers of the quality of the education we provide.”

PHOTO: Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal at The UWI Cave Hill, Professor Eudine Barriteau receives the Certificate of Institutional Accreditation from Margo Lady Ann Hewitt, Chairman of the Barbados Accreditation Council


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