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Barbados Accreditation Council Newsletter June 2009, Vol. 3, No. 1

CANQATE Conference 2009

Bridgetown, Barbados

Barbados will be in the spotlight when the Barbados Accreditation Council, under the auspices of the Government of Barbados, hosts the 6th Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education (CANQATE) Conference at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre from October 6 – 8, 2009. The Conference will be preceded by a Pre Conference Workshop on October 6 which has as its theme “Preparing an Effective Self Evaluation Report”. The workshop is aimed at equipping tertiary level providers with the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively analyze and report on their educational provision against the standards and/or criteria established by external quality assurance agencies. Specifically, at the end of the workshop, participants will: • Have a deeper understanding of the underlying principles and justification for undertaking a critical self-evaluation; • Possess the requisite competencies to undertake a critical self-evaluation; and • Know the type of information that the external quality assurance agency and the visiting team would require for a successful peer review visit. The theme for this year’s conference is “Balancing Quality and Quantity: The Global Challenge for Tertiary Education”. This theme is considered to be highly relevant across the globe as increasing focus is being given to providing greater access to tertiary education to all citizens while at

the same time, improving the quality of tertiary educational provision. The 2009 CANQATE Conference will provide the opportunity for participants to discuss and analyze global challenges associated with increasing student numbers and the impact on the maintenance and advancement of quality in tertiary education. The Key Note speakers are Dr. Richard Lewis, immediate Past President of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE); Prof. Vivienne Roberts, Deputy Principal, University of the West Indies Open Campus and Chairperson of the Barbados CANQATE Core Group; and Dr. Ethley London, President of CANQATE and Executive Director of the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ). The facilitator for the Pre Conference Workshop is Prof. Donald Hanna, Educational Communications (Distance Education), University of Wisconsin-Extension, U.S.A. Prime Minister, Hon. David Thompson, Q.C., M.P. will deliver the Feature Address, and the Remarks will be presented by the Hon. Ronald D. Jones, M.P., Minister of Education and Human Resource Development at the Official Opening Ceremony after which a Cocktail Reception will follow. In addition to the invaluable experience of sharing of information, networking and synergizing of ideas, participants will be treated to a Learning Journey (an island tour) and a Gala Dinner at the “Plantation”, which showcases Barbadian culture in music, dance and other fanfare.

What’s Inside Chairperson’s Word Photo Gallery From the Desk of the Executive Director Quality without a Quality Culutre - Is It Possible? Accreditation Corner Upcoming Event - CANQATE Conference 2009 Poetry Stop and Registered Institutions Launch of the CANQATE Core Group Around the World

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