BAClight Newsletter, June 2008

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Barbados Accreditation Council Newsletter June 2008, Vol. 2, No.1

Chairperson’s Word WELCOME

enacted in response to the new challenges facing the postsecondary/tertiary sector. Its establishment was heralded as a beacon for the advancement of quality and integrity in tertiary education and training in Barbados.

Since the dawn of independence in 1966, when secondary education I envision a Council that will achieve 100 per cent became a right as opposed registration of institutions and training providers; assist to a privilege, there has institutions and providers through technical support; been a dramatic increase improve the programme offerings through its programme in the number of persons approval mechanisms; enhance quality through the pursuing post-secondary accreditation of programmes and institutions; and build education and training ...I envision a Council institutional capacity through workshops, in Barbados. that will achieve 100 which will include training in the self Ms. Yvonne Walkes, Chairperson study process for accreditation, curriculum This coupled per cent registration of design and development, and assessment with the effects of globalization on tertiary education has meant that Barbados, like institutions and training and instructional techniques. other developing countries, had to implement providers... As Chairperson, under a new political innovative mechanisms for dealing with the administration, I am honoured to be part of this increasing numbers of students, problems of access, momentous period in the life of the Council. It is my hope increased availability of foreign-based qualifications and that the initiatives being developed by the Council will online methods of instruction, as well as, the emergence better prepare our nation and our people for successful of unscrupulous institutions and providers. adaptation into global labour and education markets. At the regional level, the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (2001) which facilitated the free movement of skilled nationals within the Caribbean Community meant that countries had to develop methods to promote the mutual recognition of qualifications. The time had come for Barbados to establish a post-secondary or tertiary education and training framework that could incorporate recognition, quality assurance and quality enhancement mechanisms.

What’s Inside From the Desk of the Executive Director Creating a Quality Culture in Tertiary Education Accreditation Corner News & Upcoming Events Poetry Stop and Announcements Photo Gallery Around the Region

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