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providing the opportunity for Barbados to participate in the regional initiative of training external evaluators or peer reviewers by hosting the most recent workshop.

Chairman, Ms. Yvonne Walkes, SCM, JP


t is a pleasure to write the Chairman’s Word for another edition of the BAClight newsletter, and in doing so I wish to express the profound thanks of the Board of Directors of the Barbados Accreditation Council (BAC) to the CARICOM Secretariat and the European Union for


The workshop was very timely as the Council had just previously held training as part of the accreditation process to prepare local tertiary providers for External Evaluation. That learning experience prepared the providers to write a selfevaluation report so that they could understand the rudiments involved in a site visit which provides evidence that an enterprise has quality

9th Annual CANQATE Conference From the Desk of Executive Director Worldskills Barbados Competition Programme Approval workshop Registration workshop

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management systems in place. With the implementation of the Council’s accreditation process, it is anticipated that with the requisite training, educational providers (EP) will be able to carry out comprehensive evaluations. Worldwide, external evaluation or peer review, as the process is also referred to, is seen as a critical component or robust quality assurance framework. The use of external expertise in the quality assurance process not only signals to tertiary educational providers that the quality assurance agency is taking an independent route for the assessment of the institution or programme of study, but also that

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intent to seek accreditation or have commenced the process towards accreditation. Persistent efforts are also being made to encourage other providers to pursue accreditation Executive Director, Accreditation as this public recognition signals Council of Trinidad and Tobago their commitment to quality tertiary (ACTT) and Mr. Jason Stafford, educational provision. Manager, Quality Assurance, UTT and former Research Officer, ACTT. This year promises to be exciting as This workshop was held at the the Council will be embarking on Grand Barbados Hotel and Resort, the development of a credit-based Aquatic Gap, Bay Street, St. Michael. National Qualifications Framework In addition, on November 8 and (NQF). As a critical component 9, the Council hosted a workshop of the National Human Resource on “Preparing for Accreditation” Development Strategic Plan 2011at the Courtyard by Marriott 2016, the NQF will clearly identify Bridgetown B ridgetown at Ha Hast Hastings, sti Christ academic and technical vocational Church. Nineteen Ni ((19) tertiary education and training outcomes educational educatio onal providers participated at each qualification level as well as in the workshop workshop and aat the end of align these outcomes (competencies) the workshop, workshop, it w was as eexpected that in order to facilitate educational and labour mobility. It is envisaged that theyy should: the competency approach to the NQF a. be able to conduct conduc an effective will ensure that learning outcomes are relevant to the labour market self-evaluation; and improve articulation and credit b. be able to undertake un the transfer between tertiary educational necessary steps to prepare for providers, amongst other benefits. accreditation; an and The Council, in collaboration with c. have gained a better the Ministry of Education and understanding of the Human Resource Development, will Council’s aaccreditation be inviting stakeholders to give input procedures and its standard into the development process as the implementation of the NQF will for accreditation accreditation. require changes in the way tertiary The facilitators were the educational provision is offered in Executive Director D and Barbados. Q Qu Quality ality Assurance To our readers of the BAClight Offi fficer, M Mrs. Sharon newsletter, we look forward to providing further updates on our Alleyne. strategic goals and objectives for this The C Council will year and to receiving your comments continue co nti tinu to work via telephone or our general email closely with address at ■ providers provid that have stated their Valda V. Alleyne (Ms) Executive Director




he Barbados Accreditation Council has had an eventful calendar 2011 year with the registration of at least twentysix (26) tertiary educational providers and the preparation of interested tertiary educational providers for the accreditation process.

The activities of the Council in included ncluded a Peer Review/ E valuator Trainingg workshop p Evaluator held from m May 26 to to 28, 2011. 20111. This wor workshop rkshop wa was as aimed aatt equippingg evalu evaluators uators w with ith the requisite requ uisite com competencies mpetenciess to be effeective ctive peer peeer reviewers/ review wers/ evaluators. facilitators evalua ators. Th Thee facilita ators Ruby Alleyne, were Dr Ru uby Alley yne, Vicee President of Quality Qual a ity Assurance Asssurance and and Enhancement, University En nhancemen nt, Universit iy off Trinidad and Tobago go (UTT) (U UTT) and d former

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fter months of preparation and three days of intense battle, the WorldSkills Barbados Competition 2012 climaxed with the crowning of five talented, young Barbadians earlier this month. Tevin Callender, Danika Haynes, Sadé Atkins, Clesita Moore and Natasha Murrell captured gold in their respective categories of Automotive Technology, Beauty Therapy, Culinary Arts, Hairdressing and Fashion Technology. The WorldSkills Barbados competition, which was organised by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council, was held March 7 to 8th at the Samuel Jackman

Earning the highest score of the approximately 30 competitors was Clesita Moore of the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB). The 23-year old walked away with the top prize of Best Overall Competitor, Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) and first place in the Hairdressing March 9, 2012, at the Barbados category and the award for Community College’s (BCC) Best of Institution - BVTB. Hospitality Training Institute, PomMarine Hotel. It is based She received a Scholarship on WorldSkills International, a valued at $1500 from the BVTB, global skills Olympics, which a scholarship from the Youth is held every two years in one Entrepreneurship Scheme; a gift of the 56-member countries. compliments Styles in Motion; Barbados is the second a feature in the Styles in Motion English-speaking Caribbean magazine and two tickets to country to become a member Harrison’s Cave, in addition of WorldSkills International. to her WorldSkills Barbados Gold medal and trophy. At the March 9th closing ceremony, amidst loud cheers Stating that she hoped to one day from their peers, family members own a chain of salons, the former and tutors, the victorious Garrison Secondary School students were each recognised student said, “My strategy going for their outstanding display of into the competition was to relax, skill, innovation and creativity stay focused and do my best.” which they exhibited during the competition, the inaugural competition. During Continued on page 5



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Clesita and her competitors demonstrated their skills in a number of specified areas in keeping with the WorldSkills Int e r n at i on a l hairdressing standards. These included a Men’s Classic Sculptured Cut With a Full Beard Design; a Fashion Cut and Permanent Wave for Men; a Long-Hair Creative Pin-Up Style with Colour, and a Lady’s Fashion Haircut with Colour. Admitting that she had some challenges with the “pin-up style”, Clesita affirmed that she made up for any lost points in that test by striving for excellence in her execution of the others. She advised persons who wished to enter WorldSkills Barbados in 2014 to “practise, practise, practise, ask lots of questions and do your research.” Taking second place in the Hairdressing category was Akelia Chapman of the BVTB, while Kniaisia Burnett, a 19-year old student of the SJPP, took home the bronze. The lone male winner in the competition was Tevin Callender of the SJPP. Easily securing first place in the Automotive Technology category, the 19-

year old champion revealed, “I was in the trade long. I worked with my father from the time I was a little boy.” The former Lodge School student said the competition gave him the opportunity to practice completing work “within a certain amount of time”. Now in his final year, he added, “I hope to get a job at Simpson Motors or one of the other companies when I leave SJPP.” Tevin competed against his classmates Shakir Cox, who took home the silver, and Rosh Wilson, who placed third. While the results of the beauty therapy category were being announced, Danika Haynes kept whispering to herself “please let me win, please let me win”. Divulging that tears came to her eyes when she heard her name, the 19-year old SJPP student said she benefited tremendously by participating in the competition.

Sade Atkins, a quiet 24-year old BVTB culinary arts student, was “shocked” by her win. Indicating that she sat for a little while after hearing her name, the Springer Memorial old scholar said, “It is a good feeling to know that you won, I have a passion for cooking and I guess that really helped me today.” Declaring she was proud that a BVTB student won, she explained that because of media exposure leading up to WorldSkills Barbados, “A lot of people were rooting for us; they wanted the BVTB to bring home the gold. “I am happy for the opportunity and that I have won the yearlong internship at the Crane, it should be interesting,” she noted, adding, “I really want to thank the public, the tutors and facilitators of the BVTB and my family for their support.”

Taurean Grannum and Stefon Barker of the BCC’s “I learnt time management and Hospitality Institute PomMarine won second and I now do the most important Hotel place, respectively. things first. My public speaking third has improved and with all Natasha Murrell of the SJPP of the spectators watching, I not only won first place in conquered my nerves, kept the Fashion Technology focused and ignored the people category of the WorldSkills around me,” Danika revealed. Barbados Competition, but The aspiring spa owner said she she also took home the award was extremely excited to make for Best of Institution - SJPP. use of her two-week internship Her classmate, Latoya Beckles at the Sandy Lane Spa. “It would placed second while BCC’s give me more experience and Gaynelder Grazette took home should help me when I open my the bronze medal. Gaynelder business.” Kadesha Bradshaw also won the Best of Institution placed second, while third- Award - BCC. (Source: BGIS). ■ place went to Deneil Trotman. BAClight Newsletter


SUCCESSFUL pprogramme approval workshop


he Barbados Accreditation Council hosted a Programme Approval Workshop on Wednesday, June 27 at the Hotel PomMarine (Hospitality Institute), Hastings, Christ Church from 8.30a.m. to 4.00p.m. The one day workshop, which was targeted at tertiary educational providers in Barbados, attracted approximately thirty-five (35) participants. The workshop sought to clarify the programme approval process, explain the programme approval criteria and provide participants with hands-on exposure with respect to developing a programme specification document. The participants’ feedback indicates that the workshop objectives were met.



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Programme approval is a quality assurance process which assures that a programme is appropriately designed and structured; adequately resourced; consistent with the provider’s mission; and has stated learning outcomes and assessment strategies that are set at an appropriate level for the qualification awarded.

Ms. Yvonne Walkes, Chairman delivered the Remarks at the Opening Ceremony. Pictured are some of the participants at the workshop.


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exceptional, getting value for there is a professional judgment money, providing added value or through national, regional and fitness for purpose. The widely international subject matter. accepted notion of ‘quality’ as it pertains to education is Barbados must be no exception if seen as ‘the extent to which tertiary educational provision is the institution or programme to be regarded internationally as fulfills its mission and objectives high quality. What do we mean by or the relevance of its mission the word “quality”? The concept and objectives for stakeholders. quality is multi-dimensional in Given various contexts, it is also that it can mean different things widely accepted that institutions to different people depending and programmes should be on their contexts, experiences, assessed against their own value systems and beliefs. In particular contexts. Evaluators the context of education, know that they need to take into different stakeholders – students, account the various peculiarities parents, faculty, employers in determining whether an and governments – may institution meets the criteria of the perceive ‘quality’ as excellence, external quality assurance agency.

There are also increasing challenges which are facing external quality assurance agencies as a result of the potential for fraudulent providers or diploma mills to offer low quality educational programmes that are supported by equally low quality agencies termed as accreditation mills. The Barbados Accreditation Council is dedicated to providing high quality services for the public to help combat these diploma and accreditation mills, and providing high quality training for tertiary educational providers to equip them with the necessary tools for offering high quality education and training. ■

Registration Workshop


pproximately 20 local educational providers were treated to the first full-day Registration workshop hosted by BAC. Previously held workshops consisted of a half-day of various activities and information sharing sessions to offer assistance for guidance of the EPs through the registration process. The need for a full day workshop on the Self Evaluative Study Report for the registration process came from the feedback of providers who had attended the last registration workshop held last year. The requirements of the report allow providers to assess their internal operations and examine their strengths and weaknesses. ■

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he Barbados Accreditation Council successfully hosted two workshops, in the month of November, 2011. The two workshops, Preparing for Accreditation and External & Peer Evaluators training, attracted a total of over 45 tertiary education providers and training and selected individuals from the pool of local evaluators. The Preparing for Accreditation workshop was of great assistance for educational providers as they strive towards an evocative selfevaluation and on-site evaluation experience, as they gained a better understanding of the Council’s accreditation standards and procedures. Local providers

can more equipped with the skills and expertise to undertake the accreditation process effectively as they are now able to successfully prepare the SelfEvaluation Report which is a requirement of the accreditation process.

The Technical Action Services Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat with the support of the European Development Fund (EDF) has been coordinating a capacity building project targeting Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grendines and Suriname as the main beneficiaries for the strengthening of the human resource capacity of their National External Quality Assurance Agencies.

The second workshop which was made possible through a project implemented by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and funded by the European Union, trained a pool of evaluators with the requisite skills and knowledge to be effective external/peer evaluators for the In August, 2011 the Barbados registration and accreditation Accreditation Council requested processes throughout the region. Continued on page 10



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the services of competent individuals to objectively evaluate and make recommendations on the quality of post-secondary or tertiary education and training institutions in Barbados and their programmes of study.

and Institutional Advancement, The University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and former Executive Director of the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT) and Mr. Jason Stafford, Manager, Institutional Advancement, UTT Dr. Ruby Alleyne, Vice- facilitated the evaluator and peer President, Quality Assurance review training workshop.

Ms Yvonne Walkes, Chairman of the Council delivered the Address at both workshops, and Mr. Steven Mac Andrew (CARICOM Representative) Specialist Movement of Skills/ Labour - CSME delivered the Brief Remarks at the second workshop.■

Outreach Programme


AC continues to reach its stakeholders with various information sessions and presentations at a number of secondary schools and college/ career showcases. The Council’s outreach programme to children at the secondary and tertiary levels has been continuously ongoing with great success. Ms. Katrina M. Ifill, Information Officer (pictured) with the Council has been sensitizing present and prospective students at the St Michael Secondary Student Motivation Seminar, the Lodge School’s Student Motivational Seminar, the International College Fair and the A’Neesh “College Planning” Seminar and the 2012 National Career Showcase at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The BAC promotion and sensitization programme has also been conducted at various secondary schools around

the island, such as Ellerslie Ellerslie Secondary and The Secondary, Alleyne Secondary, Metropolitan High School at the Deighton Griffith Secondary “Youth Leadership Conference”. ■ and St Lucy Secondary schools. The aim of the programme is to sensitize students, teachers and parents of the dangers of educational fraud and to safeguard them from becoming victims of the same. The Council was also the proud sponsor of five students each from

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Scott Thompson

t the beginning of the year Yahoo named former PayPal president Scott Thompson as its new CEO, and just a few months later the company has admitted that he doesn’t hold a computer science degree as he claims. The allegations were made by investor Daniel Loeb, who discovered that while Thompson did graduate from Stonehill College, he received a degree only in accounting and not computer science. Yahoo confirmed the allegation to AllThingsD, calling it an “inadvertent error” and stating that it “in no way alters that fact that Mr. Thompson is a highly qualified executive.” But it wasn’t the only incident: it turns out that Yahoo board member Patti Hart, who helped choose the new CEO, also changed her degree. While Hart claims to hold an economics and marketing degree from Illinois State College, in reality it’s in business administration. Of course, Thompson’s track record with PayPal — where he helped double the service’s userbase — shows that he’s likely qualified for the Yahoo job no matter what degree he holds. Nonetheless, the controversy does call into question the company’s hiring and vetting policies — though it’s not the only one with an issue, as Thompson’s imaginary computer science degree also managed to pop up in his bio at PayPal from at least six years ago, according to AllThingsD. Update: It would seem that the “inadvertent error” explanation wasn’t quite good enough for Yahoo. The company is going to be taking some additional steps to ensure that shareholders are kept happy in the wake of the Thompson disclosure.■



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ssessment procedures regarding the quality and effectiveness of the academic programmes of an institution, its staffing, and/or its structure, carried out by external experts (peers). (Strictly speaking, peers are academics of the same discipline, but in practice, different types of external evaluators exist, even though all are meant to be specialists in the field reviewed and knowledgeable about higher education in general.) For a review, the source of authority of peers, types of peers, their selection and training, their site visits, and the standards to be met may vary. A review is usually based on a selfevaluation report provided by the institution and can be used as a basis for indicators or as a method of judgment for (external) evaluation in higher education. ■ Source: UNESCO’s 2007 Quality Assurance and Accreditation: A Glossary of Basic Terms and Defi nitions; Bucharest, Romania



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