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Cave Hill Campus Gets High Marks from International Review Team

For Release Upon Receipt - Friday, July 12, 2013

The UWI Cave Hill Campus has been given “high marks” by an international review team which recently carried out a comprehensive assessment of its operations as part of the national institutional accreditation process.  Deputy Principal of the Campus Professor Eudine Barriteau, in her welcome remarks to participants at the annual Teaching and Technology Symposium held in the Solutions Centre on the campus recently, noted that the institution has met or exceeded the exacting standards in the five key areas set by the Barbados Accreditation Council.  

“While our self-study recognized a number of areas for improvement, and identified strategies to effect those improvements, the review team highlighted several key areas for commendation… including our administrative structure and infrastructure, our systems for quality assurance, our physical and virtual learning environment, our procedures and systems for the setting and assessment of learning outcomes, and our faculty development and instructional support provisions among others,” she noted.  The Deputy Principal lauded the Campus’ Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), for the central role it played, in partnership with other key units and departments, in most of these key areas.

In particular, the Deputy Principal commended the Centre for its work in the area of faculty development, including the organising of the annual Symposium.   She noted that in 2009 the Campus launched the Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (CUTL), as a contractual requirement for all new teaching staff without prior training for teaching in higher education, and that teaching staff had responded well to the programme, which is delivered by the professional staff of CETL, with the support of academic and professional staff in other departments of the University.  “A significant number of established faculty have opted to pursue the course along with new faculty and this has augured well for the richness of the interactions and learning activities in the programme as junior faculty learn from more experienced colleagues and vice versa,” Professor Barriteau noted, adding that to date, 59 persons had graduated, while another 72 were at various stages of completing the programme. 

She remarked that the programme placed major emphasis on reflective practice, and on action research, thereby ensuring an evidence base for pedagogical innovation and encouraging faculty to contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning in their various disciplines.  “Graduates of the programme have begun to present the results of their research at international conferences and to publish in peer reviewed journals, including the ‘Caribbean Teaching Scholar Journal’ coming out of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the St. Augustine Campus.   We look forward with great interest to further growth in this area, as our faculty make their unique contribution on the Caribbean experience, to the global pool of knowledge on teaching and learning in higher education in the digital age,” Professor Barriteau added. 


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