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How we do it

Internal: The University of the West Indies since its inception has adopted the route of internal quality assurance measures for its programmes, including those which are not subject to professional accreditation. Currently, all academic departments at The UWI are subject to a periodic and formal process of quality reviews and quality assurance, which are implemented through the Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies (OBUS). These reviews include a self-assessment report which is considered by a review team which typically comprises a representative from the same discipline on another UWI campus, together with at least one senior academic from an extra-regional university, and a professional with expertise in the area, usually from the Caribbean but external to the UWI. The review team visits the campus to test the validity of the self-assessment report and meets with academic staff, students, programme graduates, relevant employers and management personnel. The team then provides feedback to the academic staff, which identifies issues for further consideration and/or action and reports the results to the faculty and campus academic boards. The OBUS review is supported by course and programme approval and the use and approval of first and second examiners, including university examiners, for most university examinations.

External examining system: There are also external examiners for all postgraduate courses and some undergraduate courses as well. The external examining system relies heavily on external academics invited from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and, in a few cases, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In other words, although The UWI has not previously been accredited by an external body, there are checks and balances in place to ensure that standards are maintained.

Accreditation: In Jamaica accreditation is done through the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), which is a statutory body currently under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education. The accrediting agency visits the institution under review and examines areas including the university’s academic programmes, financial status, governance and administration, admissions and student services procedures, available resources, student academic achievement, and organizational effectiveness. On completion of this exercise, the accrediting agency certifies that the institution meets agreed standards. UCJ programmes are internationally recognized by external accreditation agencies.

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