Pro Vice-Chancellor's Report - Undergraduate Studies

Professor Alan Cobley

Professor Alan Cobley

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board for Undergraduate Studies

The academic year 2015-2016 was the fourth year of the University’s Strategic Plan 2012-2017. The Office for the Board of Undergraduate Studies (OBUS) Operational Plan 2014-2017 listed several major initiatives to be led by BUS under the broad strategic perspective of ‘Teaching, Learning and Student Development’, a number of which were completed during the year under review.

The Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) organized 20 quality assurance reviews during 2015-2016, and conducted several quality evaluations. At the national level, the QAU was heavily engaged in promoting academic quality in partner tertiary level Institutions across the Eastern Caribbean, and at the regional level, were active participants in the work of the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education (CANQATE).

In the review year, OBUS undertook a range of student engagement and experience initiatives. Among them were the adjustment to the failing bands in the GPA policy, cross-campus revision of the Caribbean Civilization foundation course, and harmonization of degree programmes within the Faculty of Science and Technology. The Office also continued its administration of regional scholarships, which give support to some of the region’s brightest and best students attending The UWI.