The Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) organised 16 quality assurance reviews during 2016/2017:
- Cave Hill - The Foundation Language Programme Fundamentals of Written English; The School of Education; Linguistics
- Mona - Sociology, Social Policy, Demography, Anthropology and HRD Psychology; Social Work
- Open Campus - Master of Adult and Continuing Education
- St. Augustine - Department of Pre-Clinical Sciences; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Food Production; Cultural Studies; Faculty of Law; Centre for Language Learning; Communication Studies
- Graduate Studies & Research - Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit (Vice Chancellery)
In addition to the full Quality Assurance Reviews, the QAU conducted a number of Quality Evaluations of several Teachers' Colleges in Jamaica, and of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College in St Kitts and Nevis.
Other Initiatives on Quality
In February 2017, the University Task Force on Quality, chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board
of Undergraduate Studies (BUS), submitted its
report to the University Finance and General Purposes Committee, which approved the major recommendations, including the adoption of a UWI Quality Policy and the establishment of a UWI Quality Management Team.
The University-wide Centre-Funded Centres and Institutes Quality Assurance Review Follow-Up Committee met for the first time during the year, chaired by the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Research.
Quality Assurance Unit Senior Programme Officers
Dr. Pamela Dottin (Open Campus) and Dr. Sandra Gift (St. Augustine) were invited to lead preparation for institutional accreditation exercises on their respective campuses.
The Pro Vice-Chancellor BUS chaired the cross-campus Faculty of Medical Sciences Accreditation Compliance Committee to oversee the development and implementation of the Faculty's Action Plan to address issues raised in CAAM-HP's Accreditation Report of 2016. The follow-up report on the implementation of the Action Plan was submitted to CAAM-HP in June 2017.
Student Engagement and Experience
Report on Student Performance
Campuses are now required to report on student performance to the Board on an annual basis, highlighting trends and detailing efforts to improve student performance.
Adjustment to Failing Bands in the GPA Policy
An adjustment to Failing Bands in the GPA Policy was implemented at the beginning of the year to afford students a better opportunity to recover from failures. Office of the Board for Undergraduate Studies (OBUS) worked with the Campus Registrars and Deans to monitor its implementation.
At the request of the Board, the Open Campus piloted the use of Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR) during the year with a view to making recommendations for the introduction of the policy university-wide in 2018/2019.
BUS approved the use of a co-curricular transcript for all students on the model used by the Mona Campus.
Assessment [Examination] Regulations
The revised regulations were due to be introduced with effect from August 1, 2017.
Policy Framework on
Continuing Professional Education
A framework for the award of credits for CPE programmes developed by the Open Campus was approved for university-wide use.
FOUN1101 Caribbean Civilisation
This course became the first University Foundation course to be delivered cross-campus, using a blended teaching modality. Plans are in train to deliver two other Foundation courses using a similar modality in 2018/2019.
Undergraduate Programme Approvals
21 new or revised undergraduate degree programmes were approved. Many of these were a product of continuing efforts at harmonisation of academic programming sponsored by the Board.
During the year several initiatives associated with the University's Strategic Plan for 2012–2017 were completed, and plans were put in place for several new initiatives under the new Triple A Strategic Plan for 2017–2022.