Our Commitment to Continuous Improvement
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Office of Institutional Strengthening and Accreditation
Keva M. Bethel Building
University of The Bahamas
Oakes Field Campus
In 2024, University of The Bahamas (UB) will celebrate 50 continuous years in operation since its founding as The College of The Bahamas through the amalgamation of several institutions.
Both in mission and mandate, UB is a vital contributor to national development and is purposefully guided in its growth by the University of The Bahamas Strategic Plan. We have embarked on another pivotal step, creating a culture of continuous improvement, to make us more effective in delivering on our mission as we build a resilient nation. Our aim of national and international accreditation is a part of that journey.
What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a process that supports a culture of continuous improvement and excellence in all that we do. It involves cycles of reviewing, assessing and enhancing how we operate as an academy as we remain mission-focused, resulting in operational efficiency and enhanced policies, and procedures.
Qualified external agencies and peer institutions are a part of the process and provide the validation of quality assurance. This cultural shift signifies to external and internal stakeholders that the University meets the quality standards expected of a recognised member of the national and international community of universities.
University of The Bahamas aims to become the first institution in The Bahamas to be accredited by the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council (NAECOB). NAECOB is the national authority responsible for registering and accrediting educational and training providers that provide services in The Bahamas.
The council is a is a statutory body established under the National Accreditation and Equivalency Council Act of The Bahamas.
UB is simultaneously pursuing international accreditation as a member of and contributor to the international community of universities.
By its very nature, a university is an international enterprise. Successful universities recruit faculty from jurisdictions, seeking the ones most likely to carry out outstanding scholarly work as teachers and as researchers. Internationalisation has become a driving force to bring together students from different backgrounds to prepare them for a global society and recruit faculty with a record of outstanding scholarly work. International accreditation is a pivotal part of attaining that international recognition.
How Will We Be Better?
University of The Bahamas aspires to be better, stronger and have an increased capacity to support and drive national development. Continuous improvement will make us more equipped to do this while enhancing our accountability to the public, the government which provides substantial funding and our private donors.
- Develop a culture of continuous quality assessment and improvement.
Seeking accreditation means submitting an in-depth review of programmes, policies, practices, and procedures to enhance quality assessment and improvement in service to our students, faculty and staff and to the nation at large.
- Support and enhance student mobility.
Accreditation provides a solid basis for creating student exchange programmes where students from UB can attend other universities for a semester and, in return, UB welcomes and serves students from other universities and both receive recognised credits. It also opens to door to more robust recruitment of international students at UB and a more diversified student body.
- Develop and support research.
International accreditation will enhance the research opportunities available to UB faculty. As an internationally accredited university, UB would be well-placed to partner with other universities in international research activities funded through grant and sponsored research programmes.
- Develop faculty and staff exchange programmes.
International accreditation better supports faculty and staff exchange programmes, by reassuring potential university partners that such relationships can be beneficial to both institutions.
- Facilitate access to increased financial resources.
At an accredited institution, where gaps in processes and services are discovered, we can better make the case for support from our primary funder, the Government of The Bahamas, and from private donors. Additionally, successful recruitment and integration of international students, whose higher tuition fees can increase our revenue base, is dependent on having a recognised accreditation status.
- Add value to the degrees our alumni have earned.
Our graduates have gone on to further studies well-prepared to be successful in subsequent programmes while others are serving in various positions all over the world building strong, successful careers. International accreditation can bring external and validation of internal claims and add value to our degrees, even for those who are already graduates.
- Become a leading institution of choice for Bahamians.
Accreditation will provide us with a competitive advantage when recruiting top-tier students who have the choice and the means to attend universities elsewhere. This leads to a larger market share, helping to grow the university and increase the likelihood that such students will become future nation-builders.
Transcript of President’s Charge Video Message
Let me begin by saying thank you to each of you for joining us on this very, very important journey.
I’m grateful that you’ve offered your time and your expertise to support the accreditation project that we’ve undertaken together. A couple of things I want to remind you of, or help you remember, and the first one is I want you always to remember that this is something we’re doing for ourselves. Nobody’s doing this to us. We’re doing this for ourselves so that we can be better; we can better serve our students, we can be a stronger community, we can better support staff, faculty and ultimately deliver on our mission to support and drive national development.
Now it’s going to be hard. But it’s not like going to the dentist, it’s like getting a car tune up. It’s like trying to check on what we do and how we do it and making sure that what we do meets the standards that we’re being asked to reach. SACS offers us an incredible opportunity to measure who we are, what we do and how we do it against international standards of excellence for universities and each of you in every sector across the entire community will be looking at who we are, what we do and how we do it. And sometimes we’re going to find out that we meet the standards and we can prove it and that would be great and pretty easy work; a long time to collect the documents, assemble them, but not difficult. Sometimes who we are, what we do and how we do it will be a little bit more difficult to show. We know that we do it well, but we don’t have the documentation, we don’t have the record so you’re gonna have to do a little more digging, a little more collecting and maybe some questioning and maybe some documents would need to be prepared that we don’t currently have but you’ll get that done.
Sometimes, meeting the standard by showing who we are, what we do and how we do it is going to be more difficult – you’re going to run into a roadblock, you’re going to find that who we are, what we do, and how we do it doesn’t quite yet meet the standard. That’s going to be a problem moment and what I expect from everyone engaged in this work is where we have a problem, we solve it; we sit down and speak to each other in a respectful and collegial fashion, and we solve problems together because ultimately, what I’ve said over and over. And believe most profoundly is that universities are communities. We’re a university, we’re a community, we do things together.
Today, you are our community leaders on the most important project we’re undertaking this year and I thank you for that. And I promise you, my entire support for the entire length of this project. I also promised you a pretty big party when we’re done and we’re proud. Thank you.
All faculty and staff who want to develop new skills or enhance existing ones are encouraged to attend these workshops as we live out our commitment to continuous improvement. To register in advance of each workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Writing Mission and Vision Statements I – 19th September, 11 a.m. | Harry C. Moore Library, Auditorium
Writing Mission and Vision Statements II – 26th September, 11 a.m. | Harry C. Moore Library, Auditorium
Introduction to Survey Monkey – 3rd October, 11 a.m. | Harry C. Moore Library, Auditorium
Interpreting Survey Results from Survey Monkey – 17th October, 11 a.m. | Harry C. Moore Library, Auditorium
Writing Narratives for Reports – 24th October, 11 a.m. | Franklyn R. Wilson Graduate Centre
Policy Writing – 31st October, 11 a.m. | Harry C. Moore Library, Auditorium