University President To Serve on American Association of State Colleges and Universities Board
5th November 2019
Nassau, THE BAHAMAS – University of The Bahamas (UB) President Dr. Rodney D. Smith, was recently nominated to serve as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). AASCU is a Washington-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning and teaching centred culture. It has a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development.
At the 2019 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona President Smith was elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors. Simultaneously, he was appointed to serve on the Committee on International Education. This committee serves in an advisory capacity to assist AASCU initiate and recommend policies, programs and services dealing with international education and global initiatives, in accordance with the organization’s mission and goals. The committee’s oversight includes two areas of focus: member campuses and AASCU. For member campuses, the Committee’s oversight includes identifying programs, services and strategies that can assist them in the process of comprehensive internationalization.
President Smith expressed, “this is a good thing for University of The Bahamas particularly, given that the Board of Trustees of UB will be asked to approve a policy requiring all undergraduate students at the institution to have at least one study-abroad experience by the end of their third year; however, they must complete the fourth year at UB prior to graduation.
For AASCU, the Committee serves as a presidential advisory group, providing essential input and guidance on its activities, programs, services related to international education and global initiatives.
Dr. Smith’s appointment helps to fulfil the objectives put forth in the 2016 University of The Bahamas Act to foster national, regional and international development by embracing technological innovation and advancing and disseminating knowledge.
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Chartered on 10th November 2016, University of The Bahamas (UB) is a beacon for national transformation. Approximately 5,000 students are enrolled in the University of The Bahamas system which includes campuses and centres on New Providence, Grand Bahama, San Salvador and Abaco, as well as UB online education. UB’s diverse academic programmes, research engagements, athletics and leadership development experiences equip our students to become global citizens in a dynamic world. For more information, visit www.ub.edu.bs.