UCJ raising awareness
THE EDITOR, Sir:
I read with interest a letter by Citizen Striving for Ethical Jamaica in The Gleaner (Concerns over UTech dental programme, May 1, 2015) where it was stated that "... I would like the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) to do more to educate the public about accreditation".
At the UCJ, we acknowledge that more needs to be done to educate the public and we will continue to work with the media and other stakeholders to get the messages across about accreditation through our public education activities.
In March, the UCJ celebrated its 10th annual Quality Assurance Week in Tertiary Education with the aim of informing and educating the public about quality assurance issues in tertiary education. This included publishing the lists of registered institutions and accredited programmes, and holding a students' forum at the Montego Bay Community College, which attracted students from several institutions.
In addition, the UCJ is encouraging students who are considering tertiary education to carry out research in order to establish if the programme of study they are considering is accredited. The UCJ's Know Before You Enrol brochure gives clear guidance and quick tips on the steps to take ahead of making a decision. The brochure can be downloaded from the publications' section of the website www.ucj.org.jm
The UCJ publishes an updated list of all accredited programmes and institutions twice per year in The Gleaner, which is also available for download on the UCJ's website.
YVONNETTE J. MARSHALL
University Council of Jamaica