NCU to apply for institutional accreditation
The Northern Caribbean University (NCU) says it intends to apply for institutional accreditation from the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) within a year.
NCU president Dr Trevor Gardner says the decision was taken by the university during a meeting last week.
His disclosure comes as public concern increases about the legitimacy of tertiary institutions and their degree programmes.
In 2012, the University of the West Indies was granted institutional accreditation, the only tertiary institution with that status in Jamaica.
It means that all of the UWI's tertiary-level programmes are recognised.
In recent weeks, the Hydel University College, the 178-year-old Mico University College and the Caribbean Maritime Institute have had many of their programmes questioned.
The UCJ which is the national quality-assurance agency for tertiary education in Jamaica has been criticised for taking a long time to assess and approve programmes.
However, the NCU president says he is satisfied with the UCJ's accreditation process even though the university has several new programmes that are yet to be approved.
He says despite that, the NCU will be moving ahead with plans to apply for institutional accreditation within a year.
Gardner says the UCJ’s systems are rigorous and will ensure that international standards are met.
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