UCC accredited by UK body

Saturday, January 14, 2017

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The University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the largest, private, non-affiliated tertiary institution in Jamaica and the Caribbean has received international institutional accreditation status from the United Kingdom-based Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC).

ASIC is an independent body specialising in the accreditation of schools, colleges, universities, training organisations and online and distance education providers in the United Kingdom and overseas. It is approved by the United Kingdom Government as an accreditation agency, and is a member of the British Quality Foundation as well as the CHEA International Quality Group in the United States.

"I am pleased to inform you that it was recommended that the University College of the Caribbean be institutionally accredited," Professor John Wilson, head of accreditation at ASIC, advised in a recent letter. He noted that UCC "has many areas of strength and good practice and, in particular, has been awarded commendable grades overall and thus, designated as an ASIC Premier Institution."

This decision follows a visit by an ASIC accreditation review team to Jamaica last October to assess UCC and its partner institution, the Caribbean School of Medical Sciences of Jamaica.

Professor Bernadette Warner, VP for Academic Affairs and Internationalisation at UCC, in welcoming the attainment of ASIC accreditation, said it confirms that the institution meets high standards of education, welfare and good practice.

"This accreditation will reassure our students and stakeholders that UCC is a good choice, and that they will be provided with professional teaching, valuable qualifications and a positive learning experience," Professor Warner stated.

Professor Dennis J Gayle, executive chancellor and interim president at UCC, said the international institutional accreditation status provided by ASIC "represented a well-earned accolade to the continuing quality assurance efforts of the UCC community". He added that formal institutional accreditation processes were inherently valuable because of the need for systematic and documented institutional self-assessment.

The UCC, which was previously registered and recognised as a "tertiary institution" by the University Council of Jamaica, the local accreditation body, was also recently registered and recognised by that body as a "university college", the first private institution in Jamaica and the Caribbean to have formally achieved such a status.

UCC was established in January 2004 from an amalgamation of the Institute of Management Sciences and the Institute of Management and Production.

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