University of The Bahamas expected by 2015
ROYSTON JONES JR.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Aug 14, 2012
The College of The Bahamas has aimed to transition to the long dreamed about University of The Bahamas by 2015, according to a statement released by the institution yesterday.
In order to achieve that goal, the College Council has approved the establishment of The University Transition Secretariat to “envision the character and design the roadmap to The University of The Bahamas”.
The secretariat was established on July 11.
All five secretariat members were selected from the college’s faculty and staff.
COB Professor of Economics Olivia Saunders will lead the team; Dr. Joan Vanderpool will serve as the higher education and development policy specialist; interim council secretary Antoinette Seymour is the archivist; Sandra Dean-Smith is the administrative assistant and associate professor Rubie Nottage is the legal advisor.
The secretariat has been mandated to establish terms of reference, which will “assure that the voices of administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni and external stakeholders of the college receive full consideration in the conceptualization of the character of The University of The Bahamas, and in the identification of steps to be taken towards its realization”.
The council said the envisioning of the university will include mapping numerous vital areas, including the values, attitude towards learning, and skills of the graduating student.
Mapping the profiles of matriculating students and the ideals of the university’s programs for developing those students, are also among the secretariat’s priorities.
The secretariat is also charged with figuring out the locations and physical characteristics of campuses to support the university’s programs.
It will also look into an endowment trust for the university; minimum student tuition and fees and substantiality; foreign exchange programs; development needs of The Bahamas; human talent and skills, and physical resources needs and other features of the university character and requirements.
The secretariat is also expected to draft a roadmap for the transition to university status taking into account the strategic plan for 2009-2019, and the work of previous consultative committees and task forces.
“The secretariat shall consult with internal and external stakeholders, and review best practices of regional and international tertiary institutions,” said COB.
It will also be required to document the process in coordinating and envisioning the character of and the roadmap to university status.
The secretariat must also submit written quarterly progress reports to the College Council culminating in recommendations for implementation to the council within 12 months.
It will also be required to deposit an organized archive of its work in the Harry C. Moore Library at COB within 16 months.