According to Dr. Leighton Naraine, CFBC’s Director of Programme Development, a draft report was completed out of the self-study data, and various stakeholders and partners will use it for further discussion and analysis. He said the report, when completed, will be submitted to the St. Kitts and Nevis Accreditation Board for review.
“While we prepare to do that, we want to position ourselves to go through a peer review by a wider audience, colleges and universities outside of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Naraine informed, adding, “We are looking also at preparing ourselves with the view of being able to present the draft to our institutional partners overseas, as we look at where we want to take this college.”
He explained that becoming accredited does not necessarily mean everything is being done up to standard. “It says this is what we are doing now. These are the things we will continue to do, and these are the things we will add, so that we can become the college that we want to be,” Naraine said.
CFBC is looking at standards in various categories of the College’s operations. “These standards are generally set by accreditation boards. Once we submit a report, we come in for review and validation of what we say we are doing,” he said.
In the context of acquiring accreditation, Naraine noted that the institution’s mission, goals and programmes must be “relevant, for example, to national development. There are also governance and administration, the structure and functions, responsibilities, finance and operations that form part of the review process.
Also to be reviewed are the core activities of teaching and learning, as the institution’s capacity and capability of faculty and staff are examined in terms of ability to deliver. Naraine explained that CFBC ability to respond or anticipate the need for change was also important.
He noted, “We are always going to be in a change mode, although there will be times there will be more rapid changes than at other times. When we have as one of our long-term goals to achieve university status, there are a lot of changes that will be taking place.”
Naraine emphasized that CFBC wants to give students the opportunity to access programmes and employment not only nationally but internationally as well. It is about giving them more mobility, and that is why we have to look at change also in the context of what is happening in education throughout the world.
The assessment of student learning, the use of technology, distance learning, student support services, the management of risks, resource management and planning, as well as health, safety and security, are all aspects of the institution that are relevant to the future development of the college, Naraine said.
He said various focus groups reviewed the draft report and several recommendations coming out of that process have been included. “We want to take it a step further and meet with industry representatives, so we can get input geared toward national development, even though we had that in mind when we were doing it, but we need to have a consultation,” Dr. Naraine stated.
The referred consultation has been organized by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, and will be held August 25. On getting the input of industry and business, Naraine said, “We expect to get good dialogue. They are stakeholders, partners. We want to get their input, then further revise the draft report before we submit the final to the accreditation board.”
Dr. Naraine opined that the entire process will help drive the development of the next five-year strategic plan for CFBC.