NCU achieves institutional accreditation status from UCJ

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Dr Lincoln Edwards has announced the attainment of institutional accreditation status from the University Council of Jamaica effective February 17, 2018 for a period of seven years.

The NCU president made the announcement today during a press conference at the university's main campus in Mandeville.

He said that the major significance of gaining institutional accreditation status is that NCU now has the authority, ability and capacity to develop and offer degree programmes without the need for approval from the University Council of Jamaica.

Edwards pointed out that NCU is the second tertiary education institution operating in Jamaica that enjoys institutional accreditation status.

He noted that the general benefits of accreditation include:

  • Affirmation by the Government, regional/national accreditation agencies, or professional organisations enhances marketability and makes graduates more employable.
  • Credits earned are transferable to other schools.
  • Students who earn a degree from an accredited institution find it easier to gain acceptance for advanced studies at other schools and qualify for exams that license them for the practice of various professions.
  • Accreditation provides public assurance that new graduates have acquired the necessary knowledge, competence and skills to enter the profession for which they have studied.
  • Through the accreditation process, the institution demonstrates how it aligns its efforts and resources to deliver on its value proposition.
  • The process promotes transparency and demonstrates accountability to the stakeholders.
  • The accreditation process is cyclical and seeks to foster continuous quality improvement.

Edwards expressed appreciation to the representatives of the University Council of Jamaica and, by extension, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information for their support and guidance of the university in achieving the high standards required to gain institutional accreditation status.

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