UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Mrs Althea Heron, Executive Director, the UCJ

UCJ 30th Anniversary – Message from Mrs Althea Heron, Executive Director, the UCJ

The UCJ’s focus these past 30 years has always been on using its developmental role to assist institutions in developing a culture of quality. The UCJ has delivered on its mandate to increase the availability of tertiary level training in Jamaica with the number of registered institutions now standing at 42 and with 339 programmes being accredited.  The UCJ has benefited tremendously from the professional expertise and wisdom of Council Members, Staff, Assessors, and key stakeholders and will continue…


The UCJ celebrates its 30th anniversary in October!

The UCJ celebrates its 30th anniversary in October!

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), the National External Quality Assurance Agency, will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in October 2017. The activities for the month include: The 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service – Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Boulevard Baptist Church starting at 9:00am. The Dr Dennis Irvine Lecture – Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Grand Caribbean Suite, 16 Chelsea Avenue, starting at 5:30 pm. The…


UCJ supports Yello Media’s Education Expo at Devon House

UCJ supports Yello Media’s Education Expo at Devon House

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) took part in Yello Media’s Education Expo on the grounds of Devon House in Kingston on Sunday, September 16, 2017. Dr Dawn Barrett Adams, Accreditation Officer, the UCJ, delivered a presentation on the Accreditation process and provided general information and advice about the UCJ’s services including academic credential assessment and the development of academic standards. Director of Communications and Public Education, Mr Richard Rose,…


Are you considering higher education?

Are you considering higher education?

Earning a higher-education qualification is a significant achievement and an important investment in your future. As with all long-term investments, prospective students should take the time to investigate the details before selecting an institution and enrolling in a programme of study. What if the programme is not accredited? A programme that is not accredited is not necessarily a programme that is inferior or without educational value. Some programmes, for  example, are new, and have not yet had a graduating cohort. They are, therefore, not ready to…


The UCJ participates in the UWI School of Education Breakfast Meeting

The UCJ participates in the UWI School of Education Breakfast Meeting

Mrs Althea Heron, Executive Director, the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) and Dr Angela Penny, Director, Research and Development, represented the UCJ at the University of the West Indies (UWI) School of Education Breakfast Meeting held on May 19, 2017 at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge and Conference Centre in Kingston.  During the meeting, Mrs Althea Heron, Executive Director, the UCJ made a presentation on the UCJ’s Bachelor of Education Standards.…


The UCJ supports the Meadowbrook High School Career Expo

The UCJ supports the Meadowbrook High School Career Expo

The University Council of Jamaica’s (UCJ) Communications team hosted a booth at the  Meadowbrook High School Career Expo held on Thursday, April 26, 2017. The expo, themed “Thinking out of the box, new territories”, sought to provide opportunities for students (grades 7-10), and parents to gain knowledge on career related issues. Visitors to the UCJ booth were provided with information on the role of the UCJ and its services. Feedback…


The UCJ supports the Excelsior Community College Quality Day

The UCJ supports the Excelsior Community College Quality Day

The University Council of Jamaica’s (UCJ) Communications team participated in the Excelsior Community College Quality Day held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. During the event, Mrs Lisa Henlin, Accreditation Officer brought greetings on behalf of the UCJ. Visitors to the UCJ booth were provided with information on the role of the UCJ and its services. Feedback was also received on the UCJ’s redesigned website from students and other participants at…


The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) hosts 12th Annual Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) hosts 12th Annual Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) celebrated its 12th Annual Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week under the theme, Enhancing and Sustaining a Quality Culture: Preparing for Institutional Accreditation from March 6-10, 2017. The week of activities commenced with training for UCJ Assessors and Accreditation Officers, led by Dr Carol Lynn Anderson, Vice President, The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Burlington,…


The UCJ participates in the INQAAHE Conference, 2017

The UCJ participates in the INQAAHE Conference, 2017

Dr Dawn Barrett Adams, Accreditation Officer, represented the UCJ at the 2017 International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) Conference in Dubai, Bahrain from February 27- March 2, 2017. The conference, held under the theme “Between Collaboration & Competition: The Promises & Challenges for Quality Assurance in Higher Education” was hosted by the Education & Training Quality Authority, Bahrain (BQA). INQAAHE 2017 commenced with two pre-conference workshops…


Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week 2017 messages from key stakeholders

Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week 2017 messages from key stakeholders

The following are messages of support that were published in the UCJ’s 12th Annual Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education Week supplement: Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI), Reverend Ronald Thwaites, Opposition Spokesperson on Education, Dr Carolyn Hayle, Chairman, the University Council of Jamaica, Ms Katherine Grigsby, Director and Representative, UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Dr Susanna Karakhanyan, The International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies…