The National Accreditation Board and the Accreditation Unit take this opportunity to publicly express gratitude to Marla Nanton-James at the end of 2019. Since 2013 Mrs. Nanton-James has been the genuine pillar of the media arm of the quality assurance efforts in post-secondary education in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Without her fervent support behind the scenescape of our service, the National Accreditation Board and the Accreditation Unit could not have achieved so much.
Mrs. Nanton-James, on behalf of the National Accreditation Board and the Accreditation Unit and in my capacity as Senior Education Officer with responsibility for the Accreditation Unit, I Descima Hamilton salute your service!!!
Remember that some tunnels are longer and darker than others, but there is a bright light at the end of each.
The National Accreditation Board (NAB)/ Accreditation Unit (AU) have been unofficially advised that applications for the Support for Education and Training (SET) Programme are being received. The NAB/AU have observed that there has been a steady increase in the number of persons seeking to use the services of the National Accreditation Board last week (18 - 22 November).
This week’s update serves as a reminder to all, to ensure that you and your significant others avoid the problems that could be associated with the verification of credentials at the last minute. Please note that in an effort to expedite the verification process clients can use the verification forms which are found on the NAB’s website - nabsvg.gov.vc.
The National Accreditation Board (NAB) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be host to the “17th Annual CANQATE Conference” scheduled to be held late October 2020. CANQATE is the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education. This body was established in 2004 as a sub-network of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
This will be the first time the NAB will be hosting this august gathering. Therefore, in an effort to ensure the seamless preparation of one aspect of the Conference, the staff of the Information Technology Services Department (ITSD) met with the Accreditation Unit (AU) on Friday 29th November 2019.
Officers from both departments, AU and ITSD with support from the National Qualification Department (NQD), SEO/Eslyn Thomas, concluded the hour long meeting with a commitment to ensuring that all the necessary resources at their disposal will be employed to promoting the virtues to be derived from attending the conference.
Left to right Mrs. K. Ollivierre - Balah, Ms. H. Cain, SEO/ E. Thomas, Ms. P. Alexander, SEO/ D. Hamilton in the foreground
The National Accreditation Board / Accreditation Unit had a very busy quality assuring week during the period Monday 11th – Friday 15th November 2019. There were signs of increase demands for the verification of the credentials process, participating in a Career Fair and a planned site visit at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College all colluded to ensure a fully focused Accreditation Unit work team.
The Unit has been unofficially advised that the call for the submission of applications for the selection to the internship of the Support and Educational Training (SET) programme has been made. The Unit has observed a steady increase in the number of persons seeking to use the verification process. The team at the Accreditation unit has begun the necessary preparations to respond to the increase demand.
Thursday 14th November was particularly busy for the NAB/AU. The NAB / AU participated in a School Career Fair organised by the Management of the Dr. J. P. Eustace Memorial Secondary School. The two officers representing the NAB / AU were Ms. Niasha Stapleton and Mr. Kala Henry. The officers had the opportunity to disseminate literature to the students, members of staff as well as to persons who were hosting other booths. The literature covered
Left to right Ms. Nisha Stapleton, Mr. Kala Henry
areas such as diploma mills, accreditation mills as well as Facts about Fraud – with respect to credentials.
On Thursday as well, a team of Evaluators under the auspices of the NAB visited the SVGCC for a scheduled site visit. The Evaluators were able to conduct five interviews. The report on the visit will be submitted to the management of the SVGCC.
Evaluators serving with the National Accreditation Board – left to right, Mr. Endall Johnson, Mrs. Desiree Richards (an observer), Dr. Idelia Ferdinand and Mr. Bertillon Hamilton
Deputy Dean and Dean of the Division of Arts Science and General Studies (DASGS) Mr. Dwight De Freitas and Mr. Maxwell Fergus takes questions from the Evaluators (left to right back).