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Weekly NAB/AU Update: 15 – 07 - 2019

Reprographic Unit staffer Mr. Raymond Williams wins World Accreditation Day Quiz


Mr. Williams receives cheque from Senior Education Officer Descima Hamilton. From right to left: Evaluators with the NAB, Mrs. Frances Williams, Lt. Ralphie Raguette,  staff members Ms. Kemol Davis, Ms. Niasha Stapleton, Mr. Kala Henry and Ms. Samantha William witnessed the presentation. 


The series of activities intended to observe World Accreditation Day 2019 came to an end on Friday 5th July at the Accreditation Unit.  The end of these activities was marked with the presentation of a cheque to Mr. Kendol Williams of the Reprographic Unit in the Ministry of Education. Mr. Williams received a cheque for S100.00 for correctly answering relating to the services of the National Accreditation Board and the Accreditation Unit.

Over 150 persons in the Ministry of Education were given the opportunity to both learn about the services offered by the National Accreditation Board and the Accreditation Unit and to participate in a quiz.

The period of activity began on May 30th when secondary school students were given the opportunity to become informed about the prevalence of Diploma Mills and how to avoid becoming entrapped by these Diploma Mills.

Three business places were supportive in the observation of World Accreditation Day this year and provided the public with informational flyers on the services of the National Accreditation Board. The business places which supported the observation of World Accreditation Day activities are the Teachers Credit Union, the Central Water and Sewage Authority as well Vinlec.

A special invitation is extended to all persons to attend a presentation on study opportunities which are available with the Edinburgh Napier University. The presentation takes place on Wednesday 17th July 2019 at the Methodist Church Hall from 2:00 pm and is expected to last for approximately one hour. The presentation will be managed by Mr. Andrew Cawley the Chief Executive Officer.


Margo Lady Ann Hewitt, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Barbados Accreditation Council presents Professor Julie Meeks Gardner, Acting Principal of The UWI Open Campus with the Certificate of Institutional Accreditation. Professor Alan Cobley, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Board for Undergraduate Studies is at left, and Valda Alleyne, Executive Director of the Barbados Accreditation Council is at right.


The leadership and staff of The University of the West Indies Open Campus were in a celebratory mood on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 4, when it was announced that the Campus has been reaccredited for seven years, the maximum period achievable.

The announcement was made by Chairman of the Board of Directors, Barbados Accreditation Council (BAC), Margo Lady Ann Hewitt at a ceremony hosted at the Open Campus Headquarters in Barbados.

The accreditation team was very complimentary of the Open Campus Self-Evaluation Report, describing it as “reflective and analytical and addressing the various challenges faced by the Open Campus.”

“The accreditation criteria and its standards are clearly met,” the accreditation team declared in its report.

“In the view of the team, the Open Campus is poised to take advantage of the opportunities presented by Global Online Strategy, its ambassadorial role in the non-physical campus countries and the growth of continuing professional education,” the report stated.

The team commended the Open Campus for several positives including: “the honesty of the self-evaluation and the use of the exercise to identify opportunities for improvement; improvements in administrative system and the commensurate reduction in students’ complaints, following the introduction of the Banner Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system; and the commitment of all staff at all levels to serve the under-served in the region.”

According to the accreditation report, the Open Campus has made significant improvements in the performance of its administrative systems, and also enjoys “strong support from its alumni, who value the opportunities that it provides, and who consider that the university lives it student-centred values.”

Acting Principal, Professor Julie Meeks Gardner accepted the instrument of accreditation on behalf of the Open Campus and attributed the accomplishment to the staff. “This Certificate of Institutional Re-Accreditation which I have just accepted on your behalf, granted for seven years, the maximum time achievable, is testimony to your commitment, dedication and in so many cases to your efforts beyond the call of duty to ensure the success of our beloved Campus,” Professor Meeks Gardiner explained.

The Acting Principal said the re-accreditation exercise provided the Open Campus with an excellent opportunity to critically evaluate its operations and processes, and to identify recommendations and future actions that will ensure that the Campus continues to provide first-class service, and a world-class education to its students.

The re-accreditation period runs from June 18, 2019 to June 17, 2026 and the Campus will undergo a mid-cycle review in another three years.




St. Vincent and the Grenadines was represent at a quality assurance workshop in Grenada from Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th June 2019. Senior Education Officer in the Accreditation Unit Mrs. Descima Hamilton and External Evaluator from the Public Sector Reform Unit, Ms. Andrea Hazell were the two quality assurance officers who attended the workshop. It was organized by the Grenada National Accreditation Board (GNAB).

Senior Education Officer Descima Hamilton, made made a presentation on the quality assurance services offered in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The workshop was held   under the theme “Strengthening and Sustaining Structures and Processes for Administration of Quality Assurance in Post – Secondary Institutions in Grenada”.  

The improved delivery of the services of the National Accreditation Board is one of the benefits which has been derived from the participation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the workshop.

In addition to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Antigua & Barbuda were invited to participate. Trinidadian Dr. Michael Bradshaw facilitated the training.


In photo left to right Andrea Hazel, Descima Hamilton and Dr. Michael Bradshaw.


Dear Academic Colleagues / friends,


Please be advised that in recognition of World Accreditation Day on 9th June the NAB/AU have begun a series of public outreach. 

  1. A promotional banner has been hung in front of the Medix Pharmacy. Would be up until the end of carnival


  1. A successful schools’ discussion was held on Thursday 30th May at the Methodist Church Hall. Nigel Scott and Mr. Marcus Caine provided the tokens of encouragement for the students. World Accreditation day pens were also given to the students. All students were given a copy of the inspirational book written by Dr. Jules Ferdinand “The Journey Destine for Great Success”.


  1. Leaflets containing information offered by the NAB/AU would be distributed from three of the leading business outlets in June/July


Thursday 30th May, 2019



A rising star from the St. Martins Secondary School makes his contribution. Teacher Mr. James from that school assists the NAB/AU with the energetic youngsters   




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