The Road to Accreditation of Dominica’s Tertiary Institutions
President of The Dominica State College (DSC), Dr. Donald Peters, who recently attended the 16th conference and annual general meeting of The Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI) which was held from November 17th-19th, 2010 in The British Virgin Islands, is describing his trip as a major success. The current focus of ACTI is to work with the CARICOM Secretariat in order to establish and implement a Regional mechanism for accreditation of programmes at the tertiary level as mandated by the heads of CARICOM governments, as this is considered to be one of the important tools to facilitate the free movement of people, skills and services including trade in the CARICOM region. The theme for the conference was ‘Developing the Whole Person for a Productive and Prosperous Caribbean Region’. Each representative from the various Tertiary Institutions from the various CARICOM Nations gave their individual presentations at the conference.
Dr. Donald peters said that although he plans on incorporating topics discussed at the conference into the development of the DSC, molding ‘The Whole Person’ will require a collective effort from the faculty, administration and students.
Future plans for the DSC include new programmes to be offered in September, 2011. Dr. Peters is also looking to develop the programmes to meet the needs of the Country and Caribbean Region on a whole.