SALCC to transition to university college

SALCC to transition to university college

Lecturers from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) were given an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the school’s transition from a community college into a university college.

Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert met recently with the board of the SALCC and lecturers to facilitate dialogue on the subject.

“We want to establish seamless interaction, that the information sharing does not encounter any blocks or hurdles; that we are all in the know; we are on the same page and that we understand the shared vision and are equally committed to fulfilling the mandate before us,” she said.

Principal of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Olivia Saunders, spoke on the progress of the transition.

“We have already made some infrastructural changes as regards to organizational infrastructure. We have a number of committees who are working towards putting policies, processes in place, making proposals even in regards to the new legislation that will govern the university college. We have committees in place that will be putting forth a strategic plan for the university college for 2017 to 2022 and they all be reporting in April/May.”

President of the Saint Lucia Teachers Union, Julian Monrose, who also participated in the meeting, expressed his organization’s support towards the transition process.

“That is the kind of thing we want to encourage where there is dialogue with the faculty, the board, the management and the Ministry of Education, because all of us are involved in the business of education and we have a responsibility to ensure that the quality of education provided at all levels is at the highest.”

It is expected that the Minister for Education in the coming weeks will engage the staff of the SALCC in a follow-up meeting on the transformation of the tertiary institution.

10 Comments

  1. Dean
    February 7, 2017 at 8:34 am Reply

    Been hearing this for the longest while now. I’m waiting to see the results.

  2. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 8:50 am Reply

    What is the difference between a community college and a university college?

    1. Anonymous
      February 7, 2017 at 9:47 am Reply

      Google it!

    2. Anonymous
      February 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply

      State universities typically offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. A community college typically offers two years of college classes. It offers courses you can use for general education requirements. You can then transfer to a four-year university to finish your bachelor’s degree.

  3. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 10:45 pm Reply

    The Minister for Education should NOT be central to the transition of the College into a University. Instead, a transition team should be charged with such a responsibility, and the Minister should be regularly informed of progress. The transition team should be charged with all of the technical issues that are necessary to reach the desired goal. Such issues will include curriculum harmonisation and development, articulation matters, credit transfers, recognition of certification and registrar ill matters, among others.

  4. Anonymous
    February 7, 2017 at 10:50 pm Reply

    The Minister for Education should NOT be central to the transition of the College into a University. Instead, a transition team should be charged with such a responsibility, and the Minister should be regularly informed of progress. The transition team should be charged with all of the technical issues that are necessary to reach the desired goal. Such issues will include curriculum harmonisation and development, articulation matters, credit transfers, recognition of certification and registrarial matters, among others.

  5. St Lucia
    February 8, 2017 at 5:41 am Reply

    It’s about time we get our UWI degrees right here without having to travel to Trinidad, Barbados or Bahamas. I hope this is what is going to happen once this is done. I completely support this.

  6. Anonymous
    February 8, 2017 at 7:55 am Reply

    Well, it may not necessarily be a UWI degree. It may be a degree from the University of St. Lucia or, if the decision is to become a degree-granting institution in association with a foreign University, like the University of London, for example, then you will receive a degree from that institution. Anyway, we are already receiving UWI degrees without having to travel to the places you mentioned. These degrees are in the fields of Education and the Social Sciences. Perhaps we can simply now add degrees in Arts, like the Bachelor of Arts degree, for instance.

  7. Life
    February 11, 2017 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Thats a great concept.
    I presume there will be an increase in tuition fees as well staff salaries.

  8. Anonymous
    February 12, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

    not sure whats the point. that entire facility has to move from where it is. how exactly do they plan to expand where they are. the entire place needs to move where there is land space. and that is the south. then special buses has to be provided to depart at certain times to move students between the places if lets say a level is kept there for just a few years. and minister of education cant be at the helm of that. leave that to technical people who report.

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