Presentation on theme: "THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS ANNUAL REVIEW Strategic Plan Implementation August 17-19,2009."— Presentation transcript:
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS ANNUAL REVIEW Strategic Plan Implementation August 17-19,2009 The Open Campus Perspective ( Principal, Open Campus)
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Focus of the presentation Status – Strategic Aim 4 – Establish and Operationalise the Open Campus – August 1, 2008 – July 31 – Harmonisation, integration and rationalisation across campuses and within OC. Progress and Challenges in specific areas Outlook and projections
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Implementation – in many ways still a transition year but with progress made in several areas. Much attention paid to carving a space for OC in architecture of UWI. convincing others of the right of OC to occupy that space sharing information about the benefits to UWI from a collaboration between campuses. AN UPHILL CLIMB
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Open Campus support structure 4 Productive partnerships with governments & others UWI Centre Support Support from & collaboration with campuses
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Support in Establishment year OC dependent on support from several entities: -Registries and HR Departments in physical campuses -Bursaries of physical campuses -Centre Registry and Financial offices. -Campus Libraries. -For which we say
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Executing Mission & Vision Internal (OC) Challenges Streamlining a burgeoning staff cohort; ensuring that individuals with the technical competence and skills are hired & others are trained to deliver required services. Developing an identity and service- oriented culture – Effecting the desired culture change has not been possible in one year.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Arrangements - Centre Strategic activitiesExistingOutcomes Creation of policies for OC establishment e.g. DE/Online Policy UWI-wide monitoring committee introduced Follow-through actions are needed to ensure information sharing and compliance across UWI Forum for interaction between OC and other UWI entities Periodic engagements with direct Centre involvement - too few Interventions in several respects were reactive rather than proactive Misperceptions of UWI Mission and modus operandi. OC need for innovative business models for operational success Established UWI financial model in use Some financial instability Resistance of governments to meet financial commitments to OC. Perpetuating over-reliance on governmental support & increased indebtedness to campuses.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Arrangements - Campuses Strategic activitiesExistingOutcomes Collaboration for course design and delivery. Formal arrangements to guide collaboration. Dynamic costing and income- sharing model developed. Older modus operandi in effect in some instances. Negotiation and MOAs to be produced (agreements in progress with Social Sciences, Engineering, Nursing and Education) Several overtures from OC to Faculties and vice versa. Tardy responses to students – late grades and results still the norm in several instances Tardiness in the provision of information required to effect business arrangements. Delays in producing MOAs. Campus Principals to agree on MOAs. More exposure to costing model required and arrangements to be pursued with individual Faculties. Resource sharing-Expertise for course development – 1 st offer to UWI faculty -Expertise for course delivery - Selection of personnel by Faculty -Training provided by OC. Some very positive outcomes at present (OC offering slate of online staff development courses to campuses free of cost. Workshops with cross campus representation organised by UWI Open and establishing avenues for collaboration.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Arrangements – Campuses - Jurisdiction Other Matters: Jurisdiction – remains an issue in an economic climate in which governments have cut subventions in most cases and campuses are concerned about their sustainability in the future. Some issues that merit further discussion: how our actions affect the Strategic Aim dealing with regionality of UWI the specific mandate set for the Open Campus and how OC will navigate given recent proposals and changes with respect to how UWI expands its services the importance of having a unified UWI response to the challenges of providing access to higher education in our communities implications for achieving a better balance between undergraduate and postgraduate enrolments
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Partnership challenges- Governments Ongoing consultations with governments to promote OC operations. Some promising results for OC development. Governments promoting national universities but in some ways ambivalent about UWI involvement in process – some overtures through OC for UWI involvement in this process. Competitive challenges emerging from Governments allowing foreign institutions & & providing incentives for same
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Partnerships with other institutions Promoted partnerships with colleges through articulation agreements including arrangements for 4 year degrees Promoted partnerships with reputed international institutions for provision of goods and services.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Specific initiatives Developed processes for inter/intra institutional relationships: (a)Reviewed franchise management of UWI Programmes (b)Prepared new proposal for enhancing the human resource & institutional capacity of TLI sector in the region (c)Continued discussions with regional colleges (d)Initiated discussions with international institutions (e)Partnership with the CARICOM-Canadian Virtual University (CVU) Scholarship programme for Caribbean nationals (a consortium of 10 universities: Athabasca; Laurentian; Memorial of Newfoundland; Nippissing; Royal Military College of Canada; Thompson Rivers; Univ. Of Manitoba; Univ of New Brunswick; TELUO Université a Distance Quebec at Montreal )
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Specific Initiatives (cont’d) Introduced mandatory staff development courses online for all e-tutors & coordinators All other staff encouraged to take courses Full slate of courses made available to all staff across the University.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Specific initiatives (cont’d) Campus librarian working on integrating OC libraries OC building special collections working to preserve cultural heritage in the OECS. ( The Roderick Walcott collection; Pat Ismond collection- St. Lucia site; Files of Alistair Hughes’s Newsletter – Grenada site ). This work will continue and each site will be made uniquely important for its specialised collections.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Specific initiatives – External Projects ACP Consortium Consortiuum developed in 2007 to include former UWIDEC & European Profiles plus various organisations in Europe, Kenya, Mauritius, Swaziland, Tanzania, Fiji and Papua New Guinea; Each tender application comprises 2 or 3 partners; 3 of the Caribbean tenders in which we have been involved have been shortlisted.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Specific initiatives - External Funded Projects 16 OAS Democracy in the classroom; Professional Development programs. UNESCO CARIMAC Programs; E-Governance. COL Various initiatives, including special deliveries of Managing & Facilitating Online Learning (MFOI) course.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Specific initiatives - EDULINK Currently one EDULINK Project in partnership with the University of Mauritius, the University of South Pacific, the University of the Highlands and Islands Millennium Institute (UHI) Scotland, and the Open University UK (lead partner). Topic of the Project is the use of open educational resources in course development. Our major commitment is to create a Research Network for ACP countries on open educational resources. And also during November 16-20th we are running a workshop for the partners in Jamaica.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Assessment of Open Campus Coverage by Country - All programmes (Online and Continuing Education) CountryPopulationOC student EnrolmentOC CoverageRank Anguilla14, :1284 Antigua & Barbuda84, :1728 Bahamas305, :3,05715 Barbados282, :25910 Belize301, :97213 British Virgin Islands24,000901:26711 Cayman Islands47,900201:2,39514 Dominica73, :1345 Grenada90, :1536 Jamaica2,804, :58212 Montserrat9, :952 St. Kitts & Nevis40, :1153 St. Lucia158, :1769 St. Vincent & the Grenadines121, :1707 Trinidad & Tobago1,047,40013,4901:781 TOTAL 5,404,30023,720 1: * UWI OC Enrollment/population
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Financing the Open Campus Enterprise (1) One of the most – if not the most – significant challenge for OC goal is to establish a viable, sustainable and successful Open Campus. Develop a business model and function as a successful and efficient business enterprise. Decrease dependence on government contributions and increase income generation.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Desirable balance between Govt. Contributions & Fee Income
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS The Challenge of creating a good fit! I want to enhance our sites and technolog ical infrastructure Can you do it with $2 dollars? That’s all the governments will give We can do it if we rely less on them and introduce a different model. We need another approach. They’re used to our way of doing things. It’s tried and true. Why not stick with it?
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Financing the Open Campus Enterprise (2) OC implemented with difficultly due to cash constraints. The OC operated at about 75% of budget in most areas in 08/09. At present OC is costing inefficiencies in its operations with a view to reducing these in the future. Urgent need to reconsider (1) supposition that reliance on government funding is likely to decline in the short-term; (2) the way that funding is provided.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Leadership and Managerial Keeping informed of progress on aims indicated in the strategic plan through a strategic planning monitoring committee. Divisional &Departmental group meetings on a regular basis to discuss progress and issues – existence of “steering committees” in some cases to focus discussion, responses to problems and to propose solutions. A campus management committee which meets regularly to address issues. Business planning workshop to review OC systems, identify inefficiencies in operation, determine actual cost of operating (every Division and segment) and measuring that against initiatives for income generation to inform our business development and our pricing strategies.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Financial strategies Critical strategies to address financial problem: (i)develop an alternate methodology for soliciting government contributions given the business model OC needs for OC operation; (ii)seek external funding for major capital works and technological upgrades at all locations. (iia) in the very short term – negotiate a line of credit to meet shortfall from governments. (iii)accelerate production of unique slate of courses to attract more students and increase fee income.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Key strategic objectives Continue to develop slate of programmes in response to demand in the region. Significant thrust in development of new programmes in areas not hitherto undertaken by UWI. Improve service at Learning Centres on campuses in all areas to facilitate better collaboration for delivery and better communication across all jurisdictions. Develop writing laboratory online with slate of courses at all levels to enable academic writing – primarily. (with assistance of Fulbright Fellow attached to OC in 2009) Continue to use the costing model to negotiate terms with Faculties and Departments on the campuses.
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Key strategic objectives for 2010 and beyond Complete current grant proposal cycle and implement planned developments: -Improve technological enhancement of Open Learning Centres on physical campuses and other sites -Integrate Open Campus Libraries and provide online access to resources – in collaboration with established libraries -Increase community based cultural activities in countries served by OC. -Improve learning and teaching environment throughout OC. -Improve systems that will result in a high level of student satisfaction with their learning experie nce. -solicit donations, grants and bequests (fortunate have received one bequest of £64, for developments at the Antigua site (Donor: Dr. Carleen O’Loughlin)
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES OPEN CAMPUS Oriens Ex Occidente Lux “A Light rising from the West”