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USP Close to Achieving US Uni Accreditation

The University of the South Pacific is in the final stages of assessments by a region­al American accrediting agency which would allow it to become an accredited university in the
31 May 2016 10:30
USP Close to Achieving US Uni Accreditation
USP

The University of the South Pacific is in the final stages of assessments by a region­al American accrediting agency which would allow it to become an accredited university in the United States of America.

This was revealed by USP vice-chancellor and president Professor Rajesh Chandra during the launch of the Pacific’s Technical and Fur­ther Education’s (TAFE) Workforce Development Training Unit at Fos­ter Court in Walu Bay, last week.

He said the accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) would give every USP graduate a qualification that every institution in the US would accept.

“It will give students a degree so when they go and apply for post graduate or higher qualifications they will all accept the USP qualifi­cation as the same level and quality as an American qualification,” he said.

“It will help the University’s em­ployability of graduates because they can go to the US and seek em­ployment. And the employers will see that the degree is accredited by the same body that accredits Ameri­can degrees.”

Commitment

Professor Chandra said USP was willing and fully committed to go through with the accreditation.

“What accreditation does essen­tially is improve the quality, wheth­er it is the documentation about our criteria or admission or how we do our learning and teaching. It will involve demonstrating to everybody that we have a process for consider­ing and scrutinising proposals,” he said.

Professor Chandra said they were in the final stages of assessments by the regional accrediting agency- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

“There are 39 standards that we have to observe which is satisfac­tory to the accrediting body. So it’s actually a very big undertaking, but the payoffs are very significant,” he said.

The WASC Senior College and University Commission is a re­gional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education in­stitutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions out­side the US.

This new development will add to the international accreditations that USP has outside of Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Guam with its bachelor’s and other awards programmes.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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