Staff who attended the Forum at the Laucala Campus yesterday.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) held its first Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Forum for the year at the Japan-Pacific ICT Multipurpose Theatre on 14 March, 2018.
The forum was run by Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation & International since Professor Rajesh Chandra, USP Vice-Chancellor and President was unable to attend due to an urgent personal matter.
Professor Armstrong welcomed staff and highlighted that the Forum was an avenue where staff are encouraged to raise any issues or concerns they may be facing in their various areas of work.
Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation & International.
Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Student Services (LTSS) gave staff a run-through of what the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Accreditation is about.
Staff were shown a brief video about it and informed that the Universityis seeking WSCUC accreditation to provide confidence to its stakeholders about the quality of the University’s operations and not just programmes.
WSCUC is a regional accrediting agency, established for the purposes of accrediting senior colleges and universities throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific and a limited number of international institutions.
USP had applied for Eligibility from WSCUC, who reviewed the application and determined that the University is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy and Initial Accreditation.
At the completion of the Mock Seeking Accreditation Visit (SAV) in November 2017, team members highlighted areas under each of the 39 Criteria for Review (CFR) in which the University was doing well and provided recommendations for areas that needed improvement.
The recommendations were also incorporated into the Institutional Report that was submitted to WSCUC on 26 January, 2018.
The Seeking Accreditation Visit 1 (SAV1) will be held from 11 - 13 April, 2018.
Other issues raised by University staff at the Forum included the:
Renewal of contracts;
Commendation of five-year contracts for academic staff;
Clarification on whistle-blower policy;
Validity of work permits;
Staff reviews and subsequent appeals;
Salary structure; and
Need for increased security on-campus.
The Staff Forum is usually held twice a year.
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