The top two first-year FALE students with their awards (middle with folders) with family and friends. On the far right is Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (LTSS) and far left, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean FALE.
Two students received the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) Dean’s Award for the 2017 Most Outstanding First Year Student Award at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus on 12 March, 2018.
The award is for students who have performed exceptionally well during their first year of study at USP. They were:
• Ms Sheenal Shalini Chand (Fiji) who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science and Graduate Certificate in Education majoring in Mathematics and Physics with a GPA of 4.31; and
• Ms Macintameletiura Tuaimua (Samoa) who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology and Psychology with a GPA of 4.25.
Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean FALE congratulated the students for their achievements including their lecturers and respective Heads of School for assisting them reach their goals.
The annual award is an important one for the Faculty to acknowledge the hard work and perseverance students went through in the first year of their academic journey.
Mr Kapil Nadan, First Year Experiance (FYE) Coordinator explained that the first year of university life is always the most difficult and challenging year for students as this builds the foundation of a student’s academic success.
The elated recipients were further encouraged by Dr Kedrayate to aim to get gold medals after completion of their programme.
Professor Richard Coll, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Services) presented the awards to the recipients.
Professor Coll briefed FALE staff about the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) Accreditation at the event as well.
“The main purpose of this accreditation is to assure stakeholders that a WSCUC-accredited institution has been rigorously evaluated and that it meets or exceeds the criteria required to maintain accreditation,” he explained.
“USP is seeking WSCUC accreditation to try and provide confidence to our stakeholders about the quality of our operations, not just programmes,” he stated,
The WASC Senior College and University Commission (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.
WSCUC is recognised by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education provided by member institutions of higher education offering the associate degree, baccalaureate degree and post-baccalaureate degrees.
USP had applied for Eligibility from WSCUC, who then 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 Criteria for Review (CFR) in which the University was doing well and provided recommendations for areas that needed improvement.
The USP WSCUC Team and the Senior Management Team are discussing the action plan arising from the recommendations of the Mock Visit Team to plan and prepare for the April SAV1.
The recommendations were also incorporated into the Institutional Report that was submitted to WSCUC on 26 January, 2018.
Professor Coll informed staff that there are four standards of accreditation and 39 Criteria for Review (CFR) after which the following are possible outcomes:
• Achieve Candidacy: if the organisation is in at least minimal compliance with all standards/CFRs;
• Achieve Initial Accreditation: if the institution is in substantial compliance with all standards/CFRs.
The Seeking Accreditation Visit 1 (SAV1) will be held from 11 - 13 April, 2018.
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