Strategic Total Academic Review (STAR) was a comprehensive, far-reaching, transformational review of USPs academic portfolio, policies, procedures and services to ensure the development of graduates who can take advantage of opportunities, secure meaningful and well-paid employment, appreciate multiple perspectives and live harmoniously with others; dealing effectively with the challenges of a globalised economy.
Under STAR the University sought to better prepare graduates for success in a complex and changing world, and this translated into the following aims:
- Educate adaptable leaders who are critical thinkers and contributing global citizens;
- Position USP for peer recognition as a high performing, internationally competitive university with a distinctive mission;
- Ensure the employability of USP graduates;
- Ensure relevance of USP’s curriculum to the Pacific region and similar living environments;
- Ensure sustainability of USP programmes in terms of funding, demand, and links to research priorities;
- Ensure the high quality and proven effectiveness of programmes by the systematic assessment of learning outcomes and the strategic investment of resources.
A key outcome of STAR, was a focus on USP Graduate Attributes and it was decided that the University of the South Pacific’s academic programmes will promote the development of the following attributes in all graduates:
- Extensive knowledge of a particular discipline or professional area, including relevant knowledge and skills;
- Capacity for independent critical thinking and self-directed, life-long learning;
- Advanced information and communication technology knowledge and skills; and
- Research literacy and skills.
Intellectual Curiosity and Integrity
- Deep respect for truth and intellectual integrity, and for the ethics of scholarship;
- Intellectual curiosity and creativity; openness to new ideas;
- Commitment to inter-disciplinary understanding and skills; and
- Respect for the principles, values and ethics of a chosen profession.
Capacity for Leadership and Working With Others
- Effective interpersonal communication skills;
- Leadership, organisational, teamwork and time management abilities; and
- Personal maturity and self-confidence.
Appreciation of the Cultures of the Pacific Islands
- Knowledge and appreciation of both the unity and diversity of Pacific Island cultures;
- Understanding of the diverse economies and environments of the Pacific Islands; and
- Commitment to the maintenance and strengthening of the societies of the Pacific.
- An understanding and appreciation of social, cultural and linguistic diversity;
- Respect for human rights and dignity in a global context;
- Commitment to accountability, ethical practice and social responsibility; and
- Demonstrated oral and written proficiency in the English language.
The STAR Project was completed in 2016.