Institutional Accreditation


What is UWI-STA’s Institutional Accreditation Status?

What is Institutional Accreditation?

Why is Institutional Accreditation Necessary?

What is the Process for Institutional Accreditation?


What is UWI-STA’s Institutional Accreditation Status?


Presently, all four campuses of The UWI are accredited by national accreditation agencies. Institutional accreditation is managed at the Campus level with oversight by the Board for Undergraduate Studies. These accreditation agencies are:


UWI STA                        - Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago

UWI Cave Hill                 - Barbados Accreditation Council

UWI Open Campus         - Barbados Accreditation Council

UWI Mona                      - University Council of Jamaica


The St. Augustine Campus has received full institutional accreditation from the ACTT for the period 2011-2018.


Institutional accreditation means that The UWI has met or surpassed the ACTT quality criteria and standards for an institution to be recognized as a quality institution within Trinidad and Tobago.


While all UWI educational programmes meet the acceptable minimum quality standards for educational provision by ACTT, it does not mean that those programmes that require professional licensure to practice in certain professions such as engineering, law, medicine etc have met those standards. These programmes usually receive programme (specialized) accreditation.  

The St. Augustine Campus accredited status can be viewed at:


UWI is also a member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies for Higher Education (INQAAHE) and its sub-regional association, the Caribbean Area Network for Quality Assurance in Tertiary Education (CANQATE)


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What is Institutional Accreditation?


Institutional accreditation is an external peer evaluation process which an institution undergoes under the umbrella of a recognized accreditation agency. It is also a status conferred or the outcome of the evaluation process. Depending on the accreditation agency, the status could be:


Candidacy status:

the institution has submitted an acceptable preliminary report for external review

Full accredited status:

the institution has met all standards for accreditation

Conditional status:

the institution has met most of the standards for accreditation

Unaccredited status:

the institution has not met the minimum standards for accreditation


For information on the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT), click here

For more information on The UWI-St. Augustine's Accreditation (2010-2011) click here



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Why is Institutional Accreditation Necessary?


Institutional accreditation examines the institution’s effectiveness. It looks at the organizational capacity of an institution to deliver quality tertiary education programmes by evaluating its systems for governance and management, financial stability, delivery of academic systems programmes as well as faculty quality, facilities, services, accountability processes, sustainability and outcomes.


External peer evaluators visit and undertake a rigorous assessment of the institution, confirm its educational quality against the accreditation agency’s quality standards and make recommendations for continuous improvement of the institution.


For the public, the result is the confidence that the institution meets national and possibly international standards and benchmarks of quality.


For the student, there is the assurance that he/she would have a recognized (accredited) qualification to access further education or employment.


For the institution, it is the opportunity to improve its systems to generate greater levels of satisfaction for students, graduates, alumni, employees, employers, benefactors, investors and other stakeholders.  


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What is the Process for Institutional Accreditation?


In higher education, institutional accreditation entails certain established transactions between an institution and the accreditation agency. These include:


Self-Study- this is an institution-wide activity where its senior administrators, faculty and other personnel engage in the preparation of a report which reflects on the institution’s commitment to quality, its approaches to quality assurance and enhancement, its confidence that it meets accreditation standards and its recommended areas for self-improvement. The activity can take as long as 1-2 years to complete and results in a detailed Self-Study report which is submitted to the accreditation agency. 


Site Visit- Having reviewed the institution’s Self-Study report, the accreditation agency organizes a visit of its external peer evaluators who examine the institution’s compliance with accreditation criteria and standards. Depending upon the size and complexity of the institution, this site visit can last between 2-5 days for an institution.


Evaluation Report- Having undertaken the site visit, evaluators prepare and submit an external evaluation report. The report documents the institution’s compliance with accreditation criteria and standards and identifies recommendations for the advancement of the organization as a quality educational institution.


Institutional Commitment and Response- the institution would consider the evaluators’ report, determine whether it would accept the recommendations offered and respond by monitoring and improving its processes and outcomes to conform to the standards.


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