More Ba­jans sign up for on­line cam­pus

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THINGS ARE ON THE UP for the Univer­sity of the West Indies (UWI) Open Cam­pus this se­mes­ter, as thou­sands con­tinue to en­rol in its on­line pro­grammes.

De­spite tough eco­nomic times, pro-vice chan­cel­lor and prin­ci­pal Dr Luz Longsworth said the flex­i­bil­ity of the col­lege was an al­ter­na­tive op­tion for busy peo­ple and they were cap­i­tal­is­ing on it.

She spoke to the me­dia Mon­day at UWI Cave Hill, on the side­lines of the 50 On Track Awards pre­sen­ta­tion, where three of the four stu­dents who took free Caribbean Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate (CSEC) cour­ses, were awarded.

The to­tal re­gional en­rol­ment for the cam­pus is 5 552 stu­dents, with 259 from Bar­ba­dos. Longsworth said this was an im­prove­ment of over the 100 who reg­is­tered last year.

“I think there are ad­van­tages for the work­ing per­son, or the per­son who does not have the abil­ity to come on cam­pus even in the evenings; they may have a fam­ily or they live far and trans­porta­tion costs. So I think more and more peo­ple are tak­ing ad­van­tage of this form of study,” she said.

The prin­ci­pal ex­plained that pro­grammes at the cam­pus were priced dif­fer­ently, but said Gov­ern­ment fund­ing and grants were also avail­able, so th­ese stu­dents were not left out.

“It’s a whole dif­fer­ent cost struc­ture. If you are in a tra­di­tional pro­gramme or an as­so­ciate de­gree pro­gramme, you pay for three sub­jects for ex­am­ple, or a year or part-time. But in this case, you pay for what you do.

“So in other words, you can still re­main a stu­dent if you only do one course, while in some in­sti­tu­tions that doesn’t al­low you to be a stu­dent, but we recog­nise that flex­i­bil­ity is nec­es­sary,” she added.

In Au­gust 2016, the Open Cam­pus de­cided to raise money for the 50 On Track Awards, which sought to as­sist peo­ple who left school with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tions in math­e­mat­ics and English. Un­for­tu­nately, no passes in math­e­mat­ics were achieved.

Stu­dents Sab­rina Trotman and Philip Holder both scored Grade 1 in English, while Shan­ice Hinds got a Grade 2. ( TG)

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