More Bajans sign up for online campus
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)