Accreditation and Quality Assurance

Accreditation: Commitment to the External Quality Evaluation Process

COSTAATT is committed to the delivery of quality education that meets the needs of its stakeholders, and recognizes the critical role and contribution of quality improvement in this process. The College is also committed to a reflective and pro-active review of its operations and programme offerings, and in addition welcomes the objective analysis of its quality processes through external evaluation.

 

As part of the College’s quality philosophy, and in keeping with legal and regulatory frameworks, we strive to identify, redress and continually improve our quality systems and processes. As such, COSTAATT embraces the national and international quality standards and requirements set by the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT), which was established by Act of Parliament, No. 16 of 2004, to accredit registered post-secondary and tertiary education institutions in Trinidad and Tobago.

 

COSTAATT is indeed proud to be the first institution in Trinidad and Tobago to receive accredited institution status from the ACTT, having been certified for the maximum period of seven years, for the period November 18, 2010 to November 17, 2017.  The College is in the process of preparing to seek international accreditation for several of its programmes.

Quality Policy – Establishing, Implementing and Maintaining the College’s Quality Management System:

COSTAATT’s Quality Policy is the foundation upon which its Quality Management System (QMS) has been structured. It enshrines the essence of our vision and mission and charts the College’s direction in fulfilling its quality objectives. The policy provides a framework that facilitates evaluation of the learning experience of our students and assures standards and performance that allow for planning and continuous improvement throughout the organisation. Moreover, the Quality Policy incorporates the following, which have been adopted as the College’s quality statement:

 

The College is committed to:

 

  • fostering and maintaining a culture which is aligned with the institution’s mission and vision, and capable of honest, transparent and critical self-evaluation;
  • implementing a Quality Management System (QMS) which will ensure compliance with relevant legislative and/or professional standards and regulations;
  • creating the conditions for improving the quality of the learning experience by continuously monitoring and evaluating the quality of teaching, learning, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities;
  • providing supportive services and a stimulating learning climate which encourage student retention and achievement;
  • providing mechanisms for feedback from students, internal customers and other stakeholders in order to improve its services;
  • establishing and maintaining a quality assurance system which ensures the continuous improvement of teaching, learning and all support systems at the College;
  • establishing an integrated planning and quality assurance cycle which is effectively communicated throughout the organisation and which guides all college operations;
  • developing, implementing, monitoring and, where appropriate, benchmarking standards and/or targets for all areas of activity;
  • investing in training and development to build staff capacity to maintain continuous improvement systems;
  • ensuring responsibility and accountability in all relationships with its stakeholders including: students, faculty, staff, partners, the government and local communities.
The Quality Council:

The College’s Quality Council was convened in January 2008 and comprises a cross-section of academic and non-academic staff. All members of the Council have undergone training in quality management and have acquired the requisite skills and knowledge to assist in streamlining the operations, programmes and services which the College provides to both internal and external customers and stakeholders. This Council is a key component of the College’s Quality Management System, and its members are expected to play a pivotal role as change agents in the continued emergence and cementing of a quality culture.

The Quality Assurance and Institutional Research Department

The Department of Quality Assurance and Institutional Research (QAIR) plays a supporting role in managing the College’s QMS. The QMS allows for primacy of inputs from key stakeholders at all levels into the identification and resolution of quality issues. The department is also involved in (a) assisting internal customers to achieve their quality objectives and (b) ensuring the maintenance of quality assurance activities. The department’s director, who is a key member of the Quality Council, performs a synergistic role, interacting with stakeholders, coordinating inputs and providing support and guidance on improvement initiatives.