The International College of the Cayman Islands has had its international accreditation renewed.
The Washington, D.C.-based Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools renewed the college’s status through 2018.
“Our entire team of faculty and staff worked very hard for months to write our re-accreditation application. Their efforts have really validated that our students are receiving a very high quality education,” said David Marshall, president of the college.
Initially accredited in 1979, the college must have its accreditation be re-evaluated periodically.
“We are judged on student retention, graduation rates, student learning outcomes and job placements of our graduates,” said Mr. Marshall.
“ACICS is a very tough accrediting body. It means serious business when it comes to student outcomes. We either have to be in compliance with accreditation standards, fix any problems if ACICS determines that we are out of compliance, or be removed from membership. It’s just that simple.
“Council representatives came to the campus in February and sat in on classes to evaluate teaching methods as well as interviewed students and faculty. All these elements are compared to senior level colleges and universities in the U.S.,” he said.
Board chairwoman April Cummings said she is pleased that the accreditation has been renewed.
“The accreditation process is rigorous and designed to ensure continual growth and improvement to the academic programs at the International College of the Cayman Islands.”