David Marshall, president of the International College of the Cayman Islands, has been selected to present at an annual conference hosted by the largest school accrediting organization in the United States.
Mr. Marshall will present at the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools conference in Fort Worth, Texas in May.
His presentation is titled “Use portfolios to boost student achievement and help compliance documentation.”
“Measuring and documenting student outcomes are two of the easiest ways to help maintain compliance standards,” Dr. Marshall said. “The use of simple portfolios at the course, program and degree-certificate level can enhance student learning, help your students see value in tuition paid and help you improve job placement rates.”
Mr. Marshall said ICCI has a digital portfolio system that will be fully launched in the fall, which requires students to present a portfolio of work samples as a condition of graduation.
“I think this project is really about accountability,” Mr. Marshall said.
“People are paying us to educate students and by the time those students have finished, we should be able to document and demonstrate that we have done the jobs they have paid us to do.”
Mr. Marshall noted that many schools in the U.S. have come under scrutiny for their student learning outcomes. A portfolio system, he said, can be a tool for schools to help meet federal compliance standards for accreditation.
“We are very excited to have Dr. Marshall present at the conference,” Jeanine Ford, the accrediting council’s vice president of administration, said in a press release. “His presentation will be beneficial to our members and something to add to every education professional’s institutional toolkit.”
Mr. Marshall has 16 years’ experience in teaching at the university level, as well as extensive experience with educational outcomes, assessment and compliance.
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is described as the largest and oldest national accrediting organization of degree-granting institutions.