The International College of the Cayman Islands aims to offer its students more opportunities worldwide by applying for accreditation from the U.K.-based Accreditation Service for International Schools, Colleges and Universities.
An inspector from the service is scheduled to come to Cayman next month to evaluate the college. If the inspector’s report is favorable, ICCI could potentially earn full ASIC accreditation by September.
“Although ICCI has been U.S. accredited since 1979 as a degree-granting institution, we feel it’s very important to expand our scope of recognition from agencies around the world,” President David Marshall said in a press release. “If secured, ASIC accreditation would open up additional doors internationally for our students, in addition to validating the excellent educational reputation ICCI has earned during its 45 years.”
Mr. Marshall said most of ICCI’s international relationships are now with U.S.-based institutions. If the college is accredited by ASIC, he said, the university could form relationships with more colleges and universities around the world, giving students opportunities to participate in learning exchanges and potentially to find jobs and internships in more places.
“We really do feel that we have a responsibility to expose our students to a more global environment,” Mr. Marshall said.
ASIC has accredited academic, technical and vocational schools worldwide, and has accredited more than 100 private colleges in the U.K.
Mr. Marshall said ASIC accreditation is for the “institution as a whole,” including an evaluation of the campus. The inspector will consider the college’s manuals and handbooks, attendance-monitoring systems, student feedback forms and graded student assignments, and will evaluate facilities and equipment and observe teaching sessions, among other things.
“It’s very exciting,” Mr. Marshall said. “Quality assurance is an important part of the ICCI brand. We want to do everything possible to ensure our students are attending a high-quality institution and getting value for the tuition dollars they pay.”
ICCI is also in the final stages of the accreditation process for its business programs by the U.S.-based International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. The process has been under way since representatives from the accrediting body visited ICCI last year. An inspection team is due to visit the college in November.
ICCI has been accredited by the Washington, D.C.-based Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools since 1979. In 2014, the accrediting body renewed the college’s status through 2018.