A delegation from the Committee on Institutional Affiliation (CIA) has visited Potters College in Takoradi to assess the preparedness of the College to seek affiliation with UCC.
Potters College (PC) is a new institution that is seeking affiliation to run Diploma in General Nursing programme.
The delegation led by the Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Education, Prof. Kofi Yiboe Tsivanyo, was made up of Dr. Precious A. Mattah (Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance); Dr. Samuel Acquah (School of Medical School); Dr. Mate Siakwa and Mrs. Christiana Okantey both of the School of Nursing.
The rest were Mr. Justice Boateng (Institutional Affiliation Office, IAO) and Ms Joyce Sam (Directorate of Internal Audit).
Welcoming the delegation, the President of PC, Mr. Isaac Ekow Aidoo, thanked the team for the visit and expressed the willingness of his management to implement the recommendations of the UCC delegation after the meeting.
On his part, Prof. Tsivanyo explained that the visit was to ascertain whether the College has met the requirements to qualify as an affiliate of UCC. He called for the cooperation of management of the College in order to make the exercise a success. “We are here to assist you to start running your Diploma in General Nursing Programme,” he assured.
The Head of IAO, Mr. Boateng said the visit was in line with the National Accreditation Board’s requirements adding that “UCC as your mentor institution should ensure that you are ready with all the necessary documentation and structures in place before you granted affiliation and accreditation before beginning operation”.
As part of the exercise, the team assessed the institutional documents such as filled Institutional Instrument, statutes, organogram, academic policies and regulation, students’ handbook, library user guide, quality assurance policy, staff development policy and sexual harassment policy. The team also looked at funding and financing with emphasis on financial plan, school fees, owners’ equity loans and other sources of funds.
The curriculum vitae and certificates of prospective lecturers were discussed at the meeting. Physical structures of the College like library, computer laboratory, demonstration laboratory, hostel and various offices were inspected.
At the end of the meeting, the UCC delegation advised PC to review some of the policy documents; provide office for the librarian; create spacious lecture rooms, refurbishment of the washroom, stocking the demonstration laboratory with additional equipment and appointment of quality assurance officer.
The UCC delegation entreated PC to implement the recommendations should address the issues raised to enable the College secure affiliation with UCC and accreditation from the National Accreditation Board.