Defining best practice: Contextual relevance in the Caribbean [PowerPoint]



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The word "best" is heavily value laden and, therefore, "best practice" can only be discussed within a particular context; in this instance, higher education in the Caribbean. The Strategic Plan for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM 2014), outlines the strategic priorities for the region until 2019 as: strong economic growth and reduction in poverty and unemployment; improved quality of life; reduced environmental vulnerability; and an integrated community with equity for all. The Plan envisages a strong role for tertiary education in preparing its graduates to deliver on these priorities. Drawing on the UWI Survey of the Literature on Global Best Practices in Higher Education (Harvey, 2012), this keynote presentation examined the problematique of defining best practice in higher education. The paper then examined the definition in terms of higher education helping to meet the defined priority needs of the Caribbean. An attempt was made to illustrate the definition by drawing on examples of "best practice" in higher education in Cuba, a country operating within severe economic strictures, yet able to meet their particular societal needs and have such "best practice", particularly in medicine, as to help serve the whole world. From the derived definition, the presentation examined some of the implications for application to higher education institutions and programmes and quality assurance agencies in the Caribbean.


Keynote address presented at the Regional Conference on Institutionalising Best Practice in Higher Education, UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, 24-26 June, 2015
Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, UWI; Quality Assurance Unit, UWI

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Best practices, Higher education, Caribbean