Integrated Higher Education in support of flexible learning pathways in Jamaica: Report of the IIEP-UNESCO Research ‘SDG 4: Planning for flexible learning pathways in higher education’



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University Council of Jamaica (UCJ)


This study on flexible learning pathways in higher education (FLPs in HE) was commissioned by the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). It is a part of a global research project to determine the effectiveness of national provisions for inclusive and equitable access to quality higher education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, including disadvantaged groups (SDG 4). Jamaica was one of the eight countries selected to participate in the project. The Jamaican case study sought to ascertain the effectiveness of alternative pathways promulgated by the Government of Jamaica in the implementation of measures to achieve its target of having at least 80 percent of Jamaicans participating in the HE. In addition, the project sought to provide evidence-based information to the Ministry of Education in the planning and reform of the HE sector in Jamaica. The foci of the project were: 1) Flexibility in pathways for admissions into HE, with emphasis on: a) recognition of prior learning (RPL); b) the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) ; c) the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH). 2) Flexibility of progression through higher education, with emphasis on: a) transfers from a two-year associate degree to a bachelor’s degree (additional two years) based on the 2+2 models; b) Occupational Associate Degrees.


This report was prepared for the IIEP-UNESCO research project ‘SDG4: Planning for flexible learning pathways in higher education’ in collaboration with the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ). The study aims to produce knowledge and provide evidence-based policy advice in different development contexts to Ministries of (higher) education that are considering building or strengthening flexible learning pathways as an area of reform. It comprises a stock taking exercise, an international survey, eight in-depth country case studies (Chile, Finland, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Morocco, South Africa and the UK) and thematic studies. This report is one of the eight in-depth country case studies.

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