ERIC Number: ED180301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Higher Education in an Emerging Nation: The College of the Bahamas as a Case Study.
Reid, John Y.
A historical overview of higher education in the Bahamas Islands and an examination of The College of the Bahamas as it exists today are presented. After an introduction including information on the geography, educational history, the Bahamian economy, governmental structure, and cultural insularity, the paper focuses on the development of The College of the Bahamas. It is explained that the college was founded in December, 1974, an amalgamation of three colleges. Administration of the college, degrees offered, faculty characteristics, enrollment trends, and funding for the college are each surveyed. Four major problems facing the college are listed, including lack of a clearly articulated mission or meaningful philosophical orientation. Seven recommendations for improvement are specified, including governmental cooperation with college and community representatives to determine a philosophical orientation for the college. It is concluded that the education system of the Bahamas is undergoing a time of trial calling for education leaders to give proper form and purpose to the institution. Among appendices are a list of programs offered by the college, a chart tracing enrollment trends, and financial figures. (PHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Toledo Univ., OH. Center for the Study of Higher Education.
Identifiers: Bahamas; College of the Bahamas
Note: Paper presented at the conference, "Issues in Carribean Studies" (University of Miami, FL, July 19-20, 1979)