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COSTAATT. College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago. Presentation to 2nd Annual Conference of Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA) Trinidad and Tobago, July 2002. TECHNOLOGY….

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Costaatt

COSTAATT

College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago

Presentation to 2nd Annual Conference of

Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators (ACHEA)

Trinidad and Tobago, July 2002


Technology

TECHNOLOGY…

Key to Organizational Transformation and Global Competitiveness

Presenters:

DR. GILLIAN PAUL – COSTAATT Academic Affairs

MS. JUDY WHILBY – COSTAATT Library Services


Presentation outline

PRESENTATION OUTLINE…

  • Understanding the Context…

    • WHAT DOES HIGHER EDUCATION LOOK LIKE TODAY?

Defining the Problem…

WHY COSTAATT?

  • Understanding the Task…

    • WHERE ARE OUR INSTITUTIONS NOW?


Presentation outline1

  • Exploring Solutions and Strategies…

    • ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO THE GOAL

PRESENTATION OUTLINE…

  • Technology as Strategic Advantage

    • WILL THIS ROAD LEAD TO THE COLLEGE?

Choosing a Technology Solution…

HOW TO DECIDE?


Presentation outline2

  • Implementing the Solution…

    • ARE WE ALL ON THE SAME ROAD?

PRESENTATION OUTLINE…

  • Planning for Sustainability…

    • WHERE ARE THE ROAD BLOCKS?

  • Technology and the Future of the College…

    • MANY PATHS TO A COMMON GOAL…


State of education and development

LOW PARTICIPATION RATES….

State of Education and Development

Low level of participation in tertiary education for middle-level developing economy

Approximately 8% of 18-25 cohort with 3% accessing university education…

High failure rates at secondary school with large numbers of students, excluded from college level training and education opportunities

Each year, only about 35% of secondary level students obtain the 5 CXC passes…


State of education and development1

LIMITED ACCESS…

State of Education and Development

Programmes serve a very traditional student population relying on traditional modes

Needs of adult working students, physically disabled students, academic under-prepared students, geographically remote students not adequately addressed

Limited vertical or horizontal articulation among public and private tertiary institutions

Duplication of efforts and wastage of students’ time and resources


State of education and development2

WEAK IMPACT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

State of Education and Development

Skills mismatch between outputs of training institutions and labour market needs

Chronic unemployment and underemployment…

Concentration of higher education and training programmes in very limited areas

Limits economic diversification possibilities…


Why costaatt

  • What is COSTAATT?

    • The College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago

WHY COSTAATT…

  • COSTAATT was legally established in October 2000 as a multi-campus college, empowered to award certificates, diplomas and bachelor’s degrees in academic and technical-vocational studies


Why costaatt1

  • COSTAATT comprises the following institutions:

WHY COSTAATT…

  • John S. Donaldson Technical Institute

  • San Fernando Technical Institute

  • Government Vocation Centre

  • Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry

  • Joint Services Staff College

  • The Metal Industries Company Ltd…


Why costaatt2

  • COSTAATT comprises the following institutions:

WHY COSTAATT…

THE NIHERST TEACHING DIVISIONS…

  • College of Health Sciences

  • College of Nursing

  • Information Technology College

  • School of Languages

  • Business Management Department

  • General Education Division


Why costaatt3

  • The Government mandated COSTAATT to:

WHY COSTAATT…

Contribute to increasing the participation rate in tertiary education to 15% by 2005 as recommended by CARICOM Ministers of Education in 1995

Improve the quality and relevance of tertiary level education and training

Broaden access to higher education to previously under-served groups


Why costaatt4

COSTAATT will offer more diversified options for quality tertiary education producing qualified, skilled persons, to meet the demands of economic growth, and help bridge the gap between the global economy and Trinidad and Tobago’s labour force.

WHY COSTAATT?…


The higher education market space

THE HIGHER EDUCATION MARKET SPACE…


The higher education market space1

THE HIGHER EDUCATION MARKET SPACE…

  • Basic Library Services in 2-year College Learning Resources Program

  • Acquisitions, cataloging, maintenance, preservation, and/or circulation of various types of resources

  • Computer systems management and maintenance

  • Equipment services

  • Instructional services

  • Production services


The higher education market space2

THE HIGHER EDUCATION MARKET SPACE…

  • Additional Services Components in 2-year College Learning Resources Program

  • Resource sharing services

  • Community Services

  • Curriculum

  • Faculty Development

  • Government Documents Depository Joint- Use

  • Laboratories


The higher education market space3

THE HIGHER EDUCATION MARKET SPACE…

  • Additional Services Components in 2-year College Learning Resources Program

  • Laboratories

  • Printing

  • Student ID Service

  • Television/Radio

  • Resource-sharing Services


Understanding the task

UNDERSTANDING THE TASK…


Understanding the task1

THE STATE OF LIBRARY SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES

UNDERSTANDING THE TASK…

  • Outdated collections

  • Available resources cannot support teaching/learning activities of the college

  • Limited access to periodical literature

  • Inadequate staffing

  • Staff not trained to operate in automated environment

  • In some campuses/centres there were no libraries


Alternative solutions

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS…


Alternative solutions1

ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS…

  • Develop libraries individually and establish libraries in campuses/centres where none existed

  • Establish staff development program to train staff to operate at the required levels

  • Duplicate collections in campuses where there are similar program offerings

  • Increase staffing levels


Technology as strategic advantage

TECHNOLOGY AS STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE…

PRODUCT ADVANTAGES

  • Users are provided with infinite information with finite resources

  • Access from home and office and ability to download text on demand

  • Ability to access remote databases

  • Access for External Users on the Internet to OPACs


Technology as strategic advantage1

TECHNOLOGY AS STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE…


The costaatt wide area network

Dial-Up Users

Joint Services Staff College

Firewall

The NIHERST Colleges

Tobago Learning Centre

Finance Module

Student Information Module

John Donaldson Technical Institute

Human Resource Module

Library Module

Eastern Caribbean Institute of Agriculture and Forestry

COSTAATT’s MAIN CAMPUS

Metal Industries Company

San Fernando Technical Institute

Government Vocational Center

The COSTAATT Wide Area Network

INTERNET


Choosing a technology solution

CHOOSING A TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION…


Choosing a technology solution1

CHOOSING A TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION…

1. Development of a library profile

  • Collect basic statistical information on the libraries

    and their operations

  • Take stock of any existing automation


Choosing a technology solution2

CHOOSING A TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION…

2. Set service priorities

  • Determine which functions are to be automated and in what order of priority

  • Take stock of any existing automation


Choosing a technology solution3

CHOOSING A TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION…

3. Look at cost elements

  • Elements involved in the installation and operation of an automated system

  • Planning and Consulting Costs

  • Purchase of the system

  • Telecommunications

  • Conversion costs

  • Ongoing Operating costs

  • Additions to the System


Choosing a technology solution4

CHOOSING A TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION…

4. Develop Functional Specifications

  • What you want the system to do for you

  • Planning and Consulting Costs

  • Purchase of the system

  • Telecommunications

  • Conversion costs

  • Ongoing Operating costs

  • Additions to the System


Implementing the solution

IMPLEMENTING THE SOLUTION…


Planning for sustainability

PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY…


Technology and the future of the college

TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF THE COLLEGE…


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