Front Cover
 Table of Contents
 The College Council
 Message from The Past College Council...
 Message from The President
 The University of The Bahamas
 Academic Affairs
 International Relations & Graduate...
 Initiatives in Continuing Education...
 The Northern Bahamas Campus
 Non-academic Staff Development...
 Financial Review
 Capital Development
 Alumni Relations and Development...
 Communications and Public...
 And on a final note

Group Title: The College of the Bahamas Annual Report
Title: Annual Report 2006-2007
Full Citation
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 Material Information
Title: Annual Report 2006-2007
Series Title: The College of the Bahamas Annual Report
Physical Description: Archival
Language: English
Creator: The College of The Bahamas
The College of The Bahamas ( Contributor )
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: College
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Spatial Coverage: North America -- Bahamas -- Nassau
Coordinates: 25.0661 x -77.339
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Bibliographic ID: CA00299000
Volume ID: VID00001
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Holding Location: The College of The Bahamas, Nassau
Rights Management: Copyright 2007, The College of the Bahamas. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Table of Contents
        Page i
    The College Council
        Page ii
    Message from The Past College Council Chairman 2006-2006
        Page iii
    Message from The President
        Page iv
    The University of The Bahamas
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Academic Affairs
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    International Relations & Graduate Programmes
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
    Initiatives in Continuing Education and Extension Services
        Page 16
        Page 17
    The Northern Bahamas Campus
        Page 18
    Non-academic Staff Development Activities
        Page 19
    Financial Review
        Page 20
    Capital Development
        Page 21
        Page 22
    Alumni Relations and Development (AR & D)
        Page 23
    Communications and Public Relations
        Page 24
    And on a final note
        Page 25
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Table of Contents

The College Council............................................................................................................................................................. ii

O officers of The College......................................................................................................................................................ii

M message from The Past College Council Chairm an 2006-2007 ............................................. ......................... iii

M message from The President ...................................................................................................................................... iv

The University of The Baham as ........................................................................................................................................ 1

Academy ic A affairs ................................................................................................................................................................ 4

Research ............................................................................................................................................................................ 11

International Relations & G graduate Program m es............................................................................................... 1 2

O outreach ............................................................................................................................................................................ 1 3

Student Services and Cam pus Life ............................................................................................................................... 16

The Northern Baham as Cam pus.................................................................................................................................... 18

Non-academ ic Staff Developm ent Activities.... ................................................................................................................ 19

Financial Review .............................................................................................................................................................. 20

Capital Developm ent ...................................................................................................................................................... 21

A lum ni Relations and Developm ent (A R& D) ............................................................................................................... 23

Com m unications and Public Relations .................................................................................................................... 24

A nd on a Final Note ........................................................................................................................................................ 25

The College Council


Franklyn R. Wilson (Chair)
Jerome Fitzgerald (Deputy Chair
Rubie Nottage (Council Secretary & Secretary-General)

Earl Cash
Patricia Collins
Rodman Forbes (Staff Observer)
Janyne M. Hodder
Audrey Ingram-Roberts
Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson
Cheryl Rolle
Donald Saunders
A'leithia Sweeting
Simon Wilson

T. B. Donaldson (Chair)
Judith Whitehead ( Deputy Chair)
Rubie Nottage (Council Secretary & Secretary-General)

Earl Cash
Janyne M. Hodder
Mark Holowesko
Anastarcia Huyler
Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson
Lionel Sands
Donald Saunders
Diane Stewart
Prestonia Wallace (Staff Observer)

Officers of The College


2007-2008 as of December 2007

Janyne M. Hodder, B.A., M.A, D.C.L. (Hon.), President
Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Executive Vice-President& Vice-President, AcademicAffairs
Rubie Nottage, B.A., M.A., M.B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Council Secretary & Secretary-
Denton Brown, B.A., M.B.A., Vice-President, Finance & Administration
John Collins, B.Sc., M.B.A., Chieflnformation Officer
Earla Carey-Baines, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Dean, Foruly ofliberal& Fine Arts
Danny Davis, B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D., Registrar
Linda Davis, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Vice-President, Research, Graduate Programmes
& International Reltoions
Pandora Johnson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Vice-President, Outreach
Willamae Johnson, B.A., M.L.S., College librarian
Coralee Kelly, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Associate Vice-President, Northern Campus
Patricia Glinton-Meicholas, B.A. (Hons), M.Ed., Vice-President Communications
Colyn Major, B.Sc., M.A., Vice-President, StudenAffairs
Lincoln Marshall, B.A., M.Ed. Ph.D., Executive Director, Culinary & Hospitality
Moangement Institute
Thaddeus McDonald, B.Sc., M.Ed., Ph.D., Dean, Faculty of Sociol & Educational
Kathleen Sullivan-Sealy, B.Sc., Ph.D., Dean, Faculy of Pure & Applied Sciences

Dean of the School of Business

Janyne M. Hodder, B.A., M.A, D.C.L. (Hon.), President
Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Executive Vice-President & Vice-President, Academic Affairs
Rubie Nottage, B.A., M.A., M.B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Council Secretary & Secretary-
Denton Brown, B.A., M.B.A, Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Earla Carey-Baines, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Dean, Forultyofliberal& Fine Arts
Brenda Cleare, B.Sc., M.A., Ed.D., Den, Fcully of Pure & Applied Sciences
Danny Davis, B.Sc. (Hons.), Ph.D., Registrar
Linda Davis, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Vice-President, Research, Graduate Programmes
& International Reltoions
Pandora Johnson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Vice-President, Outreach
Willamae Johnson, B.A., M.L.S., College librarian
Coralee Kelly, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Associate Vice-President, Northern Campus
Colyn Major, B.Sc., M.A., Vice-President, SudenlAffairs
Lincoln Marshall, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Executive Director, Culinary & Hospitllity
Moangement Institute

Chief Information Officer
Dean of the School of Business
Dean of the Facully of Socil & Educational Sudies
Vice-President, Communications


Message from The Past College Council Chairman 2006-2007

Dear Colleagues and Friends of The College,

It has been six months now since I have left the Chair of The College Council, a position now ably
occupied by Timothy Baswell Donaldson to whom I offer my very best wishes of success. I hope he and all
new members of Council find as much joy in their tenure as I did in mine, and as did many other of my
Council colleagues.

My tenure was not only a privilege but was also a time of learning and growth. Through tumultuous
times and a few treacherous shoals, I never doubted the deep passion of all who are close to The College.
Council members with whom I served, prior Council members, administrators, faculty, students, staff,
alumni and so many others share a strong commitment to The College of The Bahamas and a deep faith
that it can and must become The University of the Bahamas. It is our passion for this cause which
animated us at all times. I owe each of you who worked with Council a debt of gratitude

I hope, from this Report, you will find the signs that the foundations of The University of The Bahamas
are solidly in place. Whether as a result of the Strategic Plan or The Bethel Report or the building and
renovation initiatives, The College is ready now for the next and final step in its transformation to
University and I wish all those who lead it and who care about it the very best on this journey of immense
national importance. May the wind be in your sails and the seas always be favourable.

Know also that I shall always be willing to offer my support to The College/University of The Bahamas.


Franklyn R. Wilson, CMG

December 11th, 2007

Message from The President

Dear Colleagues and Friends of The College,

2006-2007 was my first year back in The Bahamas and back at The College after so very many years. It
has been a wonderful year. It was a year of discovery and challenges, a year of joy and of learning. We
are proud of our more than thirty years of history offering tertiary education to Bahamians. It would be
easy to rest on our laurels and be happy with what we do wellfor another thirty or more years.

But this is not our path. Our path is to push through another barrier and become The University of The
Bahamas. Our path is to celebrate the past without reliving it, to honour it without reproducing it. We
need to learn to manage change and to create an institutional culture of learning for ourselves, not just
for our students. We need to ask "how might we to do this or that?", rather than say "we don't do this
or that".

We need to create new programmes, to build more robust quality assurance mechanisms, to increase
our research and scholarly work, to encourage innovation and create a national culture of innovation, to
be more publicly accountable, to find new resources, to embrace greater collegiality and greater
transparency, to compete in an international marketplace. We need to do these things, however, from a
foundation of confidence. We need to move away from our comfort zone and into the new university
environment confident in our ability to thrive and grow under these new demands.

This Annual Report shows that we have done much this past year of which we might be proud. We have
done it as a team. We will continue to work as a team because that is the only way to achieve that which
is difficult and important. Whatever the challenges, together we can.

I thank each of you for our successes in 2006-2007 and for your shared commitment to The College as it
becomes The University of The Bahamas.


Janyne M. Hodder, B. A., M.A., D.C.L. (HON.)

December 12th, 2007

The University of The Bahamas

The College is preparing to become The University of The Bahamas. A number of foundation stones
were laid in 2006-2007.

All of these build on the legacy of The College over the past
thirty-three years. The change will entail visible and public
changes such as new legislation but the real test of university The role of The University of The
The role of The University of The
standing will be carried out over time. The success of The Bahamas is to support and drive
University's creation will be found in its ability to deliver, time national development through
education, research and innovation.
and time again, over the next five, ten, twenty, fifty years, education, research and innovation.
excellent education inspired by deep scholarship. It will also
depend on The University's contribution to creating a national
culture of innovation which will build sustainable prosperity and support the economic and cultural
development of the nation. Creating The University of The Bahamas will require structural changes to
quality assurance in programme development and delivery, to research and scholarship, to governance
and to accountability. During the year 2006-2007, a number of steps were taken which have laid the
ground for these changes.

Foremost among these were three key initiatives: completion of the Strategic Planning exercise; a
broad governance review and the development of a College community-driven list of priorities capable
of generating private support. Each is described below.

The Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan was well developed at the start of 2006-2007. Work continued to condense the
volumes of reports received over the earlier eighteen months and to draw from these a clear set of
goals and strategies. The Plan was completed in its public consultation form in September 2007 and it is
expected that it will adopted in early 2008.

The Vision

The University of The Bahamas will
be a Bahamian national university
respected locally, regionally and
internationally for its excellence in
teaching, research and service and
for its ability to support sustainable
development and prosperity.

The Strategic Plan focuses on the role, vision and mission of The
University and sets a number of key strategies. It also defines goals
in every major sector of activity. It represents a statement of
shared direction and establishes an accountability framework. It
was not intended to be a final blueprint as there is still work to be
done to define important practical solutions to key issues. For
example, we need to balance our increased emphasis on university
work with the national need for continued College Preparatory
courses and for Associate degree programmes. A second critical
issue is one of resources. The University of The Bahamas cannot be
built on the resources currently available to The College. In the
sciences and technology fields, particularly, The University of The

Bahamas will require additional resources. It will require additional
resources in other sectors as well. Our information technology
environment needs to be upgraded, we need new facilities and we
need to renovate the facilities that were originally built to house a
high school. We will need new classrooms, possibly larger ones.
We will need to build the Library and the Northern Bahamas campus
as soon as possible. We will need to build student residences and to
improve student life facilities. These resources cannot be found
through public funding alone though public support and increased
public funding is essential.

While the Strategic Plan sets a vision and a direction, the road ahead
is not an easy one and it will require broad and deep public and
private interest and support. In 2006-2007, The College worked to
achieve such support.

The Bethel Report on Governance

In August 2006, The College Council mandated the creation of a Task
Force on Academic Governance to be composed of a majority of
faculty and to be chaired by President Emerita Keva Bethel. The
Task Force met throughout the 2006-2007 academic year and
reviewed university governance practices across the world. This
was a particularly rich review because in the last ten to fifteen years
there have been very significant developments in university
governance. In the case of publicly-funded universities, these
changes have been brought about by higher demands for public
accountability. Changes have also been driven by increased
recognition the world over that universities are the source of highly
qualified human resources and, in a global economy, highly qualified
men and women are a key development resource. What might
once have interested only a few is now of concern to many in a
growing number of countries.

How should universities preserve academic freedom while also
responding effectively and appropriately to public demands for
accountability and performance? How does one measure the
benefits of universities in ways that make sense to a broad and
interested public? Education has no simple bottom line. It is a
complicated and sometimes messy business of learning, of growth,
of change. Yet, universities need to be held accountable and the
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Recent years have seen an explosion in the number of rankings exercises which seek to establish which
are the best universities and why. Some of these rankings are suspect, dependent on a few key
variables that cannot account for the full range of a university's impact on its students, on scholarship
and on innovation. Yet, rankings matter and, increasingly, university governing bodies which once did
their work in relative obscurity find themselves having to explain these rankings to a very public
audience. Finally, in a democracy, political leaders express a justifiable interest in making sure they
spend the public purse in ways that benefit the public and require that university governing bodies be
accountable in ways that are often quite new.

At the same time, universities depend on talent, primarily the talent of the faculty that teach and carry
out research and these men and women need a strong say in governance. And so the debate goes on
between a top-down model of governance, a bottom-up model, or something in between.

The Bethel Report was submitted to Council in Spring 2007 and was favourably received by the 2006-
2007 Council. It was also favourably received by the new Council which took office in July 2007. It now
forms part of The College's submission to government as a working document upon which The Act to
create The University of The Bahamas might be written. It is a major building block of The University
and The College is deeply grateful to Dr. Bethel, to Dr. Joan Vanderpool, the Task Force's secretary and
research officer and to the members of the Task Force who contributed to its success.

The Priorities Committee Report

University excellence cannot be built on public funding alone. Excellence will require private support as
well. The College will be seeking private support for essential improvements to our facilities, for student
financial aid, for improvements to the student life experience, for better technology and for academic
activities. In order to plan an upcoming capital campaign, a Priorities Committee was created under the
leadership of Dr. Marjorie Brooks-Jones. Working with faculty, staff and students and with the support
from Ms. Felicity Humblestone, Director of Development and Ms. Farhana Mather of Mather-Leigh our
development counsel, the Committee produced a report which is being used to develop the case for
support of the upcoming campaign. This was an essential step in building The University's case and in
making sure we asked for support of priorities and developed projects that would be donor-friendly.
This too was a building block in our transition to University and we thank all who participated.

Next Steps

While significant achievements were realized in 2006-2007, more is to be done in 2007-2008 to prepare
for the creation of The University of The Bahamas. We need to strengthen our academic quality
assurance policies and practices, join international associations of universities and expand our
international reach, develop a Master Plan for all our facilities, prepare for a capital campaign and
develop a partnership with government with respect to the new legislation required. We also need to
propose an academic organizational model which will take into account our need to continue to offer
College Preparatory programmes as well as Associate degree programmes in addition to our university-
level work. Work on all of these has already begun.

Academic Affairs

Increasing Academic Choices

New minors and a new policy on minors

New minor degree programmes were approved in Caribbean and Bahamian Literature, French, Spanish,
History and Business Administration. The Policy on Minor Programmes was also developed and
approved. It is hoped that more minor programmes will be approved in the academic year 2007-2008.

New programmes

A feasibility study involving 472 persons was conducted by the School of Business for both
undergraduate and graduate programmes. Substantial work was done in developing a proposal to offer
a Master of Business Administration with five areas of concentration. A single generic form for future
feasibility studies was developed. It will be used to conduct feasibility studies for other programmes
which could meet national needs.

With respect to the Bachelor degree in Pharmacy programme, exploratory work has been completed.
Initial discussions and meetings have been held with the Ministries of Health and Education as well as
with the University of Technology in Jamaica.

The International Languages and Cultures Institute

The International Languages and Cultures Institute opened in September 2006. It expanded
opportunities for learning a foreign language, especially for adults and non-traditional students. In 2006-
2007, over 150 students have had access to learning languages such as Spanish, French, Haitian Creole,
German, Mandarin, English as a second language and Latin. In addition, employees of The Bahamas
Telecommunications Company have had customized instruction in Haitian Creole. The Institute has also
offered a variety of cultural programmes which have included Spanish and French films, Hispanic
cultural evenings, Oktoberfest, Irish Pub Night, an evening with the Dicey-Doh Singers, Multicultural
Christmas performance and panel discussions and presentations on the European Union and Haiti.

The Student Experience and Student Success

Student enrolment and student choices

Figure 1 shows that Fall enrollment continues to increase.


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Figure 1: Evolution of Student Enrolment

Figure 2 shows the increase in the number of students that graduate with baccalaureate degrees rather
than with associate degrees. In Spring 2007, for the first time students (211) graduating with a
baccalaureate degree clearly outnumbered those graduating with an associate degree (186).







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Another indication of the shift from associate degree to baccalaureate is clear in our Fall 2007
enrolment data: among first-time enrolled students, 542 registered in baccalaureate programmes and
136 in associate degree programmes. While this also reflects the increase in baccalaureate programmes
available to students, it will now be our challenge to keep these students until they graduate as too
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Student retention and graduation rates

One of our challenges is to better track our students throughout their academic career at The College.
We wish to do this in order to maximize student retention and graduation rates. We also need to find
out what may hamper our students' progress. The first step is to ensure adequate student progress
tracking at the School level where the student has his or her major. While we did not progress as we
had hoped in this area, at least in one School, the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals
completed a first phase of tracking. The School now knows the exact number of students in each
programme and the projected graduation date. In the next phase, the School will ensure that the
courses needed are offered and will pay special attention to students who have difficulties in meeting
the specific requirements of the School.

We are particularly challenged in matters of retention and graduation rates by the number of students
who come to The College with the explicit intention of transferring out to other universities before
completing their degrees and those who attend part-time (40%). These are systemic issues which will

require a broad strategic approach, including, for
example, increasing the number of 300 and 400 level
courses. Figure 4 illustrates this. On the left is what we
have offered and on the right, a possible distribution
model for a normal four-year degree institution. In 2006,
51% of the course sections we offered were at The
College Prep or 100 level. Clearly, we need to allocate
resources at the higher levels and to increase our
offerings of 300 and 400 level courses. To do that,
however, we will need to explore possibilities of having

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Supporting Faculty Growth and Professional Development

Faculty complement

The total count of academic personnel at the beginning of the 2007 academic year, including faculty,
librarians, counselors, research officers is 245; the total teaching faculty as of Fall 2007 is 213. Figure 5
shows the distribution of faculty by School by highest academic qualification.

Figure 5: Distribution of regular faculty

Over the past 17 years, there has been a clear increase in the number of graduate degrees held by
faculty as well as a significant increase in the number of doctoral degree holders (Figures 6 and 7).


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Figure 7: Faculty Highest Degree in 2007

The faculty are also increasingly Bahamian (Figures 8 and 9). While this is a clear success story for The

College and for The Bahamas, it also raises the question of what might be an ideal mix of Bahamian and

international faculty if we are to define ourselves as a university on the international stage.



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Faculty development and professional activities

Considerable success was achieved in the areas of promotion of faculty development, the enhancement

of scholarship and preparation for university. Forty-eight faculty members attended international

conferences with financial assistance from The College and 11 presented at international conferences.

Under the leadership of Drs. Marjorie Brooks-Jones and lan Strachan, the School of English Studies also

hosted The West Indian Literature Conference. Three faculty members presented papers at this

conference which included West Indian and other international universities.

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Two School of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals faculty members also presented at the Caribbean
Nurses Organization Conference held in The Bahamas this past academic year.

There has been much progress in the areas of faculty development (especially at the doctoral level) and
faculty recruitment at the Ph.D. level. Five faculty members are currently on study leave, with two of
them slated to complete their programmes by the end of the academic year 2007-2008.

Three faculty members from the Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences and one faculty from the Culinary
and Hospitality Management Institute (CHMI) were approved for doctoral studies in Fall 2007.
Additionally two faculty members, Drs. lan Strachan and Kirkley Sands were approved for Sabbatical
leave in Fall 2007. Also noteworthy is Dr. Earle Johnson's attachment in China in July 2007. Additionally,
faculty who have yet to complete their doctoral dissertations are being provided with assistance to
complete their doctoral studies.

This year the recruitment efforts yielded seven faculty with doctorates. Unfortunately, this did not have
the expected effect on the percentage of faculty with doctorates as three faculty with Ph.D.s were
forced to resign at short notice because of family obligations.

Of some concern for the on-going development of the faculty and their professional achievements,
particularly with respect to research and to collegial governance and committee work, is the relatively
large number of faculty teaching overload courses. While we need the courses to be taught, such
overloads often make it difficult for faculty to assume other normal responsibilities expected in a

Faculty assessment

A new instrument for faculty assessment and evaluation has been under discussion. A joint committee
in partnership with The Union of Tertiary Educators of The Bahamas met over a period of seven months
and completed an interim report. The Committee is awaiting feedback and the report should be
complete in the 2007-2008 academic year.

In addition, discussions on the procedures for faculty promotion were held throughout the year and
these should come to end in 2007-2008 so that we can hold a promotion exercise.

Academic Administration

There were a number of staffing challenges in 2006-2007. The new Dean of Business left after only two
and a half months, leaving the School without effective Faculty leadership until a new Chair, Ms.
Remelda Moxey, of the School of Business was appointed January 2007. A new Dean should be
appointed and in post by July 2008. The CHMI had an Acting Executive Director until Dr. Lincoln Marshall
was appointed Executive Director in January 2007. The Dean of Pure and Applied Sciences was pressed
to carry out her usual duties in addition to those she also had as Acting Executive Director of the Marine
and Environmental Studies Institute. A new Dean, Dr. Brenda Cleare, has now been appointed and Dr.

Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey has assumed full-time duties as Executive Director of The Marine and
Environmental Studies Institute.

Building a Quality Academic Experience


During the academic year 2006-2007, Dr. Danny Davis, at the time an assistant professor of Chemistry,
chaired a quality improvement committee whose mandate was to improve the student registration
experience. The committee piloted online registration and made a number of other adjustments to
registration. While registration continues to be a challenge, students are aware that The College is
trying to solve this problem. Dr. Davis was later appointed Registrar with a specific mandate to ensure
adequate planning and to improve the overall registration experience of students.

This will require both technical and planning support. It may also require increased financial support to
ensure that our information technology environment is capable of delivering what students require and
what we want to offer them: a full set of appropriate courses and a stress free experience of

Academic planning

One of the key goals continues to be to develop processes for making an accurate projection of the
number of students that can be accommodated in a given academic year in order to make sure we can
actually offer the required courses to students we admit. Discussions began on this but we are still
challenged to provide enough course sections of required courses to be able to meet student needs.
The Deans have been asked to work with their Schools to determine the number of majors which can be
accommodated for each discipline. This information will be used in the next recruitment exercise.

Further, a concerted effort was made to increase the pool of part-time faculty and to add more general
education offerings. As a result, the majority of full-time students were able to register for at least four
courses. There are significant data validity issues with our current student information system and these
need to be addressed in order for us to deliver better academic course offering plans. The Registrar and
Department Chairs expect to resolve these issues in the course of 2007-2008.

Further, it should be noted that we have a number of required courses for all degree students in English
and in Mathematics and these put pressure on our ability to provide sufficient course sections, given
that class size is restricted.

Faculty- Based Academic Strategic Plans

While all Faculties and the CHMI are now expected to draft Strategic Plans in line with The College's
Strategic Plan, the CHMI had a jump start on this. In the summer 2006, a Steering Committee to support
the development of a shared direction for CHMI was charged with the responsibility of examining the
current structure of CHMI and making recommendations for its future operation. This committee, made

up of faculty and administrators, representatives from Ministries of Tourism, Labour and Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture, and prominent members of the hospitality industry, has produced a plan of
action which will augur well for CHMI's future.

Service Quality

One of the goals of our Strategic Plan is to offer high quality services across the campus, to make sure
that every interaction students have with The College whether inside or outside the classroom is one of
support and respect. The School of Business led the way in this and conducted a survey of students to
determine their level of satisfaction with the School and with The College in general. In the next
academic year we will examine selected processes and interactions with key departments such as the
Records Department with the goal of improving all student interactions with The College. We have also
held service quality workshops with all staff.


The Marine and Environmental Studies Institute (MESI), established in 2004, had operated without a
full-time Executive Director. Dr. Kathleen Sullivan-Sealey was appointed executive director in 2006 and
is now managing a number of projects, including one on the study of lionfish supported in part from a
grant of the Disney Foundation. The Poultry Research Unit is now fully operational, both producing high
quality poultry on a cyclical basis and experimenting with different strains and growth protocols. Plans
are underway for the establishment of a bio-diesel still.

An inroad was achieved also with respect to the Institute for Caribbean Regional Public Policy. Although
not an institute of The College, one faculty member agreed this summer to lead the work on a paper
that was to have been included in a submission as a part of a research project on the services industry in
the Caribbean. The project is sponsored by a Canadian partner, the Centre for International Governance
Innovation, and an American partner, the Inter-American Dialogue, in conjunction with the Caribbean
Policy Research Institute located in Jamaica. The College sought to become involved in the project as a
way of involving itself in this emerging network of policy research institutes.

At the Gerace Research Centre (GRC), San Salvador, new water tanks were installed and a molecular
laboratory was established. There were over 10,000 student night stays from, primarily, North American
colleges and universities. The GRC was also the venue for a College Senior Team Retreat, the Summer
Research Workshop Series 2007 mounted by the Office of Research, Graduate Programmes &
International Relations, and the 12th Symposium on the Natural History of The Bahamas (June 21st -
25th). These symposia have been taking place biennially since 1985 at the Gerace Research Centre.
The GRC continues to be a highly prized resource for The College and more use will be made of this
facility in 2008.

With respect to The Bahamas Environmental Research Centre (BERC), increasing the number and scope
of research activities and of field station experiences for students remains a challenge. However, part of
one cross listed course, in collaboration with Loyola University, was offered at the BERC.

Support for faculty research and conferences

A major thrust with respect to support for faculty research was the mounting of the Summer Research
Workshop Series 2007 held in San Salvador at the GRC. The challenge now is to create greater
momentum as we move from proposal and (pilot) project development/execution to submission, award
and successful implementation of grant proposals of major proportions. One of the important issues of
our transition to University is expanding the scope of faculty research and scholarly work.

A research publication was launched in 2006-2007 but more needs to be done to showcase faculty
research. We now intend to produce an on-line open source facility to produce the research journal. It
is anticipated that this will lead to greater visibility for our researchers. We also intend to appoint a
new editor and editorial board that will include expertise drawn from the pool of international partners
with whom we have relationships.

There were two major academic conferences held at The College. The first was the West Indian
Literature Conference hosted by the School of English Studies and the second was a joint invitational
conference on Canada and the Caribbean carried out in collaboration with faculty from McGill University
and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas.

A number of faculty also presented at Research Edge, our in-house monthly research forum, as did a
number of students. Faculty also presented internationally. Over the two-year period from 2004 to
2006, there were 50 research papers published in peer-reviewed journals, 26 faculty had book chapters
published and 106 faculty contributed to research-based reports on national committees/ projects.

A National Policy Research Fellowship Programme was launched and remains available for faculty who
wish to carry out funded policy work. We will continue to seek funding for this programme. There is
also a need to create a Research Advisory Board to support the development of needed policies and
practices with respect to research at The College/University of The Bahamas.

International Relations & Graduate Programmes
Efforts focused on areas that were placed in our path, specifically, South Africa, Canada, USA, Cuba, and
Ghana. Our reach must now extend into Europe and the Far East.

We signed agreements with the University of Johannesburg and the University of Rhode Island and we
expanded existing partnerships with Kent State University. Two students participated in an exchange
with The University of Rhode Island and one is currently participating in the Consortium of Overseas
Student Teaching (COST) posting in Ohio. With the newly appointed International Relations Liaison,
efforts can now be accelerated, with excellent prospects on the horizon for receiving 2-3 students from

The Hague as early as Spring 2008 and two potential Study Abroad opportunities this summer, one in
Cuba and one in Ghana.

Two administrative/faculty attachments occurred in Spring 2007, along with one faculty exchange in
summer 2007. Unfortunately two opportunities were lost, one for an attachment and another which
would have made way for the School of Business to receive a faculty member from the University of
Johannesburg. Hopefully with clearer protocols around these processes, we will be able to move more
deliberately to mount and execute these arrangements in a more timely fashion. In addition, the
challenge of housing for visiting faculty must be addressed to enable greater possibilities and greater
numbers of exchanges to be negotiated, agreed and facilitated. The College continues to offer graduate
programmes in partnership with other universities. These are listed in Table 1 below.

Table 1: Graduate programmes in partnership with other universities, 2006-2007

University Programme Enrolled Graduated
Kent State University, Ohio, USA MI:, ..I f,.lu,, i h. ';, r.h I ,,,,i n, jl...- ) IS

Mir lr 1..I f nll ll z IN 1 [ ll-l I Ii'l'l.nl. II

Wheelock College. Boston. USA Mi ...l l I.I ... .n .. ln Clihll.hi...i.l in l I .i.n nr. y fi .olu i..m .:'i

Ashford University Clinton, USA M,:r.r ..I Air:. in1,- .hn, j L ~tr..rnr nij ,n i r. hn..l..ir 1r II)

University of South Florida, USA Mr .- ..I li i .. LIni'ny I.I ....... I ... 'rr...r .

The College is currently in negotiation with Roger Williams University (Rhode Island) to offer a Master of
Public Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing with Kent State University, while
simultaneously setting the foundation for the launch of its own graduate programmes beginning with
the development of The College/University of The Bahamas Master in Business Administration and a
Master of Arts in Teaching.SS



Institute for Educational Leadership

The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) was launched in February 2007, in New Providence and in
March 2007, in Grand Bahama. Designed to respond to the professional training needs of serving and
aspiring educational leaders, the IEL will offer certification programmes and short
courses/workshops/seminars on a regular schedule and on an as needs basis. The IEL launched the

Leadership Diploma programme in New Providence with two cohorts (one from New Providence and
one from the Family Islands) and in Grand Bahama with one cohort. Forty-one persons enrolled in
cohorts one and two in New Providence and twenty persons enrolled in Grand Bahama. Two new
cohorts (38 persons) entered the programme in July 2007. In the near future, the Public Service
Commission will require persons presenting for leadership posts in schools, to have completed the
diploma in leadership.

Inclusive Education Institute

The Inclusive Education Institute (IEI) has been proposed to be launched in 2007-2008. Intended to
provide serving professionals with skills that would equip them to deliver the special education needs of
students in a regular classroom, IEl will offer certification programmes and short course/
workshops/seminars on a regular schedule and on an as needs basis. Using available technology it will
attract participants from throughout the country and beyond.

Institute for Small Island States

This initiative was undertaken in collaboration with the Office of Research, Graduate Programmes and
International Relations. A proposal was developed and submitted to UNESCO for support. Ultimately,
our bid was not successful. Nevertheless, we continue to see the development of studies and research
on small island developing states as an area where we should participate.

Institute for Public Sector Innovation

The Institute for Public Sector Innovation (IPSI) will collaborate with the Public Service Training
department to enhance professional development opportunities for members of the public service. In
Spring 2007, the Office of Outreach worked along with Mr. Abraham Butler to develop the frame for the
IPSI. A plan to launch IPSI with the programme, Operation Second Chance, an initiative designed to
upgrade 700 temporary employees, was developed but not executed. The new government wished to
review these plans. In 2007-2008, we intend to reactivate Operation Second Chance in collaboration
with government. We also hope to develop a certificate programme in accounting for middle level

Distance Education Development

Distance education plan

A Distance Education Committee was established. Members of the committee included representatives
from the School of Nursing, the School of Sciences and Technology, Libraries and Instructional Media
Services, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Education. The Exuma Centre joined the
committee via video link. The plan, though not fully developed, has begun to identify the modalities to
be used, the policies to be developed, the staff to be engaged, the training to be undertaken and the
equipment to be procured. Much of the insights reflected in the plan result from visits to institutions in
Florida and Ohio. Further collaboration with regional agencies is expected in 2007-2008.

Distance education training

The Office of Outreach has established a relationship with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the
Commonwealth body that focuses on developing open systems of education. Through COL we have
been able to benefit from training in other parts of The Commonwealth: Maria Woodside-Oriaki,
Associate Professor in Mathematics, spent three weeks in Indonesia learning how to prepare material
for distance education and being exposed to the e-learning platform module. In November, Dr. Carlton
Watson travelled to Samoa to participate in a similar exercise.

Web-based courses

A growing number of courses are being offered via the web. The Schools of Business, Education,
Communication and Creative Arts, Sciences and Technology, Nursing, Social Sciences and the Culinary
and Hospitality Management Institute all offer web-based courses. In Fall 2006, the School of Education
launched the on-line Diploma in Education. Worthy of note is the delivery of Mathl40 over the web to
students in Andros and Abaco during Summer 2007.

Presence in Family Islands

The College's presence in the Family Islands, although not as widespread as we would like, is increasing.
This year we have been able to re-establish a presence in Eleuthera where we offered the single phase
electrical programme and the journeyman plumbing programme. Having completed talks with the
District Superintendent's office, The College will launch upgrading initiatives in this academic year.
Despite our facility in San Salvador, we have not been using the Gerace Research Centre to the
advantage of the local population. Consequently in spring, we undertook a needs assessment to
determine where The College could offer support.

We have received a request from Cat Island to bring programmes there. We expect to respond to this
request in academic year 2007-2008.

The following courses were offered in the Family Islands for the first time:
Single Phase Electrical Certification Review completed in North Central Andros (14
individuals), in Exuma (12 individuals), in Eleuthera (16 individuals), and in South Andros (18
Journeyman Plumbing completed in North and Central Andros (12 individuals)
Certificate in Business Administration- Abaco & Andros

Turks and Caicos Link

The link with the Turks and Caicos Islands has been established, principally through the Haitian
migration study, sponsored by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Having completed a
similar study in The Bahamas, IOM asked that we replicate it in Turks and Caicos Islands. We are in
conversation with the Minister of Education and the Principal of the community college in Turks to agree
on other areas of collaboration.

Initiatives in Continuing Education and Extension Services

Service quality

For a long time the registration process for Continuing Education and Extension Services (CEES)
administered courses has been a source of discouragement for potential clients. The process not only
required potential clients to make several trips between Moss Road and the main campus, it also
required them to wait for weeks to be given a student number and have the registration completed.
After several consultations with the relevant offices, we were able to design a system that improved the
efficiency and effectiveness of the process. Training on the student information system was provided
for staff thereby increasing the number of persons with the capacity to admit and register CEES
students. While there is still refining to be done, clients no longer need to make several trips between
Moss Road and the main campus and they do not need to wait for a student number.

The approval process for facilitators had also been a source of delays. It had been a fairly long and
arduous one requiring a great number of approvals, including Council's. We have now streamlined the
process while continuing to ensure that we hire qualified and appropriate facilitators for all our courses.

Academic upgrading courses and programmes

The Academic Upgrading department delivered 148 courses to 3,267 individuals. The department
introduced a new programme, Residential Care Givers, for the Department of Social Services. The
programme was developed and delivered to 20 individuals in the Department of Social Services.

Professional development

The Professional Development Department offered 57 courses/workshops to 658 individuals. The
following new programmes were introduced:
Project Management Certification offered to 18 individuals in Fall 2006.
How to Work with and Mentor Difficult People (Seminar)
Real Estate Certification Programme (developed in conjunction with Bahamas Real Estate

Personal development

Sixty-three personal development courses/workshops were offered to 753 individuals.The department
introduced two new courses: Microsoft Excel (Advanced) and Personal Trainer.

Student Services and Campus Life

Student Life

Six students were certified as student leaders at the National Certified Student Leaders Workshop in
Orlando, Florida in November 2006. Four students attended and participated in the annual Global Youth

Leaders Summit held in the Virgin Islands. Students were more involved in the management and
governance of Campus Life when we hired Mr. Theo Cooper (a graduating senior) as Campus Life
Assistant in January 2007 to coordinate activities from the student perspective.

A Campus Life Advisory Council was established, chaired by and composed of College of The Bahamas
students with the responsibility of planning activities for students. The number of clubs and
organizations increased by two: Delta Sigma Theta and CHMI Toastmasters Club. The CHMI club was
later installed as the newest chapter during Spring 2007. Additional benches on campus for students
were made available for students who prefer quiet spaces as was a Mini-Band Shell in Independence
Park for events by and for students.

The College Intramural Programme was expanded by adding: Flag Football, Chess, Soccer, Volleyball,
Music Entertainment, Swimming and Bench Press. Student activities and intramural activities were
expanded at the Northern Bahamas Campus with the establishment of the Grand Bahama Campus
Bowling League, 5K Run/Walk and Health Fair.

Athletic sports teams began to travel internationally. At the end of the year, The College was admitted
to the Florida Sun Conference and varsity teams are now competing internationally.

The Student Union Building (SUB) was partially renovated and dormitory improvements were made to
enhance the student experience in the Residential Halls. A Campus Life Assessment Committee
assessed the Campus Life Programme using the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher
Education Self-Assessment Instrument and results were used to improve the Campus Life Department.
The College administered the NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) through the Planning
Office and results are being used to support planning. Directors and staff members were assisted in
identifying their areas of strength and re-assignments are being made in the appropriate areas.

Student Success Initiatives

Counselling & Health Services (C&HS) department increased its "early warning" efforts to ensure that
students do not fall through the cracks. C&HS Department partnered with faculty to identify and refer
students exhibiting "early symptoms". Freshman Orientation seminar lecturers have been asked to refer
students with identifiable symptoms to the C&HS Department "early' in the semester. Success
Workshops have been included in New Student Orientation.

Student Leadership & Community Services

The Office of Student Leadership was established with Ms. Lottis Shearer as Director. The President's
Scholars Programme is housed under the Office of Student Leadership. The College signed an agreement
to establish an international leadership success organization the National Leadership Success Society
for students with minimum GPA of 3.00. More student leadership programmes are planned.

Community Service is a requirement of leadership programmes, clubs and organizations. The
community service element of the Freshman Orientation course has been expanded. A list of

community service agencies has been compiled and will be increased. Projects will be identified with
which the various clubs and organizations and leadership programmes can become involved.

The Northern Bahamas Campus

The Academic Year 2006-2007 started out on a positive note as we oriented over 100 students to the
Northern Campus of the College. Student enrollment increased and was pegged at just over 600.

Improvement to Facilities

In September 2006 we reopened a newly refurbished, state-of-the-art Student Resource Center. The
Grand Bahama Port Authority funded the refurbishment, which included ten new flat screen computers,
several printers, data projector, overhead projector, laminating machine and other equipment., By
December we had received a $10,000 donation from the Ginn Company, for the purchase of computers.

The School of English converted the student seminar room to a language media center, outfitted with
computers, DVD player, other equipment, videotapes, DVDs, etc. for students and faculty. A new office
was established for adjunct faculty. The lounge area to Annex B was enhanced by additional furniture
and equipment. A Nursing lab was set up in B-3 for advanced bachelor students. The main building was
made wireless. New computers were purchased and old ones replaced. The assessment and inventory
of technology was completed. We also installed voice mail to users at the Northern Bahamas Campus.
Beautification of the grounds continued.

More email addresses were acquired, especially for graduating seniors, and they were kept up-to-date
on activities. The same was true for alumni. Databases were even available for the bowling league and
Student Resource Center users.

New Campus

Site works are almost completed for the first phase. Bids are now being tendered for the construction,
which is scheduled to begin in 2008.

Academic Programme Offerings, Student Advising and Campus Life

Courses were offered for majors in Business, Education, and Hospitality; general education courses were
offered for students starting their programs in Freeport. A cohort of registered nurses enrolled to
complete their B.Sc. Continuing Education and Extension Services continued to offer courses and
programmes in relation to community interest. Management, computers, upgrading, single phase
electrical were some that were offered this year.

There continues to be a decline in enrolment in culinary and hospitality education and training and the
number of degree majors was just over 20 this year.

Faculty have received further training in advisement and on the use of the student information system
in preparation for online registration. They are also analyzing entry levels of all students in order to
gauge graduation rates. More independent studies were offered to accommodate students close to
graduation. Full courses or sections were added to ensure that students could enroll in fuller course
loads. More courses were offered and 78 students graduated this year, the largest number since we
started holding our own ceremonies in 2004.

A student Campus Life Committee was established and it is expanding student activities opportunities.
An annual Fun Run/Walk was held in January. Additionally, our first Wellness Fair was held. All events
were very successful with great participation from the College and the community at large.

Faculty Professional Development

Faculty attended a number of training workshops and were nominated for awards, one being a finalist
for the Ministry of Tourism's Cacique Awards. The School of English Studies presented a Poetry and
Reading symposium entitled "Native Voices" in Spring 2007, with featured artists Marion Bethel and
Obadiah Michael Smith. English faculty attended the West Indian Literature Conference in Nassau.
Faculty participated in both national and international conferences and some published chapters in
academic books and had peer-reviewed papers published. A group of students went with faculty to
California to attend the Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Development Annual Conference.

Non-academic Staff Development Activities

The academic capacity of the College is supported by a dedicated and talented support staff of some
360 personnel. Their contribution to the mission and success of the College is fully appreciated and
therefore requires constant attention and allocation of resources to enable the staff to continually
improve their capacity and performance. The College with the assistance of consultants designed and
implemented a training program in Quality Service Improvement during the 2006-2007 academic year.
This three level program was attended by 354 staff. At the basic level the focus was on customer service.
At the supervisory level the programme dealt with a combination of customer service and leadership
development. And at the senior level, the programme included change management as well as
leadership development and customer service. This training programme was conducted in 25 small
group sessions over a period of two weeks.

The College is also developing a skills assessment matrix for the formulation of detailed training
curriculum for the College. Individual jobs are being fully researched to determine the skills needed for
each position within the College. The result of this work will be the development of a specific training
designed to meet the needs of each individual and allow for those persons who have the same skill
requirements to attend highly structured training while making the best use of training/educational

Staff development includes allowing selected staff to pursue college degrees on paid study leave. Two
new staff members were approved this year bringing the total to seven personnel (5 in Bachelor
progammes and 2 in Master degree programmes) attending classes here and abroad during this past
year. Each person is selected based upon their degree choice and the relevance of that degree to their
position. They are bonded for service to the College following degree completion. Seventeen (17)
employees enjoyed tuition assistance from the College and attend class on a part time basis. In addition
the College routinely sends staff employees to professional development seminars and conferences
throughout the year.

The College conducts monthly staff forums where all staff is invited to meet with the President and
Senior Staff and discuss issues important to the staff. The President provides current information on
plans and policies and openly talks about resource allocations and changes. The forums allow for
personnel to express opinions and offer suggestions.

The College is concerned about professional development of the staff. Using well established criteria,
the College considered 51 candidates for promotion and approved 47 staff to higher rank in the past
year. These promotions recognized past performance, qualifications and potential.

Financial Review

Audited Statements for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007

The College does not have fully audited financial statements for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006. The
work to feed the auditors, Pannell Kerr Forster (PKF), information in the form of various schedules is
completed for 2004 and 2005. This allows the auditors to complete their analysis with supporting
documents for each of those years and that work is currently ongoing by PKF. The Grant Thornton
consultants are working to complete the 2006 data/schedules. They estimate this work will be finished
by December 2007. The information for 2006 is complicated by the transition of accounting systems that
took place at the beginning of the financial year (FY) 2005-2006 to Great Plains. PKF plans to submit a
combined audit report for the three years (2004, 2005, and 2006). This report is expected in January

Our intention is to audit the 2006-2007 year as soon as the earlier audits are complete given that we
need the corrected/adjusted financial data from 2005-2006 in order to begin the 2006-2007 audit.

Budget 2007-2008

The following is the summary of our budget for 2007-2008 (Table 2). In 2007-2008, we received a
recurring increase in our government grant from $19,913,000 to $26,751,530. This will essentially cover
the increased costs resulting from collective agreements signed in 2006 of $2,575,144. It will also serve
to allow for ever increasing operational expenses as The College prepares for the transition to University
status. The added funding importantly helps support our strategic plan initiatives and improve support

to our students. In addition, government has also attributed a special grant for the support of Family
Island students and we are currently developing a set of policies and guidelines for the use of these
funds. Further, we continue to be challenged with capital budgets as we urgently need to renovate and
build in order to meet quality standards expected of a University.

Table 2: Budget 2007-2008

2007/2008 Projected Revenues

Government Subvention

Tuition and Fees


Government Scholarship

Government Capital

Carryover Cash



While the Library in New Providence and the Northern
Bahamas Campus, Grand Bahama, remain our top
capital projects, we need also to build facilities in the

sciences, student residences, new and renovated
$16,541,265 faculty offices and more. We are in the process of
setting priorities within our long range capital
development plan and finalizing various scenarios for
$1,000,000 the Master Plan in New Providence and Grand




2007/2008 Projected Expenses

Salary and Benefits


Capital Projects

Strategic Reserve







Finally, we hope to review with government the need
to establish an enrolment-driven, discipline-sensitive
funding formula which can ensure that we can serve
the students we admit and offer them full schedules
as well as develop needed programmes which may be
more expensive to deliver, as in the sciences for

Capital Development

The College requires new and renovated facilities to
meet the needs of faculty, students and staff and to
build the foundation for The University of The
Bahamas. A number of projects are already
underway. In many cases, work on these crossed or
will cross over several budget years. The following
table (Table 3) provides a report which is up to date as
of December 2007.



Bahamas Campus

Performing Arts

Wellness Center

Dorm C

City Market

Computer Center

CEES Admin

Phase 1: Site Works Under construction. 90% complete

Phase 2: Buildings Designed. Bids due mid December 2007. Construction
starts in February 2008 to take 16-18 months. Financing through bank loan
and bond issue.

Renovation of existing auditorium is 85 % completed. Expected to be
operational not later than February 15, 2008

New building is substantially complete. New fitness equipment is installed
and operational.

Renovation of existing building is 85% complete. Ready for occupancy
February 2008

Build out of leased facility completed

In design. Construction in early 2008 to take 4-6 months.

In design. Construction in Spring 2008 to take 8-12 months.

$1,333,209 $10,192,874







$140,106 $140,106

$8,950 $800,000

$27,500 $1,048,750

Table 3: Capital Development Projects in Progress

Phase 1: Tucker Road- Completed

Phase 2: Parking Lot- 85% completed. Balance following completion of

Phase 3: Library Building- Original design bid was over budget. Primary
contractor selected. Re-design completed to reduce project cost as a joint
effort between architect, contractor, project manager and the College of
The Bahamas. Construction contract being drafted by project manager.
Estimated start of construction is February 2008 to take 24 months.
Financing through bank loan and bond issue.

Phase 4: Landscaping to be designed.


I. Financing model in development as per Council decision to seek
bond issue.
II. We are in discussion with The Lyford cay Foundation to begin a
project creating the 'virtual library' as early as 2008. This would
outfit the Library with information technology tools which are
fully compatible with this capital project.

Cost to


Total Cost

$ 29,279 601

Alumni Relations and Development (AR&D)

In July 2006, The College began to expand its alumni relations and development activities. As of Fall
2007, there are three staff members in the department which operates out of the President's Office.
These are Ms. Kendra Moss, Alumni Relations & Development Assistant, Ms. Yolanda Darville,
Development Associate, and Ms. Felicity Humblestone, Director of Development. AR&D supports and
implements programmes and infrastructure for our alumni and donor communities. AR&D works to
increase private investment in The College and to engage our alumni community in varied and
meaningful ways. The AR&D team is supported by Mather-Leigh, a Canadian professional firm providing
counsel in strategic planning and development. AR&D now has a detailed eighteen-month strategic plan
with milestones, task lists and deliverables produced for AR&D staff, senior team and consultants.

A number of development policies were adopted during this period. These include: Gift Acceptance
Policy; In Memoriam Gift Policy; Naming Policy and Campaign Counting Policy. Guidelines were also
developed with respect to student awards funding minima and with respect to endowed and directly-
funded scholarships.

We have been laying the ground for a major capital campaign. Campaign Planning and campaign
planning research is now complete. This included assessment of The College of The Bahamas
stewardship which examined all previous donors to the College, how well we have kept our donors
informed and engaged and the strength of the relationship. Proposals and Memorandum of
Understanding templates were developed and used with prospective donors. Campaign giving pyramids
have been developed articulating the number of prospects and the number of gifts that we will require
in order to reach the campaign goal. A campaign operating plan is being written detailing all required
aspects of running the campaign successfully including prospect analytics, annual fund in the campaign,
goals, volunteers, College leadership, policies and procedures etc. We have also recruited two high
profile campaign co-chairs, developed the campaign cabinet structure and begun additional

The College carried out a "let's reconnect" campaign to identify College alumni and we hired students to
trace contact information for the complete list of graduates that was compiled from the graduation
records. This process is ongoing and, to date, up-to-date contact information for more than 1,500 out of
some 10,000 graduates has been collected and recorded. Tracing and data collection continue to be high
priority and once a candidate for the full-time position in Alumni Relations and Annual Fund is recruited,
this will be a large area of focus. The College increased private giving in 2006-2007, led by the stellar
lead gift of $1M from Franklyn R. Wilson and Sharon Wilson. The College has now completed initial
studies to establish potential levels of giving to a major capital campaign and is actively building the case
for support of The University of the Bahamas. We have also recruited some wonderful volunteers that
help The College achieve goals in alumni relations and fundraising, including the Faculty & Staff Annual
Fund Co-Chairs, the Alumni Association Executive, the Alumni Annual Fund Class Champions, the Class of
1977 30th Reunion Committee, search and advisory committee volunteers and many more. Generosity,

of time and funds, from our alumni and friends communities are helping us build The University of The

In addition, we have been developing the infrastructure to provide appropriate stewardship of the gifts
we receive. Finally, we continue to work closely with The Lyford Cay Foundation which holds an
endowment of over $6M in student financial aid for The College of The Bahamas and which has
generously pledged $5M in support of the Library. The College received $1.8 million in gifts & pledges
from July 1 2006 through June 30 2007.

Communications and Public Relations


A new website was built and is a major improvement over the original in terms of appearance,
navigability and maintenance. The website continues to require attention as it is the major tool for
students and others to learn about The College and further work is planned for 2007-2008.

Public Relations & Publications

Our press conferences, media advisories and news releases received excellent coverage from the media.
Through our media colleagues, we have recommended faculty and staff for broadcast media
opportunities when they arise. Special events have been many and people and activities have received
much media attention through our press conferences, radio and television appearances, news releases,
advertising and publications. Events have included:
Oktoberfest (October, 2006)
Science Week (November, 2006)
Hall of Fame Induction (November, 2006) and Plaque Unveiling
Launch of the Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture (November, 2006).
Libraries and Instructional Media Services' Lunch & Litigation (January, 2007)
COB/URI Signing of Exchange Accord (February, 2007)
Launch of the Institute for Educational Leadership (February, 2007)
Education Awareness Week (February, 2007)
Business Week (March, 2007)
Colour of Harmony (March, 2007)
The West Indian Literature Conference (March, 2007)
Canada/Caribbean Conference led by Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada (May,
Commencement Week 2007 (Nassau and Freeport May-June, 2007)

Preparations for Jazz Under the Stars

The COB monthly Jeff Lloyd "Real Talk" Radio Show continued, giving faculty, staff and special guests
opportunities to talk about their work. Among those featured have been author Fred D'Aguiar, Chef Bo
Friberg, School of Education personnel and many more. A number of opportunities for radio and
television appearances were organized for College personnel on such shows as "Morning Boil"-Island
FM, "Sunday Conversations with Patty Roker"-Island FM; "The Way Forward" with Michael Pintard-
Gems Radio; "Bahamas @ Sunrise" television show. Our video footage of various events has run
regularly on Cable 12, the national television station (ZNS) and Cable have frequently used our video
news releases. The College provided the media with reliable sources of information. We continued the
Partnership for Literacy with The Tribune, which has resulted in the ongoing serialization of books in the
newspaper and in the annual Literacy supplement. The programme of readings by local writers has
expanded to include the National Art Gallery as a partner. Several members of The School of Sciences
and Technology wrote articles for Tribune Earth Day Supplement.

The following publications were produced: Catalogue/Calendar; View book; Student Handbook;
Brochures, including two for the Counseling and Health Services Department; advertising copy;
Commencement Week 2007 activities and
collaterals and The College of The
Bahamas Research magazine. The
"Snapper" and "Sprat" were also Profesor.
produced. ...
Piol ",,,' I .r

And on a Final Note

In 2006, The College of The Bahamas was .
the country's 16th largest employer. While
it will be our academic and innovation 0', i
work which will drive prosperity and
development, our presence is in itself a I
source of large economic activity. Not ........:..
only do we provide employment for 597
people (Figure 10), we also welcome
nearly 5,000 students who are active in uopuiin~ ni, Physal
staff, 102 hysca
the Bahamian economy as well as Plant 35
increasing their own earning power. The
College is an important source of
economic activity.
Figure 10: Distribution of 597 employees at The College

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