NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION GUIDELINES FOR REQUESTING NCTE`s SUPPORT FOR INTRODUCING NEW PROGRAMMES IN PUBLIC TERTIARY EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS INTRODUCTION
The Act establishing the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) enjoins the Council to advise the Minister on the development of institutions of tertiary education in Ghana. The Council is also required to enquire into the financial needs of institutions of tertiary education and advise the Minister accordingly. Currently, both the National Council for Tertiary Education and the National Accreditation Board (NAB) have roles to play in the introduction and accreditation of new programmes in tertiary education institutions. It has therefore, become necessary to develop guidelines to clarify the respective roles of these two supervisory bodies. For the avoidance of doubt, a programme is defined as a specialized field of study in a tertiary education institution. A programme consists of a number of courses including both required and elective courses, each having its own individual credit weighting. Purpose of Guidelines
The purpose of these guidelines for mounting of new programmes in tertiary education institutions is to prevent duplication of effort at both the system and institutional levels. NCTE`s support for new programmes should precede the processes leading to programme accreditation, an exercise which is within the remit of the National Accreditation Board. NCTE`s support for commencement of new programmes is not accreditation.
Specifically, the purpose of the guidelines is to:
Ensure that the objectives of new academic programmes align with national development objectives;
Determine whether or not public funds should be expended on the programme; and
Ensure that the programme aligns with the mission of the institution.
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