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Recent comments about proposed academic policies

Tiffany Scott

Submitted on 2014/09/15 at 7:45 pm

Upon evaluating the list of proposed policies, here are my humble opinions on most:

+Attendance policy – very good idea, should have been implemented a long time ago. It may be a little harsh. More commonly, with each additional absence (after 2-4) a student may drop half a letter grade, not completely fail. A good idea, but reconsider consequence.

-Student dress code – should be removed. Is highly discouraging for new students. As an alumni, I would have honestly reconsidered applying if this was in force before I came.

++Grad school policy – good idea, there shouldn’t be C’s in grad school…

—Community service policy – should be optional (not a requirement). Please remember that you WANT students to attend your school, as opposed to the many other options…

-Cayman history – should be optional. A high school diploma is required for admittance to college and in high school you are required to take history…

English/Math competency test – GOOD IDEA

—-Homework – Should be evaluated further. Seems like way too much homework.

Good luck and please continue to keep in mind the future of ICCI and the impact of these policies on potential new students and current ones as well.

Cheers.

Marghanita – 33 minutes ago

Really, uniform?! am I correctly interpreting this email? Are we in high school?! We are working class individuals who sometimes can’t even make it to class exactly 5:30; Doc. Marshall are you suggesting we change our attire to your suggested Khaki dress code for class? Really?

20 hours of community service? I agree with community service; but please tell us how we”ll accomplish 20 hours with a full-time job and a family. Some of us work 6-7 day a week.

Caymanian history – no problem but we need a what to graduate?! It this immigration?! This should be an extra curricular activity for those who need it for stastus purposes; it should not be apart of graduation.

We are trying to move forward not backward, life is already hard as it is, why are you making it harder.

Mellisa – 3 hours ago

missed absences* sorry

Mellisa – 3 hours ago

I understand the need of trying to surpass all academic expectations for the college as well as trying to build its stance in the community as well respected institution. However, I assumed whilst registering for the college that one of its goals were to accommodate students that are from the working class, hence the night classes. Some of the new proposed policies are more hindering to my education than it is assisting it. I can only speak for myself as I work six days per week and my shifts are not consistent times. A policy allowing me to only have three absences or risk a failure is, I believe, very inconsiderate as there are students who attend school, are parents, and possess a full time job. If this policy is put in place I think there should be some options given so that the students can compensate for their missed presences such as online classes or as Mr. Craig Walker suggested, excused absences.

Craig Walker – 10 hours ago

The homework policy is required by the accrediting body, therefore is a must. The only problem is the verification. The academic standing, graduation, seminar, community service and English and Math competency are all fine.

The student dress code appears draconian in that college is a relaxed learning environment. I would prefer students learn as opposed to being dressed all day and evening. As long as they don’t come to school in pajamas and pink fuzzy slippers, I am okay with whatever they wear.

The workshop idea is an excellent one, but I would relax the standard of 90%. For those seeking permanent residence, it is a real benefit.

The graduate school issue of having 2 C’s and out is difficult as both a student and instructor. As an instructor, I would feel remiss in not placing the grade acquired by the student, but worry about the student’s academic career. This could lead to grade inflation by instructors, real or perceived. It does motivate the student to achieve a higher standard by placing minimum standards.

The biggest concern I have is the attendance policy. In school, I had instructors who required attendance (including one who allowed 1 absence and then removed 2 letter grades per class missed) and those who did not require attendance. My wife and I talked about this last night and she said mandatory attendance is part of ACICS. She was responsible for calling students missing class. Her schools relied on student aid money to make money. In the end, I believe attendance does further understanding, but worry about the standard at 85%. Many students have commitments to work that require them to miss. I would prefer a policy of 85% attendance with any additional misses needing an excused absence. Those can be determined by an attendance person. Excused absences can start as early as the first miss.

International College of the Cayman Islands proposed academic policies

Dear International College of the Cayman Islands Community:

In an effort to increase academic and career readiness of our students, the following proposals are being offered for review and comment before heading to the ICCI Board of Trustees meeting for consideration on September 27, 2014.

The staff reviewed this first round September 13, 2014 Click here to see the staff who participated in the review.

Most of the new policies will only apply to new students starting classes September 29, 2014 and readmitted students.

All students regardless of catalogue year will be subject to the attendance policy, the homework policy, and the dress code policy.

You may provide feedback on these policies by using the poll below or by clicking the “leave a comment” link at the end of this blog posting.

Policies for Review:

Homework Policy

Academic Standing Policy

Graduation Policy

Attendance Policy

Seminar Policy

Student Dress Code

Community Service Policy

Workshop on Caymanian History and Culture

Graduate School GPA Policy

English and Math Competency

Next week the staff will discuss the following policies for publication and review. These will appear here in the blog:

1. Graduate School Admissions

2. Undergraduate Admissions

3. Senior Workplace Readiness Requirements

4. Accounting and Broadcasting as Signature Programs

5. External Validation Policy

6. Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

New Appointments for ICCI

Hello all:

I am very pleased to announce the following appointments to the ICCI staff:

Meisha Chatrie
Meisha Chatrie

1. Meisha Chatrie – Director of Student Support Services
Meisha comes to us most recently from the Lighthouse School as a special education teacher. She also serves as
​​ ​a ​​faculty member teaching social problems. Meisha earned a M.A. in Special Education and a B.S. in Psychology, both from Delaware State University, USA. Meisha will be the College’s chief retention officer and academic coach working to ensure student success from orientation through graduation.

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2. Simone Clifford-Ebanks – ICCI Career Coach
Simone has moved from her position as Admissions Representative to ICCI Career Coach. To date there have been four workshops sponsored out of her office. Also, two ICCI students have landed jobs with her assistance. Simone will be working with students on resume building, interview skills, and job search strategies. Her goal is to ensure that each ICCI graduate has a job, gets a raise, or
​lands ​a promotion as the result of his/her ICCI education. She will also be working with unemployed ICCI graduates in their job searches.

Autry Foster
Autry Foster

3. Autry Foster- Interim Treasurer
Autry has been the long time accountant at ICCI, but will be stepping in as the Interim Treasurer of the College. Autry has been instrumental in helping the College sure-up financial practices and guiding long-term financial planning.

Robert Lynch
Robert Lynch

4. Robert Lynch- Manager ICCI FM/Media Manager
Robert is a radio and TV p roducer with over 12 years experience in the media industry. He has worked with Television Jamaica, NCU FM, The Jamaica Information Service, Love Television, and New Birth Productions. He has played a key role in the development of Praise 87.9FM and (CATV) for the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He earned a BA in Mass Communication from Northern Caribbean University – Jamaica. He starts officially August 1.

Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith

5. Melissa Smith- Director of Admissions
Melissa comes to ICCI from the Seventh-day Adventist Conference. She is an alumna of the College and is currently enrolled in the graduate program. Melissa has been actively involved in recruiting new students to ICCI since starting. Thanks to her work to date, the College’s fall numbers look promising.

Lisa Wood
Lisa Wood

6. Lisa Wood – Business Manager
Lisa Wood has been promoted from Assistant Business Manager to Business Manager. Her focus will be on managing student accounts and efficiency of College operations. Lisa has been with ICCI for three years working in multiple capacities.

 Dr. S’rah Yisrael
Dr. S’rah Yisrael

7. Dr. S’rah Yisrael – ​International ​President of the ICCI ​ Alumni Association
Dr. Yisrael is joining the College in a voluntary capacity to serve a​s the International President of the ICCI Alumni Association. She will work with alumni over the course of the next year with the ultimate goal of hosting an election where alumni ​will vote-in their own slate​ ​ ​of ​officers starting 2015-2016. In the interim, she will be soliciting support for student scholarships and managing the social media presence of the alumni association. Dr. Yisrael is organizing an alumni event for Sunday August 17, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. and for Founders’ Days Weekend September 26, 27, 28, 2014 (save the dates)​.

Dr. Yisrael holds a MS in Management from ICCI. She earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership: Higher Education from ​ Argosy University​.​, USA

​There are ​two additional positions which will be announced pending final approvals.

Welcome to all!

Best,

Dave