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…
Key to Organizational Transformation
and Global Competitiveness
Presenters:
DR. GILLIAN PAUL – COSTAATT Academic Affairs
MS. JUDY WHILBY – COSTAATT Library Services
PRESENTATION OUTLINE…
• Defining the Problem…
– WHY COSTAATT?
• Understanding the Context…
– WHAT DOES HIGHER EDUCATION LOOK
LIKE TODAY?
• Understanding the Task…
– WHERE ARE OUR INSTITUTIONS NOW?
PRESENTATION OUTLINE…
• Exploring Solutions and Strategies…
– ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO THE GOAL
• Technology as Strategic Advantage
– WILL THIS ROAD LEAD TO THE COLLEGE?
• Choosing a Technology Solution…
– HOW TO DECIDE?
PRESENTATION OUTLINE…
• Implementing the Solution…
– ARE WE ALL ON THE SAME ROAD?
• 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….

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 Development
LIMITED ACCESS…

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 Development
WEAK IMPACT ON ECONOMIC 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
• 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 COSTAATT…
• COSTAATT comprises the following
institutions:

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 COSTAATT…
• COSTAATT comprises the following
institutions:
THE NIHERST TEACHING DIVISIONS…
 College of Health Sciences
 College of Nursing
 Information Technology College
 School of Languages
 Business Management Department
 General Education Division
WHY COSTAATT…
• The Government mandated COSTAATT to:

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 COSTAATT?…
• 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.
THE HIGHER EDUCATION
MARKET SPACE…
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 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 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…
THE STATE OF LIBRARY SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
• 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…
•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…
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 ADVANTAGE…
The COSTAATT Wide Area Network
INTERNET
Dial-Up
Users
Firewall
The NIHERST
Colleges
Tobago
Learning Centre
Student Information
Module
John Donaldson
Technical Institute
Library Module
Finance Module
Human Resource
Module
COSTAATT’s
MAIN CAMPUS
San Fernando
Technical Institute
Eastern Caribbean
Institute of Agriculture
and Forestry
Metal Industries
Company
Government
Vocational Center
Joint Services
Staff College
CHOOSING A TECHNOLOGY SOLUTION…
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 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 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 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…
PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY…
TECHNOLOGY AND THE FUTURE
OF THE COLLEGE…
Taking Learning HIGHER
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