The University of the West Indies has moved to accept all but three of the recommendations outlined in the Report of the Chancellor’s Commission on Governance.

That’s according to a release from the institution on Monday afternoon.

However, it says the three rejected recommendations, including one which would see student tuition fees doubled, did not meet favor.

Marjorie Gordon has that story.


According to UWI, its Council met last Friday for its final deliberation on the Chancellor’s Report after nearly two years of consultations.

The commission was led by legal luminary and former President of the Caribbean Court of Justice, Sir Dennis Byron.

The Council says it received the report of its Review Committee led by University Registrar, Dr. Maurice Smith. 

The Review Committee noted that there were no specific objections to 92 of the 95 recommendations.

The Committee also recognised that most of the recommendations were at various degrees of implementation.

There were, however, a core of critical recommendations from the Byron Report that did not meet with support from the Review Committee nor the Council and as such were rejected.

Chief among them the Byron Report had recommended that the University adopt a new financial model which would result in a 100-per cent increase in student fees.

This would move from the present circumstance of students paying tuition fees equivalent to 20-per cent of the costs of academic programmes, to 40-per cent.

UWI says this would pose an existential threat to the University, Caribbean society, and economy.

The Review Committee described this recommendation as being outside the terms of reference of the Byron Commission and residing in the domain of governments on the University Grants Committee.

UWI also rejected a recommendation that the University Finance and General Purposes Committee, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor and the Campus Finance and General Purposes Committees, chaired by Principals be abolished.

These the report recommended should be replaced by executive committees, chaired by the Chancellor or his nominee.

However, the Council was advised that the abolition of these committees would impair the capacity of the Vice-Chancellor and his executive management team to maintain the regional character of the University.

UWI says its abolition as proffered, would weaken the implementation of a ‘ONE UWI’ vision and mandate as embedded in the Treaty of Chaguaramas.

The Council also accepted the view of the Review Committee that care should be taken to clarify any policy intent to invest executive power and management authority in the Chancellor.  

In so doing, the Council ruled to maintain the status quo that the vice-Chancellor and Campus Principals maintain executive and management authority.

The Council called upon the vice-Chancellor in consultation with the University Registrar to nominate for its approval a Committee to carry out the efficient implementation of the approved recommendations.