Stephen Downes

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From the abstract: "the paper draws on data from The University of the West Indies (UWI) and provides examples from key plans and initiatives over 20 years to showcase how the UWI has increased access." Access is defined here as "increasing the capacity of the system" and "equity of access". With some 20 island nations and territories and challenges ranging from climate change to widespread poverty, access remains a challenge. Capacity has increased only 13 percent since 2008, almost entirely at the graduate level, while women outnumber men 2:1 and are 85% of the open campus population. The authors argue "greater analysis of other intersectionalities (e.g., indigenous, disabilities, etc.) to promote public accountability associated with access and boost institutional reputation is required." They also argue "a strategic exercise that maps the immediate and short-to-medium term needs of the labour market is needed to determine the type of programmes required are matched to access and participation."

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