ISSN: 0799-1487

Widening Participation in Higher Education: The Case of the UWI, Mona Campus

Mervin E. Chisholm and Michele Kennedy

Within the context of the widening of participation in higher education and massification, this case study presents emerging trends at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Using archived institutional data, the authors provide evidence of increased enrolment and of the major characteristics of the student body, one which is predominantly female, Jamaican, of traditional college age and financially needy. The implications of these characteristics in relation to best practices in teaching and learning are discussed. Recommendations are offered for better pedagogical approaches, academic advising and measures to deal with the increasing diversity.
Keywords: The University of the West Indies (Mona) ; Student registration ; Students; Women ; Teaching ; Learning ; Academic performance; Jamaica
Section: Articles