University of Cape Coast
The University of Cape Coast is a university in Ghana. The university was established in 1962 based on a pressing need for highly qualified and skilled manpower in education. Origninally it was affiliated to the University of Ghana.
It was established to train graduate teachers for second cycle institutions such as teacher training colleges and technical institutions, a mission that it was felt that the two existing universities were unequipped to fulfill. Since its establishment, the university has added to its functions the training of education planners, administrators, agriculturalists and health care professionals.
In pursuance of its mission, the university restructured its degree program from BA, BSc and BEd in education to B.A/BSc with non-education content and a BEd, a professional qualification in Education
The University of Cape Coast web site is at https://www.ucc.edu.gh
University of Cape Coast distance learning
Some analysts feel that the university seems to be driving both the agenda in Ghana's HE sector, influencing the government, and innovating a method of distance learning that suits the national context. For example, they started with satellite sites, and are now enhancing that with digitization of content - both technologies in order to expand their reach in an inclusive manner.
The College of Distance Education (CoDE) (formerly Centre for Continuing Education) was established in 1997 and upgraded to a college status on 1 August, 2014. There are currently three academic departments including that of mathematics and science, business studies and education studies. Their "About" page continues (https://code.ucc.edu.gh/overviewpage):
- The objectives for establishing the College of Distance Education (CoDE) were to provide opportunities for people to pursue higher education; train more professional teachers for all levels of Education in the Ghana Education Service; raise the professional competence of serving teachers and personnel of the Ghana Education Service, as well as accounting and management personnel in civil/public service, commerce and industry. More importantly, the CoDE aimed at providing opportunities for applicants who, even though they qualify for admission, fail to enter the conventional University system due to constraints in physical facilities.
- The Centre started with an initial student enrolment of 750 in 2001, using the print-based delivery mode with nine learning Centres in nine regions. The CCE operates a dual mode system. With this approach, the managers of the programmes ensure that there is no disparity in teaching and assessment between the conventional system and the distance learning system. In view of this, modules used by the distance education students are written by the lecturers of the conventional programmes. These lecturers set quizzes, assignments, examinations, and also responsible for grading students’ examination scripts.
- CoDE currently runs programmes in education and business leading to the award of diploma, post-diploma and master’s degree. Presently, there are 69 Learning Centres across the country, offering twenty-seven (27) programmes in Education, Business, Science, Tourism and Hospitality Management.
- As at 2014/2015 Academic Year, there were 36,313 students enrolled in all the 27 programmes run by the College.
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