The Academic Planning Unit had had several interactions with the National Universities Commission (NUC) on issues bordering on Programme accreditation, resource verification and student supports services and facilities.
A review of the activities of the Unit in line with its stated objectives is enumerated below:
- The visit of the NUC Resource Verification Team in August 2018
- Submission of request for change of programme nomenclature on 6th September, 2018 for the following programmes:
- A. Philosophy and Religion to B.A. Religion Studies (Christian Option), and
- Sc. Banking & Finance to B.Sc. Finance
The response from NUC in its letter dated 25th and 24th September 2018 respectively was that the University should retain the programmes nomenclature B.Sc. Banking and Finance as stipulated in the BMAS and the University was also advised to adhere to the nomenclature approved by the Commission for Philosophy and Religion which was B.A. Religious Studies.
This request was, however, resubmitted to NUC on 3rd December, 2019, for consideration on modern trend and other factors. The later request doe a change of nomenclature from ‘Banking and Finance’ to ‘Finance’, was approved by NUC on 13th December, 2019.
Other requests for approval for the following new programmes: B.Sc. Library and Information Resource Management, and B.A. English and Creative Art, were unable to be processed by the Commission due to the fact that the proposed nomenclatures were not contemplated in the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards and in the University Academic Brief document respectively. They advised that the University should stick to the nomenclature approved by the Commission for B.A. English and resubmit the request for Bachelor of Library and Information Science as enshrined in the NUC BMAS for further necessary action.
Based on the above submission, the University was advised to forward a reviewed Academic Brief to NUC to enable the Commission process further the request for Bachelor of Library and Information Science.
In the same vein, two other requests for new programmes in B.Sc. Securities and Investment, and B.Sc. Business and Financial Risk Management were forwarded to NUC on August 30th, 2018 of which the Commission approved the former and declined the later; following the non-availability of Benchmark Minimum Academic standards for B.Sc. Securities and Investment programme, the Commission requested the University to bear the cost of production of the BMAS for the intended programme. The University made payment on 12th April, 2019 for the development of the BMAS for B.Sc. Securities and Investment. The BMAS for the programme has been produced by the Commission.
Consequently, the University received an approval letter from the Commission on 2nd December, 2019 to commence enrolment into the B.Sc. Securities and Investment programme with effect from 2019/2020 academic session.
The Commission stated that B.Sc. Business and Financial Risk Management is similar in many material particulars to B.Sc. Insurance for which undergraduate BMAS is available and to develop BMAS for the proposed programme will amount to duplication of efforts. Therefore, the University was advised to apply for B.Sc. Insurance.
NUC Accreditation Exercise for October-November 2018
The NUC Accreditation exercise for the year 2018 was held between October 28th and November 15th 2018. Fifteen (15) programmes were slated for the NUC accreditation. In order to ensure that all programmes were fully prepared, mock accreditations were carried out by the Unit in collaboration with MTU-NUC Accreditation team periodically prior to the accreditation exercise by NUC. The fifteen programmes that were listed for the accreditation exercise got full accreditation with remarkable scores ranging from 80% to 90%.
NUC Accreditation Exercise, November 2019
NUC accreditation exercise for five (5) programmes, namely: Food Science and Technology (FST), Biology, Biotechnology, Music and Mass Communication were held between 3rd and 7th November, 2019. Mock accreditation exercise was carried out for the programmes. The NUC Self Study Forms for the five programmes were received and assessed by the Unit. Departmental handbooks were received, reviewed and corrections made were necessary, prior to the publication of the documents.
The NUC accreditation exercise was highly successful, as the 5 programmes visited by the NUC team got excellent commendations from the NUC teams that visited each programme.
The University currently awaits the official results of the accreditation exercise for the 5 programmes.
Preparation for Post Graduate Studies.
The Unit has commenced the preparation for the University Post Graduate School. All departmental heads had been contacted on the need to bring up for Management consideration, proposals for programmes that are due for post graduate studies by 2020/2021 academic session.
The Unit is presently reviewing proposals for Post Graduate studies forwarded to her.
The proposals for the following new programmes have been approved by the National Universities Commission:
- Sc. Geology
- Sc. Physic with Electronics
- Sc. Industrial Chemistry
The University awaits the Date of visitation of the NUC Resource Verification team for the exercise which is to be communicated by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
Proposed Programmes and NUC Response
The National Universities Commission (NUC) in its letter dated 4th July, 2019, stated that they were unable to process the University request for the establishment of B.Sc. Software Engineering and B.Sc. Library and Information Science programmes due to the fact that the programmes were not contemplated in the University’s Academic Brief document.
They also noted that B.Sc. Fine Arts and Design, B.Sc. Management Information System, B.Sc. Space Physics and B.Sc. Finance were unable to be processed because there was no Benchmark Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS) for the programmes.
Statistical Analysis of Students’ UTME Scores, GPA per Semester & CGPA per Session.
The Unit collated data on individual student’s UTME score, GPA per semester and CGPA per session in all programmes in the University. The data collated per student was used to prepare the following for all students:
- Descriptive statistics – which include:
- Minimum & maximum UTME score for each student per programme;
- Minimum & maximum GPA of each student per semester per for all programmes
- The average (mean) UTME scores for students in each programme.
- Average GPA and CGPA for all programmes.
- Graphical representation (line chart) of the students UTME scores and GPA & CGPA per programme and for all programmes.
- Pearson correlation coefficient showing the relationship between the UTME Score and GPA per semester and CGPA per session with the appropriate interpretations.
NUC Statistical Digest 2018
The University received the request to supply relevant data for 2018 in line with the fields to be captured in the Digest on March 1, 2019. The Unit collated relevant data and compiled the required information which was forwarded to the NUC in record time.
National Universities Commission – A 7 Page Report
The National Universities Commission in its letter dated March 25th, 2019, requested the University to submit a 7 page report on the state of the University. The Unit collated the data in that regard, prepared and forwarded the document as requested by NUC on 8th April, 2019.