The Ghana Legal Council (GLC) has commended Wisconsin International University College law faculty for their immense improvement in its staff strength and their qualifications since its last monitoring exercise conducted in 2016.
The legal Council together with the National Accreditation Board (NAB) in a report published by the GLC on tertiary institutions that are accredited to offer legal education in Ghana, applauded the Wisconsin’s law library saying “the library space was adequate and it had adequate stock of relevant text books on the law programme.
Aside from these positive reviews, the GLC called on the university to complete its documented mentorship policy despite the existence of an internal arrangement to mentor young faculty.
According to the GLC, in “its bid to ensure that legal education at the Ghana School of Law meets international and professional standards, it was resolved many years ago, to monitor and evaluate academic facilities of teaching and learning in all tertiary institutions accredited by the National Accreditation Board.” Legal education has been in crisis in Ghana for several years now because the GLC insists the numbers of students are too high and there is very little quality out of the lot.
The GLC continued: “In a spirit of ensuring that these standards are maintained, [we] decided to undertake yearly monitoring and evaluation of all Law Courses in both public and private universities, so that minimum standards of proficiency shall be met by all such accredited Law Faculties, pending the entry of their graduates into the Ghana School of Law to pursue Professional Law Courses.”
The GLC, however, cautioned Wisconsin law faculty to take steps to upgrade the qualification of existing teaching staff within five years from 31st March 2020.
Below is the summary of the report by the Ghana Legal Council of all affiliated universities running law programme:
Wisconsin International University
The Board took note of the under listed findings on Wisconsin International University College’s Faculty of Law:
i. The institution had improved significantly on its staff strength and qualifications since the last monitoring exercise was conducted in 2016.
ii. The team however noted that the SSR (1:35) was high and above the approved SSR.
iii. The library space was adequate and it had an adequate stock of relevant textbooks on the law programme.
iv. The institution did not have a documented mentorship policy although it had an internal arrangement to mentor young faculty.
v. The Faculty was running three streams of students: Evening, Weekend, and Day.
vi. The library was stocked with the relevant textbooks but it was not up to date with its law reports on decisions given by the Courts of Ghana.
vii. There was a dearth of publication by the staff of the faculty.
In light of the above findings, the Board directs, Wisconsin International University College, Ghana (WIUCG) to:
i. Reduce student intake onto the law programme to half of its current intake from the 2020/2021 academic year.
ii. Provide a roadmap to address the high SSR at the Faculty within one month from 31st March 2020.
iii. Encourages its staff to increase research output. Evidence of this must be submitted to NAB within two years from 31st March 2020.
iv. Procure current editions of the Ghana Law Reports and Supreme Court of Ghana Law Reports and add more volumes to the existing stock of books. The Faculty should have at least five sets of relevant Ghanaian Law reports with six (6) months from 31st March 2020.
v. The Faculty should upgrade the qualifications of its existing teaching staff within five years from 31st March 2020.
vi. Develop a mentoring policy within six (6) months from 31st March 2020, and submit a copy for the attention to the Board.
vii. Conduct tracer studies to determine how students who had passed out of the Faculty were performing at least within 2 years from 31st March 2020.
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viii. Submit an updated staff list for the Faculty using the attached NAB approved template.