COBEC Goals

Design, develop and implement collaborative programs and activities that address higher education needs in Belize

  1. Implement short-term programs that target specific professional development needs of higher education faculty, staff, and administrators
  2. Provide advanced degree training for individual faculty, staff, and administrators from Belizean institutions
  3. Address institutional resource needs related to technology, libraries, laboratories
  4. Address curriculum development needs of all COBEC institutions, including programs such as internationalizing the curriculum and area studies
  5. Develop programs that address student needs related to academic advisement and student support services
  6. Organize a clearinghouse for donations of equipment and educational materials to Belizean institutions
  7. Participate in the development of quality assurance initiatives for Belizean institutions
  8. Broaden the base of Belizean institutions engaged in COBEC-sponsored activities
  9. Pursue active research agendas involving Belizean and non-Belizean faculty, administrators, and students
  10. Work with ATLIB to conduct needs assessment
  11. Strengthen collaboration among all COBEC institutions
  12. Assist Belizean institutions in meeting accreditation criteria
  13. Facilitate the forging of articulation agreements between Belizean and non-Belizean member institutions
  14. Formally assess the impact of scholarship support by non-Belizean institutions on the achievement of staff development goals of Belizean institutions

Contribute to the internationalization of member institutions

  1. Develop programs and processes to increase the number and effectiveness of academic exchange of students, faculty, and staff of COBEC member institutions
  2. Identify and develop sources of financial aid for Belizean students studying at non-Belizean member institutions
  3. Organize study abroad programs, service learning opportunities, and internship experiences for students from both Belizean and non-Belizean member institutions
  4. Develop curricular and co-curricular programs and activities at non-Belizean institutions on aspects of Belizean culture, history, and society, using professional resources available through Belizean member institutions

Strengthen the organizational capacity of COBEC as a mechanism for meeting higher education needs in Belize and internationalizing member institutions

  1. Design and implement a strategy for obtaining grant funding to support COBEC projects in Belize
  2. Achieve a wider geographic and national representation among non-Belizean members
  3. Increase the number of two-year institutions among the non-Belizean membership.
  4. Develop effective communication and marketing tools, including a website and brochure, to increase the visibility of COBEC among tertiary-level institutions and interested constituencies beyond the COBEC membership
  5. Create a COBEC secretariat to provide administrative support for COBEC activities
  6. Initiate a center or institute to serve as a facilitating entity for COBEC activities
  7. Establish and maintain a program for archiving COBEC materials
  8. Generate additional interest and investment in COBEC in Belize and within each non-Belizean institution