WDI Completes Work To Improve U. of Liberia Curriculum

Thursday, November 12, 2015

WDI leveraged its expertise in curriculum and pedagogy development to successfully complete a two-year project advising the University of Liberia’s (UL) accounting program as it seeks to reach international education standards.

The WDI team conducted a thorough review of the undergraduate accounting curriculum at UL, and compared it with that of two other institutions – the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the London School of Economics and Political Science. From the review, the WDI team then developed recommended curricula to be implemented at UL in two phases – the first in 1-3 years (a short-term curriculum) and the second in 3-5 years (a long-term curriculum).

The team produced detailed lists of topics and sample syllabi for the courses to be offered under the short-term recommendation. They then produced detailed lists of courses and sample syllabi to be offered under the long-term recommendation, with suggestions on how to include both in a new “professional track” program.

To help counter the lack of resources at UL, textbook publishers and charities were contacted about teaching materials, affordable textbooks, and reference materials for the library. UL faculty were given titles of recommended textbooks and alternate books to be used for each course in the proposed curriculum as well as contact information for publishers of academic and professional journals. Project funds also were used to purchase accounting textbooks for the university from the list of recommended textbooks, in close collaboration with the accounting department.

“We put forward a good plan,” said Jeff Williams, an accounting lecturer at Ross and a WDI consultant on the project who is optimistic most of the recently completed recommendations will be implemented. “We were able to stand back and come up with suggestions and ideas to build upon the foundation. We’re hopeful.”

During the project, which was funded by the World Bank, two members of the WDI team conducted site visits to UL. For his January 2014 visit, Robert Viernum, a WDI consultant in private sector development, met with faculty, UL administrators, and key stakeholders in the community.

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