USIU-Africa has today acknowledged that indeed Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris received her degree in accordance to standards set by the Commission for University Education.
In press statement received by SDE, USIU-Africa explained that it took Passaris more than year after she had received academic credit transfer for 7 courses (21 units). It also clarified that she enrolled in 2015 for the IBA program.
The statement comes two days after the law maker posted her graduation pictures with a message saying that she had completed her course after a year. “Last year I set a goal and worked towards it. Today, I'm proud to join my fellow graduands as the #ClassOf2017. #USIUgrad17, ” her post reads.
“We are extremely satisfied Ms. Passaris and the rest of 1384 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral classes of 2017,” the USIU in the statement affirms.
This, the university says was based on her previous academic work which she undertook at diploma level.
Here is the statement in part:
“Ms. Passaris joined USIU-Africa's IBA program in the Summer (May) 2015 semester, having received academic credit transfer for 7 courses (21 units) based on her previous academic work undertaken at diploma level. This constituted 14% of total degree requirements, which is within the 49% credit transfer policy approved by our Kenyan and American accrediting bodies.
At the end of her first semester, Ms. Passaris made it to the Dean's List and subsequently applied (and was accepted) for an accelerated track that allows students on the Dean’s List to take five courses instead of four each semester. She went on to undertake an extra course each semester, and kept up her excellent grades to finish her required courses in seven semesters.
Having satisfied the University Senate as having met her degree program's graduation requirements of 120 units, she was approved to graduate at the end of the Summer 2017 semester. “
We are extremely satisfied Ms. Passaris and the rest of 1384 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral classes of 2017 have received the best possible education to work, thrive and serve anywhere in the world as it has for the other members of our 17000-strong alumni community.