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The administration of the Institute starts with a Governing Board. The Governing Board comprises the following membership:

  • Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast as Chairman
  • Director, Institute for Educational Planning and Administration
  • Provost, College of Education Studies, University of Cape Coast
  • Executive Secretary, National Council for Tertiary Education
  • Director or his Representative, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (Manpower Board)
  • Secretary-General, Ghana National Commission for UNESCO
  • Director or his Representative, Ministry of Education (PBME)
  • Director-General, Ghana Education Service
  • Representative, Ghana National Association of Teachers


The Board has power of co-option and the functions of the Governing Board include the following:

  • Approval of programme of activities of the Institute, for example, the type of in-service training programmes to be organised, and their order of priority.
  • Receipt of reports on courses organised by the Institute.
  • Determination of the candidature of trainers to be employed by the Institute.
  • Ensuring fulfilment of the objectives of the Institute within its broad policies.

The Board is expected to hold two regular meetings each academic year, and when need be, the Chairman may convene an emergency meeting of the Board. Half the number of members present at any meeting shall form a quorum.


The Institute has a Departmental Board made up of all senior members in the Institute. The functions include the following;

  • Periodically review the various programmes of the Institute.
  • Consider issues relating to quality assurance and the maintenance of ethical standards in the delivery of teaching and research activities.
  • Consider the general organisation and regulation of courses and research in the Institute.
  • Considers the Institute’s budget.
  • Consider matters referred to it by the Academic Board or the School Board and any other matter relating to the Institute.
  • Plan and evaluate the work of the Institute.

IEPA also has an Appointment and Promotions Committee that considers applications for appointments and promotions of senior members before they are sent to the Human Resource Directorate of the university through the College.


The University of Cape Coast Act of 1971 (Act 390) was promulgated for granting full university status to the College with effect from October 1, 1971. This was later re-enforced with the University of Cape Coast Law, 1992 (PNDC Law 278).

The Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) was established at the University of Cape Coast, in August 1975, on the basis of a joint agreement between the Government of Ghana and UNESCO/UNDP as contained in the original project Number GHA/72/018/E/01/13.