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A University of Utah professor of education will be part of a three-member team advising the Commonwealth of the Bahamas on ways to restructure the island nation's higher educational system.

Jackson Newell, who is also vice president for academic affairs, and professors Harold Silver of Oxford University and S.V. Martorana of Penn State University will spend 12 weeks during the next two years on the project funded by a $106,000 World Bank grant.The team will study Bahamian education and society and recommend changes in higher education administrative structure, teaching and curricula, said Newell.

The nation's 235,000 population is served by five small colleges. But Newell said those schools "are competing with each other and, in many areas, the curriculums overlap."

"We will make recommendations that will probably lead to the establishment of the first Bahamian university," the Utah educator said.