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A Quote from the Aged

The more you write, the more you think. The more you read, the more wisdom you have. After that, you can now explore the world.

– H.E. Sompong Sanguanbun
Dean, Institute of Diplomacy & International Studies
Rangsit University International College
Pathumthani, Thailand

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OBE-dizing the Curriculum: A Student Perspective

As the University unfolds a new year of possible reinforcement of some institutional reforms, we come to look at what has transpired during the first six months of the academic year which was characterized by a number of changes—the shifting of the academic calendar and the OBEdizing of the curriculum which are all in response to globalization and internationalization of higher education.

While everyone seems to welcome the shifting of the academic calendar, one thing remains worth a concern is the shifting to the Outcomes-Based Education approach in the teaching-learning process. Well, ideally, the approach is a great challenge laid before higher educational institutions in the country such as the University as it encourages raising of educational standards. However, on a sad note, there are lapses and inconsistencies that seem arising from its implementation in the institution.

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Redefining Academic Excellence

Such a noble dream Ifugao State University (IFSU) has when it envisioned, six years ago, of an institution of Academic Centers of Excellence where educational programs are highly standardized and are at par with globally-recognized universities.

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Even I, myself, am very much ‘overwhelmed’ and ‘inspired’ that it encourages me to work hard on my part as a student and a campus writer. In fact, wanting to share my journalistic skills to the university was one reason that drove me back to enroll here. Yes, it was; and the rest about ‘me’ is already history. Now enough with so much talk, let’s go back.

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With its four major key thrusts—Instruction, Research, Extension & Training, Income Generation—serving as its most fundamental guiding principles in its quest for glory, IFSU continues to make advancements, as they believe, as shown by its increasing national board passing rates and accreditation levels, improving faculty profile, and growing international linkages with other universities.

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When ‘Quality Education’ meets ‘Money’

Beginning Academic Year 2015-2016, students of old and new faces are welcomed with a major overhauling of the organizational structure of the whole university extending even far and wide to its satellite campuses. From last school year’s six colleges, students are caught up by a rather ‘irrational’ merging of the different colleges, departments and programs to form only three colleges—the College of Education & Arts; the College of Tourism, Home Science & Agriculture; and the College of Criminology, Computing Science & Health Sciences.

Accordingly, the merging of the colleges and programs was to meet the minimum four degree programs as agreed and approved by the Administrative Council (ADCO). This was also in compliance to the National Budget Circular (NBC) Numbers 404, series of 1989, and Numbers 548, series of 2013, of the Department of Budget Management (DBM), as recommended by the Commission on Audit (COA).

For the information of everybody, these DBM policies are the rules and regulations governing the grant of Representation Allowance and Transportation Allowance (RATA) to selected government officials such as university officials like Vice Presidents, Deans of Colleges, Directors of Centers, Institutes/Services and Satellite Campuses, and Department Heads to cover related expenses in connection with the actual performance of their respective functions.

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