KEY PROGRAM CONCERNS
The Bicol University Extension function covers five areas of concern. These five areas makes up the key components in operationalizing this function. These are the following:
- Continuing Education –This component refers to upgrading courses with corresponding unit equivalent, accredited by several institutions; those with other units accredited may be for upgrading only of particular skills, carried out through seminars and training programs, This also includes other techno-transfer activities such as demo farms and includes components or packages of technology specific to the mandates of the institution, coupled with technology transfer of other services relating to input and output markets
- Communications Media Technologies - these include reproduction of print and non-print media, the production, packaging, and promotion of IEC materials and the ICT component of extension for timely provision of the best technical advice and increased access to data and information.
- Consultancy, Linkages and Other Related Support –This is focused on the expertise of faculty which can be provided to clienteles based on their field of specialization. It also covers collaborating and building linkages between clients and other agencies of extension programs and projects. It also includes institutional and organizational development in support to the interest of clients.
- Knowledge Management – this is for the generation, retrieval, storage of knowledge and constitute the information system of the Center as a repository of vital science and technology which can improve the delivery of extension services to the clientele in terms of access and utilization.
- Development and Action Research – This component is concerned with undertaking development and action research projects with the aim of generating and innovating approaches and methodologies for extension to answer the needs of communities. It also includes built in monitoring and evaluation schemes to ensure the smooth, effective and efficient implementation of the programs and projects as the University led undertaking or being pursued in partnership with other development agencies and institution both local and international. It also includes verification, pilot–testing, commercialization, adoption and utilization of acceptable or matured research outputs to a locality where appropriate and applicable or inputs to extension.
The key components concretizes the University’s goal of “ Scholarship engagement for the community for sustainable development “ as it attains the sectoral and societal of “ Humnan development towards poverty reduction and sustainable development” as shown in the Figure below.
The Extension Logic Model is also shown to show clear cut outputs and outcomes that it aims to attain as it considers the condition of the community it serves and the factors that could affect its function.