Consistent with Bicol University’s (BU) vision to become a world class university, President Arnulfo M. Mascari┼łas urged the faculty and staff to work together as the university sets its eyes on attaining a SUC Level V status by 2018.
In a series of visits held from May 30 to June 3, 2016 during the annual college/campus enhancement programs, Mascari┼łas bared the administration’s plan to apply for SUC Level V accreditation, underpinning the university’s performance targets along key result areas (KRAs) specified in the recently released Department of Budget and Management-Commission on Higher Education (DBM-CHED) Joint Circular No. 1, s. 2016, otherwise known as the revised FY 2016 SUC Levelling Instrument and Guidelines. Formulated jointly by the DBM and CHED in coordination with the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), the circular is issued to revise the leveling instrument for SUCs, categorizing SUCs into five levels.
In the new performance evaluation instrument, SUC levelling will be along 1) quality and relevance of instruction, 2) research capability and output, 3) services to the community; and 4) management of resources.
The levelling of SUCs is governed by three principles: movement towards outcomes; alignment with ASEAN standards; and alignment with Typology-based Quality Assurance. The instrument has, for its Legal basis: PDP 2011-2016, Public Higher Education Reform Agenda 2012, Executive Order (EO) No. 80, s. 2012, and CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) No. 46, s. 2012.
In one of his campus/college visits, Mascari┼łas announced that according to the 2013 to 2015 statistics gathered and analyzed by the university’s Planning and Management Office (PMO), BU belongs to Level IV of the revised SUC levelling instrument. He then urged the faculty and staff to “build on these achievements to become a Level V State University, and realize BU’s vision of a world-class university.”
For this goal to be achieved, Mascari┼łas said that the administration has set up a number of mechanisms to ensure that the whole university work together collaboratively. One of this is the revised individual and office performance commitment review (IPCR and OPCR), which will now be geared towards the KRAs. The new IPCR and OPCR are uniquely designed that individual performance affects department and college performance, and college performance affects individual ratings.
Mascariñas also promised full support to faculty and personnel for human resource development, including sending qualified applicants to top universities in the ASEAN region such as the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University.
“If we want to build a world-class university, it should start from our faculty members. I believe that the faculty members, our personnel, the non-teaching staff, they are the best resources that we ever have,” Mascariñas said.
Should BU attain the SUC Level V status, the university would be comparable to the best universities or colleges in Asia, therefore achieving its vision to become a world-class university. (Ma. Celina G. Meneses & Gladys G. Serafica/OP)