Academics

  • Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs

    Administration
    Actualization of the highest degree of efficiency, effectiveness, collegiality in decision making and transparency in the administrative system and operation therefore promoting the University’s mandate of quality instruction, research, extension and production.

    Instruction
    Provide the highest quality of advanced, specialized and professional training for the students through relevant and responsive curricular programs designated to meet both national and international standards of excellence.

    Research and Extension
    Leadership in scientific and technological researches and in extension activities to address and support regional and national economic development goals.

    Production
    Optimization of the resource-generation capacity of the University through academe-based entrepreneurship anchored on thecore competencies of the faculty to support the delivery of quality instruction, research and extension function.

    Objectives

    1. Achieve efficient and effective participatory governance by empowering the deans, directors and department chairmen along academic ang academic-related concerns of their respective units.
    2. Attain the highest level of academic standards through the accreditation of all degree programs.
    3. Direct the formulation of proposals of new and relevant courses and the continuous review of existing curricular offerings, with emphasis on vertical articulation, to produce graduates who are employable in their profession.
    4. Upgrade personnel competence through revitalized continuing professional education under the staff development program of the University.
    5. Raise the percentage of passers in licensure examinations through selective admission and retension policies of the University, quality instruction, and institutionalized review classes.
    6. Work for the ladderized of certain programs.
    7. Be globally competitive through internationalization of the Graduate Programs.
    8. Encourage concerned colleges to work towards becoming Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.
    9. Support functional library and information system services, guidance and counseling services, and other student services and activities.
    10. Institutionalize, revitalize and strengthen the research and extension activities in all colleges/units by assigning corresponding work equivalent credits.
    11. Optimize the resource-generation capacity of the college/unit through production of textbooks, manuals, workbooks and other instructional materials.
    12. Strengthen alumni and community relations programs.
    13. Establish linkages with other colleges and university and certain government agencies and entities such as CHED, PASUC, DepEd, and TESDA through networking activities.

    Duties and Responsibilities

    1. Attain the highest level of academic standards possible supervising the efficient, effective and transparent operations on the delivery of:
      1. Academic functions of the various colleges/units;
      2. Admission, registration of students and the evaluation of student records;
      3. Guidance and counseling of services;
      4. Library and information system services;
      5. Student services and student activities;
      6. National service Training Programs (NSTP);
      7. Research and Extension functions; and
      8. Alumni and cummunity relations programs
    2. Direct the review, formulation, revision and/or amendment of policies relating to academic matters for approval of the SUC President and endorsement to the Academic Council and to the Boards of Regents;
    3. Oversee the implementation of the approved policies on academic matters including the period monitoring and evaluation of the same and assist in the resolution of issues and problems arising there from;
    4. Advice the SUC President, other Vice Presidents and other Heads of colleges/units regarding legislated and/or mandated changes in the curricular programs emanating from national government agencies and entities such as CHED, PASUC, DepEd, TESDA and initiate the corresponding institutional responses thereto;
    5. Review and recommend for the SUC President’s approval the work and Financial Plans of various colleges and units including their Annual Equipment Procurement Programs (AEPP), in collaboration with the Vice President for Administration, the VP for Production, the University Planning Officer and the Budget Officer;
    6. Conduct periodic review of the college/unit quartely academic-related progress reports vis-a-vis the original work plans for appropriate policy action;
    7. Perform routine functions pertaining to:
      1. Approval of requests for travel on official business or on official time only for a period of eight (8) calendar days to one (1) month of all teaching personnel, upon the recommendation of the concerned Dean or Director;
      2. Approval of requests of students and / or faculty members to go on educational tours or field trips;
      3. Approval of requests of teaching personnel to participate in professional development activities for a period of eight (8) calendar days up to one (1) month, upon the recommendation of the concerned Dean or Director;
      4. Approval of invitations to teaching personnel to act as lecturers, resource speakers, jurors, and the like within the Bicol Region;
      5. Sign the Daily Time Records of the Deans, Directors and other heads of offices directly under the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs;
      6. Review and recommend to the Office of the SUC President the Performance Appraisal Reports of the Heads of Offices under the Office of the Vice President for academic Affairs;
    8. Act as Ex-Officio Chairperson of the University Curriculum Committee, the University Committee on Student Development and the University Committee on Faculty Welfare and Development, and oversee the performance of the functions inherent to each Committee as provided for the University Code;
    9. Evaluate and recommend nominees for Professorial Chair, Professor Emeritus, fellowship and Scholarship Grants, Sabbatical leave for the SUC President’s consideration and endorsement to the Board of Regents;
    10. Represent the SUC President in official functions and/or activities as may be directed;
    11. Preside over meetings of the Academic Council in the absence of the SUC President;
    12. Perform such other functions as may be assigned by the SUC president from time to time.
    CONTACT INFORMATION
    Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Bicol University
    Legazpi City

    Tel. No.: (052)480-0179
    Email: bu-vpaa@bicol-u.edu.ph

    Office Hours
    Mondays – Fridays:8:00 am – 12:00 noon; 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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  • Guidance Center

    Vision

    The University Guidance Center envisions the emergence of forward-looking guidance programs, responsive to regional, national, and global development having a dynamic, functional and self-sustaining guidance activities that serve the interest and the needs of its clientele.

     

    Mission

    The Center is committed to assist the administration and faculty in their effort to produce intellectually competent, socially conscious, morally upright, spiritually enriched, and meaningfully responsible students who are empowered to improve their lives and that of others.
     

    Objectives

    The guidance program aims to achieve the following objectives:
    1. Assist students in making maximum use of their educational opportunities that will enable them to develop their potentials and become efficient and effective members of the society;
    2. Enhance the ability of the students to understand the self and the environment so that he grows in self-direction toward the attainment of greater personal satisfaction and adjustment in the light of accepted social and moral values, and;
    3. Develop what is true, good and beautiful in the guidance way.
     

    Specifically, the University Guidance Center is designed to:

    1. Provide basic guidance services to the students/clientele such as individual inventory, information, testing and counseling, career and placement, follow-up and referral;
    2. Appraise students’ attitudes, abilities, interests, habits, and skills for deeper self-analysis and understanding;
    3. Provide a broad and realistic view of life’s opportunities and challenges at all levels of training among clientele;
    4. Provide technical assistance to the Office of Student Services in the management of student activities;
    5. Be responsible for the planning, supervision and coordination of all guidance programs of the university;
    6. Assist in the staff and faculty development through instituted training programs for guidance;
    7. Establish and maintain a functional testing center equipped with the needed psychological test materials;
    8. Establish and maintain linkages with professional organizations in Guidance and promote the Center’s programs;
    9. Assist the Human Resource Management Office in the evaluation and assessment of personnel through the use of psychological tests; and
    10. Provide mid-year and year-end capability-training workshops to upgrade and improve the competencies of the guidance personnel in the management of the guidance program.
     

    The Guidance Center is a vital component in the entirety of the Bicol University Educational System. It is committed to assist the administration and faculty in their effort to produce intellectually competent, socially-conscious, morally upright, spiritually enriched and meaningfully responsible students who are empowered to improve their lives and that of others.

    The Center attempts to fulfill its mission by providing an array of services uniquely adapted to the demands of change and the need of the students. Upon enrolment, the University Guidance Program offers the following services:

    1. Individual Inventory Service – gives information about the student to aid him towards self-knowledge and self-realization. Specifically, this maintains a database of information about the students in terms of their family and health background, academic data, test results, records of interviews, interests, and in-school and after-school activities.
    2. Career Development and Placement Service – aims to develop human potentials and capabilities to bring about peak performance and high productivity among individuals and organizations in the academe. Students are aided in preparing for the challenge of excelling in their own future careers through the following:
      1. Self – Assessment Sessions – these are individual or group sessions conducted in order for the students to discover abilities, personality traits, interests and values to determine the congruity between their individuality and their preferred course.
      2. Placement Program for Internal Shifters (PPIS) – assists students who are contemplating on shifting majors/concentration for various reasons. The program features the following services:
        • Career Exploration Workshop – this is a group session where the participants gain a better awareness of their family background, values, dreams and aspirations and realize how these factors affect their career decisions.
        • Department Talk – this may be case to case or a group session where department chairpersons discuss their academic program, the requirements for shifting and retention in the course, pre-requisite subjects, graduates’ career opportunities, and future post graduate options.
        • Interview – this is a one-on-one talk with the unit counselor regarding options for shifting, based on the information gathered and the results of their aptitude and other psychological tests.
      3. Career Fair – this is a three-day orientation on various career fields in order for the students to develop greater understanding of the world of work and the experiences that will help facilitate decision–making and finding jobs. Company representatives are invited to talk on current employment prospects, job requirements, and labor market trends.
      4. Job Search Training Program – intends to assist students in their search for summer jobs, internships, and employment. Workshops  include:
        • Resume-writing Sessions
        • Job Interview Techniques
        • Employment Tests
      5. Job-Fair – a weeklong job placement activity intended to provide students the opportunity to explore the many job outlets available in the four market sectors: government, non-government organizations, schools, and corporate firms.
    3. Counseling Service – the Center gives personal attention to each individual student through consultation or counseling services. Depending on the need of the student, the counselor provides professional assistance on personal, educational and vocational problem areas. Routine counseling interviews, individual and group counseling sessions are available by appointment.
    4. Testing and Interpretation – The Center is mainly concerned with the administration of intelligence, achievement, aptitude and personality tests at regular intervals during the school year or upon request, and the interpretation of the results to parents, teachers and students within ethical bounds. It is committed to pursue the following goals:
      1. Administer psychological tests to clients from Bicol University and interested parties from other agencies in order for them to develop a realistic picture of themselves through an objective appraisal of their mental maturity, attitudes, interests, personal–social adjustment and special aptitudes.
      2. Identify students who need specialized assistance and subsequently make referrals to appropriate institutions or agencies.
      3. Provide consultation services to the faculty and help them accommodate students with special learning needs.
    5. Shifting Orientation Program (SHOP) – assists students who are contemplating on shifting majors/ concentration for various reasons:
      1. Career exploration workshop – this is a group session where the participants gain a better awareness of their family background, values, dreams, and aspirations and realize how these factors affect their career decisions.
      2. Departmental Talk – this may be a case to case or group session where the department chairperson discusses their academic program, the requirements for shifting and retension in the course, prerequisite subjects, graduates’ career opportunities, and future post graduate options.
      3. Interview – this is a one-on-one talk with the unit counselor regarding options for shifting, based on the information gathered and the results of their aptitude and other psychological tests.
     

    The Peer Counseling and Educational Support Programs are added features of the University Guidance Program. The former increases the capacity of the office to reach out to the students, thereby answering the dearth of full-time counselors in the university. The latter is designed to facilitate students’ adjustment to life in the academe through sponsorship of seminars, forum on various self-development issues and similar activities. (e.g. Interpersonal Skills Enhancement, Forum on Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Stress Management and Wellness Seminars, Time  Management etc.)

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