By Edan Sam Pancho | News Writer
Vol. XCI No. 7
Sept. 13, 2019
In their goal to bridge the gap between the academe and the students, Dean of Students Dr. Edna Gladys Calingacion, through the Office of Student Services (OSS) organized a seminar-workshop on student affairs and programs at the Silliman Hall last Sept. 9.
The workshop’s central topic is “Outcomes-Based Education: Integrating New and Revitalized Programs into the Student Affairs and Services.” The event speakers were Dr. Evelyn A. Songco, lead instructor and researcher of the Philippine Association of Practitioners of Student Affairs and Services-University of Santo Tomas Student Affairs Continuing Development Program and Atty. Antonio M. Chua, program coordinator of AB legal management, University of Santo Tomas.
Dr. Songco discussed the impact of non-academic organizations and institutions that work collaboratively to provide learning which is not limited only to the classroom setting. According to her, the hidden curriculum trains and immerses the students to various activities within the community level and helps us grow as an individual. “The measure of life’s success is not grades; it is the joy within the heart of the individual,” she added.
On the other hand, Atty. Chua shared his knowledge on the field of Taxation Law, Corporation and Contract Law particularly the practicality of these and how to apply these in situations.
The seminar-workshop is the initiative of Dr. Calingacion, Dr. Jaruvic Rafols, head of Guidance and Testing Division and Mr. Abe Cadeliña, head of Student Organization and Activities Division. It is part of the continuing program that focuses on student affairs and services.
“There were things in the said program that we realized that we have to bring into our student affairs and practice here in the university,” said Dr. Calingacion on organizing the event.
A total of 101 participants attended the whole day event. Among them were OSS personnel, members of the student government, dormitory advisers/managers, guidance counselors, international students, and psychology interns.
Carl Dagdag, a second-year Psychology major said that the workshop was beneficial to the students. “As a student, we can now give our expectations and be more interactive inside and outside the classroom because of Outcomes-Based Education,” he said.
As for the programs and plans after the seminar-workshop, Dr. Calingacion said that they are already assessing the university’s current programs and soon will transform them to be outcomes-based. According to her, action plans and objectives are already prepared and they would like to focus on outcomes such as aligning activities to meet the expected graduate attributes of the university.