University of the Philippines Los Baños
Friday, 13 April 2018 18:34

UPLB’s revised undergrad degree programs undergo scrutiny

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Photo by Lucas Cabalse

 

Members of the UPLB University Council Executive Committee and resource persons from the different colleges – associate deans, college curriculum coordinators and college secretaries – held a Special Executive Committee Meeting Workshop to tackle the curricular proposals to revise its 28 undergraduate degree programs.

The historic meeting workshop was held at the Pontefino Hotel in Batangas City on Apr. 12-14 preparatory to the subsequent approval of these curricular proposals by the UP System and the UPLB University Council for implementation effective First Semester, AY 2018-2019.

The revision of the baccalaureate programs was done in response to the K-12 Basic Education Program, ASEAN integration, the new General Education Program of UP and in line with the paradigm shift to outcomes-based education (OBE) and commitment for quality assurance of UPLB.

The revised programs will produce graduates with the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed by industry, the country, and the global community.

In her welcome message, Dr. Portia G. Lapitan, vice chancellor for academic affairs, recalled the hard and tedious work done by the College and UPLB Curriculum Committees to revise the 28 baccalaureate programs.

“We started the University Curriculum Committee meetings almost every Monday since September 2015 and I remember the members discussing then that the work at hand is monumental, a legacy for our beloved UPLB that we cannot afford to take for granted,” she said.  Dr. Lapitan also thanked everyone who committed their "time, effort, and heart to the endeavor.”

Chancellor Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr., in his inspirational message, stressed the need for intensive and careful participation of everyone in the workshop.

“We have to exhaustively review each proposed revision, not only to ensure that each program will meet the necessary prescribed qualifications, but above all, to ensure that these are geared towards our students’ enhanced learning and character building, so that when they leave the University, we can confidently say that we have provided them with the necessary academic and social support that they need to be prepared in the real world,” Chancellor Sanchez explained. (Agnes M. Mora and Ma. Arabella Caridad E. Ricarte)