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CDC attends HEARTS seminar

7 June 2017 by KSGCatapang

The College of Development Communication participates in the first Higher Education Assessment for Relevance Towards Sustained Institutional Excellence (HEARTS) being held at the Development Academy of the Philippines. Organized by the UPLB Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, HEARTS aims to orient unit heads about the importance and conduct of self-assessment of degree programs and administrative processes.

The college is represented by aProf. Hermilea Marie C. Castillo, CDC college secretary; aProf. Garry Jay S. Montemayor, chair of the Department of Science Communication; aProf. Kabzeel Sheba G. Catapang, chair of the Department Development Journalism (DDJ); and aProf. Marifi T. Magsino of the Department of Development Broadcasting and Telecommunication (DDBT), representing Dean Ma. Theresa H. Velasco.

Faculty also present in the seminar are Dr. Serlie Barroga-Jamias of DDJ, currently Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs, and Dr. Benjamina Paula G. Flor of DDBT, currently director of the Learning Resource Center and who served as program emcee. 

In a recorded message, UPLB Chancellor Dr. Fernando C. Sanchez, Jr. emphasized the need for self-assessment, calling it a "very important" process serving as "precursor to the establishment of the UPLB Quality Assurance Office." Calling for unity, Chancellor Sanchez enjoined all unit heads present in the seminar to start the groundwork for self-assessment, saying "... if we work more, we achieve more."

Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Dr. Portia G. Lapitan said during her welcome remarks that "We (unit heads and officials) have to assess UPLB's quality by ourselves" to ensure quality of programs and processes in the university. In addition, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Maria Cynthia Rose B. Bautista said that through the self-assessment, "We (UP) will not go back to the glory of the past, but we will go toward the excellence of the future." 

Former faculty regent and UP Visayas professor Dr. Philip Ian P. Padilla, who is a member of the UP AdHoc Committee on Quality Assurance, said in his talk on self-assessment for institutional accreditation that quality is considered a return of investment. He discussed how quality assurance enhances university services and empowers students to get involved in the transformation (learning) process. 

The HEARTS seminar ends on June 8 with a mapping out of self-assessment activities to be led by Vice Chancellor Jamias, who is one of the UPLB ASEAN University Network Assessors and likewise a member of the UPLB Quality Assurance Committee.