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OD Intervention on How to Improve RBGS

Introduction

University of Negros Occidental Recoletos (UNOR) offer Graduate Studies on

the name of Recoletos de Bacolod Graduate Studies (RBGS) UNO-R is an Augustinian

Recollect Center of Learning which makes knowledge (Scientia) a structure of wisdom

that leads one to the exercise of love (Caritas). Vision Statement, Mission Statement,

Goals and Objectives of the university are:

Vision Statement. A Catholic University committed to the integral formation of the

human person with passion for excellence and service to the Church and Society.

Mission Statement. An Augustinian Recollect University that educates the mind

and heart by providing the climate, the structure, and the means to develop the

vocation, knowledge, skills, talents, and attitude of the community as permeated by the

Gospel values for the service of humanity, love and praise to the One God.

Goals. The University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos translates its mission

statement into the following four domains of schooling:

1. Academic: Continuing education with religion as the core to qualified persons

with preferential option for the poor from elementary to the graduate levels;

2. Non-Academic: Opening of opportunities for the development of skills and

talents in the areas of sports and cultural endeavors;


3. Community Extension: Complementation of the study programs with inter-

disciplinary outreach projects that will enable the academic community to be involved in

the promotion of the total development of man;

4. Research: Enrichment of existing academic programs and broadening of

knowledge through functional, ethical researches for the authentic good individuals and

the society.

Objectives. At the end of the formation, the students are expected to be:

Spiritually sound individuals who are CHRIST-centered and MARIAN- inspired.

1. Intellectually cultured individuals who are able to rationally and eloquently

communicate their ideas and appreciate the arts as reflections of the infinite

beauty of God;

2. Morally healthy individuals who can weigh values with great sense of

accountability;

3. Physically healthy individuals who give due respect to the body, keeping it fit

as a temple of the HOLY SPIRIT;

4. Culturally conscious individuals who value heritage earned by past

generations, enriching it by promoting desirable traditions and rendering

authentic service to the Church and the country for the common good;

5. Socially concerned individuals who are sensitive and responsive to the needs

of the marginalized sector of the community and the society;

6. Technically proficient individuals who are superior in useful skills in the

practice of professions; and


7. Scholarly leaders of science who extend the frontiers of knowledge through

experimentation and verification bringing about a deeper evaluation of

problems that will make them see profoundly the synthesis of faith, reason,

culture and life.

Based on my observation, the curriculum of the RBGS is very tough especially a

full time students who were currently working. The time is not sufficient for the

completion school requirements in all subjects (term paper and class

reporting/presentation) when there is urgent report to be comply in the work place.

Some of the classroom is not conducive for learning or reporting especially in LC’s

rooms. Some HDMI’s TV is not functioning well and the accessories of the said facilities

is not permanently attached (accessories must be secure first from the office).

Sometimes the accessories are not available, e.g. HDMI cord, because it is already

borrowed of other classes.

RBGS charge an internet access of Php 208.00 and research fee of Php 216.00

(aside from library fee of Php 1,935.36) per student per semester. But the students

doesn’t use internet access due to limited access of the internet connection.

Aside from the above observations, the RBGS doesn’t have an adopted

community for extension program or activities of the graduate school to complement

study programs or impart the learned concepts acquired in the graduate school for the

promotions of the community. This maybe the cause of more time spent on face to face

instructions in every subjects.


State of the Problem

What OD intervention should be done in order to improve the RBGS?

Objective

To propose an OD intervention that will apply for the improvement of RBGS

programs in terms of curriculum and facilities.

Alternative Courses of Action

1. Curriculum status quo; provide a desktop computer every graduate studies

classroom and Television (HDMI, at least 40”) with surround speaker; and

provide computer lab that provides students with access to special use software,

restricted data, and the School's extensive library of quantitative and qualitative

research books.

Curriculum of the RBGS will not be change but in order to improve the

services to the students, the university must provide desktop computer and at

least 40” HDMI Television in classroom for reporting and discussion. Also the

RBGS should provide a computer lab with LAN connection in order to use for

their assignment, term paper, researches and thesis or dissertation.

2. Change the curriculum in terms of time allotment for every subjects offered, from

a semestral to one-month marathon curriculum; provide a desktop computer

every graduate studies classroom and Television (HDMI, at least 40”) with

surround speaker; and provide computer lab that provides students with access
to special use software, restricted data, and the School's extensive library of

quantitative and qualitative research books.

Curriculum of the RBGS will be change from semestral basis to a

marathon basis. In marathon basis, each subject will have a time frame for one

month and a half which will be schedule six Saturday for 9 hours per meetings.

Once the subject is completed, another subject will be offer for the next 6

Saturdays, and so on… until all the subjects offered will be taken by the students

And also the university must provide desktop computer and at least 40” HDMI

Television in classroom for reporting and discussion. Also the RBGS should

provide a computer lab with LAN connection in order to use for their assignment,

term paper, researches and thesis or dissertation.

3. Change the curriculum from face to face to blended learning curriculum; provide

a desktop computer every graduate studies classroom and Television (HDMI, at

least 40”) with surround speaker; and provide computer lab that provides

students with access to special use software, restricted data, and the School's

extensive library of quantitative and qualitative research books.

Change curriculum of the RBGS from face to face to blended learning

curriculum. Under this curriculum, the blended learning will breakdown into face

to face and online learning shown below:

Number of Students Face to Face Online

1–5 12 hours 42 hours

6 – 10 24 hours 30 hours
11 and above 36 hours 18 hours

Under this scheme, the students have an extra time to do their assigned task

in the graduate school by using the online learning. And the professor can use

such online hours to research for the sound inputs to be impart in their classes.

Aside from changing the curriculum, the university must provide desktop

computer and at least 40” HDMI Television in classroom for reporting and

discussion. Also the RBGS should provide a computer lab with LAN connection

in order to use for their assignment, term paper, researches and thesis or

dissertation.

Conclusion

Therefore I conclude, that the #3 alternative is the best solution in addressing the

issues of the RBGS and to meet the objective.

Recommendation

In order to solve the problem and achieve objective, the RBGS should change

the curriculum from face to face to blended learning curriculum; provide a desktop

computer every graduate studies classroom and Television (HDMI, at least 40”) with

surround speaker; and provide computer lab that provides students with access to

special use software, restricted data, and the School's extensive library of quantitative

and qualitative research books. Under this curriculum, the ratio of face to face and

online learning under the blended learning which is:


Number of Students Face to Face Online

1–5 12 hours 42 hours

6 – 10 24 hours 30 hours

11 and above 36 hours 18 hours

Some online hours can be distribute to other activities of the RBGS such as:

seminars for the enrichment of students and professors, sports and wellness, research

to broaden the knowledge, and community extension programs, etc..

The RBGS must seriously take this actions for the improvement of RBGS

services and to maintain the status of “CRADLE OF EXCELLENCE”.