SSU holds OBE, GE, ISA, ABET confabs
Anchored on its institutional mantra: “We innovate. We build. We serve,” Samar State University kicked off its week-long in-house seminar-workshop on the Enhancement of Outcomes-based Education (OBE) and General Education (GE) Courses: Implementation Strategies and Instructional Materials Development, and orientation talks on Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA) and Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) with the theme: “Ensuring Quality Delivery of Instruction in SSU” on June 18, 2018 at the Audio Visual Center.
The first day of the said in-house seminar and orientation highlighted the discussions on Provident Plan, Freedom of Information (FOI), Data Privacy Law (RA 10173), and Government Accounting Manual (GAM). In presenting the rationale of the event, the Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Felisa E. Gomba, stressed out that this week-long activity is “a preparation for the new higher education curricular programs under the K to 12 education system.” According to her, “this serves to update both the old and new faculty and to constantly guide them of the implementation strategies along new educational policies.”
Likewise, the University President, Dr. Marilyn D. Cardoso, pointed out in her inspirational message that “conducting this in-house seminar has been a practice for several years to prepare the academic community in terms of thrusts and directions for the incoming school year.” As this year’s in-house seminar-workshop aims to enhance the academic processes on OBE and quality assurance, Dr. Cardoso said that this event is also timely because the institution is now going to cater the first batch of Senior High School graduates and it is expected to fully implement the OBE and the three cores of accreditation — ABET, AACCUP, and ISA. “Such activity includes recent policies and whatever abilities that would enable us to improve our services as we strive to develop the culture of excellence,” the Univ. President enunciated.
Attended and dominated by the teaching staff from different colleges and campuses, the first-day event commenced at eight in the morning and ended at five in the afternoon. Dr. Gina U. Españo, Dean of the College of Education, closed the Day-1 session by giving remarks that “the lifeblood of a conference are its participants — a conference becomes a success only if the participants arrive.” Dr. Españo inspired the attendees by saying that in the seminar, everyone will reap the fruits to its full benefits. “I am sure that you will live up to your tasks and become even better public servants in the not-too-distant future,” the CoEd Dean concluded.
The in-depth talks on ISA, ABET, and GE courses implementation will be delivered on Days 2, 3, and 4, respectively.