Malayang: ‘See K-12 as a golden opportunity’

Silliman University (SU) President Ben S. Malayang III said that the K-12 program should be seen as a golden opportunity for development of the university and not as a problem.

In his presentation of the university’s strategic measures and plans on K-12 to student leaders last July 27 at the SU Boardroom, Malayang said that the goal is not just to survive the education system changes, but also to be a better university.

“It is not until 2022 that we will have a full complement of four years in college again. We are trying to make sure that the university won’t be dislodged by planning for 2016-2022, not just 2016,”Malayang said.

With the implemented K-12 program, there will be no freshmen college students next school year. In 2017, there will be no freshmen and sophomores. In 2018, there will be no sophomores and juniors, and so on till 2022.

Basing the figures on the number of enrollees last school year, Malayang said that 33 percent of college income will be lost in college enrolment in 2016. By 2017, 53 percent of income will be lost.

The university prepared a three-pronged strategy on current education reforms. This aims for “a stronger and better Silliman” not just for K-12, but also in the face of Outcomes-Based Higher Education, and ASEAN integration once college is restored by 2022.

First part: Improve faculty and offerings

Malayang said that other universities are looking at these years as opportunities to lessen the number of teachers, but the administration plans to use the time for faculty to get PhDs and master degrees and for more tech-vocational and certificate programs.

“Right now, we have a total of 14% of our total faculty who are PhD holders. We would like it to reach at least 30-50% by 2022,” Malayang said.

Second part: Strengthen fiscal and financials

Malayang stressed that the offerings, including laboratories and field trips, cannot be supported properly if there is not enough money.

“Fiscals and financials will only be meaningful if it helps faculty, offerings, and develop facilities. Facilities have to be functional,” Malayang added.

Silliman’s market plan is for senior high school students to be treated as the way freshmen college are treated.

“In high school, you are in a section with the same courses. We will not do that for senior high school. They may get units. They will not be going around wearing their high school uniforms,” Malayang said.

Third part: Expanding facilities and friendships

The university needs income-generating facilities to avoid higher tuition. Malayang said that the tuition will not increase because of K-12.

“When we might have fiscals and financials that are healthy, the third component of this strategy is that we must have friends who are ready to partner and help us with the facilities,” Malayang said.

Rentals, leasing, among other alternative income-generating programs are also undertaken. Portal East, together with Portal West, is one of the examples of buildings that would soon generate income together.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Betsy Joy Tan is assigned to the first part, Vice President for Finance and Administration Cleonico Y. Fontelo to the second part, and Vice President for Development Jane Annette Belarmino on the third part of the strategy.

The presentation was first presented to the Silliman faculty and staff.

by: Andrea D. Lim

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