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  1. 1. By Way of Preface This Graduate Studies Handbook is a living testament of the university’s commitment towards making a difference in the quality of its graduates. This is a handbook every member of the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University College of Graduate Studies must have. It serves as a vital resource to all graduate faculty and graduate students concerning the academic requirements and the policies and procedures in the administration of Graduate Education in the university. The information in this guide will help students know what to expect and what is expected of them. It shall also guide the CGS administration, faculty, and advisers in providing a supportive environment for success during their students’ graduate studies. All graduate faculty and graduate students must read to the letter the information written in this guidebook and discuss with each other the expectations and responsibilities of both students and faculty. Each student should become familiar with the material pertaining to his or her degree program, and, together with a faculty adviser, make certain that the chosen program of study complies with all regulations, policies, procedures, and deadlines. Doing so will contribute to program quality, improve student and faculty relationship, enhance student completion, and shorten students’ time to finish the degree. For the college staff, reading this guide will provide important background to use in advising faculty and students who solicit assistance in resolving problems. Section 1 is a general description about graduate education at the university - expectations, responsibilities, and how-to’s to make graduate studies a rich and meaningful experience including a description of The College of Graduate Studies, the vision, mission, goals and objectives of the college and the different programs, and its Academic Policy Committee, faculty and staff directory, and other matters about graduate education. Section 2 describes the policies and procedures pertaining to the general academic requirements and provides a detailed outline of requirements for the master’s and doctoral degrees. Section 3 describes procedures in seeking accreditation of other trainings earned outside of the university and other benefits that can be claimed from enrolment in the university. Section 4 covers the Student Body Organization Mutual Aid Fund. Section 5 lists the itemized fees when enrolling in the different programs. And Section 6 outlines the parts and quick guides in writing the thesis/dissertation. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 2
  2. 2. It is hoped that through this handbook, basic facts about Graduate Education at DMMMSU and other pertinent information will have been provided to guide the graduate student in his stay in the college. For questions related to particular programs or areas of concentration jot addressed in this handbook, it is advised to consult your Curriculum Adviser, Program Coordinator, or the Dean. As you become part of the DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies, the challenge is for everyone to take active part in the evolution of a graduate school that has the passion, character, and spirit to develop individual entities, communities, and humanity. As has been our mantra, together, let’s create possibilities…. Emmanuel J. Songcuan Dean DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 3
  3. 3. TABLE OF CONTENTS By Way of Preface ii Statement of Purpose 1 Graduate Program Offerings at DMMMSU 17 Brief History of DMMMSU 18 DMMMSU-CGS: A Historical Perspective 21 Section 1: General Orientation on Graduate Education at DMMMSU 25 Section 2: Academic Policies and Procedures in the Administration of Graduate Programs 41 Section 3: Accreditation of Trainings, Workshops,/Seminars. Expereinces for Credit in the Graduate Program 60 Section 4: SBO Mutual Aid Fund Guidelines 63 Section 5: Schedule of Fees 65 Section 6: Thesis and Dissertation Format 67 Final Note 69 DMMMSU Board of Regents 70 DMMMSU-CGS Agoo Administration 71 DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 4
  4. 4. Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University COLLEGE OF GRADUATE STUDIES Agoo, La Union STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Without a philosophy, no sense of living; Without a vision, no sense of existence; Without a mission, no sense of fulfillment; Without goals, no sense of direction; Without objectives, no sense of achievement. UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPY DMMMSU aims at the development of man in its totality, with a critical mind and appropriate technology to adapt to his environment and contribute to the balanced growth and progress of the society it serves. UNIVERSITY VISION A distinct center of excellence in human, material, and natural resources development, globally relevant and competitive, and focused on responsible citizenship, sustained economic growth, and improvement of the quality of life of the Filipino. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 5
  5. 5. UNIVERSITY MISSION The University shall provide advanced instruction in the arts, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, engineering, and natural sciences as well as in technological and professional fields; to promote research, and engage in extension works. UNIVERSITY GOALS DMMMSU shall lead in transforming human resources in the rural agroindustrial based areas into productive, self-reliant countryside leaders for regional development through quality education. COLLEGE OBJECTIVES DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies shall endeavor to fulfill the following objectives: 1. To develop competent human resources in the different disciplines with the needed expertise and leadership to support the national and regional development thrusts. 2. To develop a high sense of patriotism and desirable values in the professional to become a dynamic agent for sustainable development. 3. To engage in training, research, development, and extension activities congruent to national, regional, and university thrusts. 4. To develop highly-qualified and innovative professionals and entrepreneurs who shall contribute in the socio-economic growth of the region and the country. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 6
  6. 6. GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE GRADUATE PROGRAMS Doctor of Philosophy 1. Provision of continuing and advanced professional development for MA/MS graduates, high-level administrators, and teachers imbued with the Filipino culture and values and adaptive in a global society. 2. Institution of leadership in the field of education and administration for the development of quality human force in the service area and the country. 3. Development in the human resource the culture of research, development, and extension service (RDE). Master of Arts/Sciences 1. Provision of advance development of school administrators, curriculum specialists, pedagogy experts, and other highly-motivated professionals who are imbued with the Filipino culture and values and responsive to globalization and change. 2. Demonstration of understanding of theories and concepts in the professions through the development and use of management approaches, models, strategies, and techniques. 3. Promotion of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in research, development, and extension that benefit the service communities and other clienteles. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 7
  7. 7. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE GRADUATE PROGRAMS Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration 1. To enhance the capability and values of high level school administrators and other professionals towards sustaining quality governance and administration amidst the increasing complexity of managing agencies/organizations. 2. To serve as a laboratory of innovations in governance and management and produce leaders in education and other fields of administration. 3. To engage in research, development, and extension service towards improving the quality of organizations and the quality of life in communities. Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education 1. To empower science educators with knowledge, processes/skills, attitudes, and values to adapt with the fast changes in science and technology. 2. To produce science educators who could institute effective management and governance of science programs and develop a dynamic science and technology culture for Filipinos. 3. To develop the skills and capabilities of science educators in implementing research, extension, and developmental activities. Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education 1. To produce globally competitive mathematics teachers equipped with knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values needed to respond to the demands of a rapidly changing society. 2. To provide leadership in the region and serve as a laboratory of innovative mathematics instruction. 3. To enhance the research, development, and extension capabilities of the graduate students in order to generate knowledge and help uplift the quality of life in the service communities. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 8
  8. 8. Master of Arts in Educational Management 1. To provide advanced training to educational managers who have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values and are responsive to the changing needs of the education sector. 2. To produce school administrators who possess vision, leadership skills, and managerial competencies. 3. To equip the professional with research and extension skills that would enable him to improve educational practice and management. Master of Arts in Science Education 1. To equip graduate students with science concepts, processes, skills, and values necessary for better instructional delivery and management of people and environment. 2. To produce scientifically literate citizens, and leaders who use the achievements of science for the benefit of mankind. 3. To provide knowledge, skills, and competence in science education specifically for teaching, research, and extension/community service. Master of Arts in Mathematics Education 1. To produce committed mathematics teachers equipped with mathematical knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values relevant in the improvement of the quality of human life. 2. To develop scholars, researchers, and leaders committed in the development of Mathematics education. 3. To produce students who assume responsibilities in contributing to social transformation through research and extension. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 9
  9. 9. Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling 1. To enhance knowledge, skills, and practices in the use of appropriate tools and techniques towards understanding human weaknesses and making sound judgments and decisions in guidance and counseling. 2. To develop guidance counselors who have leadership skills in instituting relevant guidance and counseling programs that would improve the quality of human life. 3. To train students to conduct researches that would improve guidance and counseling practices/outputs and extend services that benefit communities. Master of Arts in Special Education 1. To provide advanced knowledge and skills needed in identifying different categories of exceptionalities and in applying appropriate measures of intervention. 2. To produce teachers and leaders capable of designing and implementing SPED programs and projects in collaboration with other agencies and advocacy groups. 3. To promote trainings, research, and extension activities along the field of specialization that empower the service communities and target clienteles. Master of Arts in Physical Education 1. To enhance the leadership capabilities, teaching skills, and knowledge of Physical Education teachers in conducting and organizing physical education and sports activities. 2. To develop top-level and competent physical education coordinators, supervisors, sports managers, and other sports professionals. 3. To contribute in promoting and upgrading sports and physical education in the region and the country through the conduct of relevant research, development, and extension activities. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 10
  10. 10. Master of Arts in Language Teaching 1. To provide knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values as well as pedagogical approaches, techniques, and materials that enable the language teacher to respond to the local and global needs of learners. 2. To develop language teachers’ classroom management techniques as well as their skills in designing and managing language programs. 3. To develop the language teachers’ capability in conducting researches and extension activities that benefit service communities. Master of Arts in Teaching Music 1. To strengthen the professional’s cultural background and appreciation of the arts that intensify passion for music education. 2. To develop instructional skills and competencies in the professional as well as leadership qualities that will upgrade music education in the respective communities. 3. To deepen the professional’s enthusiasm in producing creative works, and conducting research and extension activities along music education. Master of Arts in Teaching Home Economics 1. To equip the graduate students with various competencies, values, and skills, as well as well instructional methods, techniques, and technologies that contribute to effective teaching and learning. 2. To provide functional and practical assistance to graduate students and other clienteles in their operations, planning, and implementation of instructional programs/activities and management of small business enterprises. 3. To solve various problems in home economics including HE administration and supervision through research and extension activities. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 11
  11. 11. Master in Development Administration 1. To develop the technical and professional capability, competence, skills, and values of leaders and workers in translating broad national development policies into planning, implementing, and managing specific programs and projects. 2. To provide leadership in the region and develop models, programs, policies, strategies, and other innovations on administration for quality service delivery. 3. To build up the professional’s research and extension capabilities and skills in the management, translation, and packaging of policies and technologies. Master of Arts in Human Resource Development and Planning 1. To provide for a quality, relevant, and effective graduate program that promote national identity, cultural consciousness, moral integrity, and spiritual grounding. 2. To develop competent professional human resource officers and leaders who contribute to national and regional development. 3. To engage in research and development as well as extension/community service in order to respond effectively to the needs of people and improve the quality of human life. Master/Master of Science in Biology 1. To develop critical thinking and independent research skills towards the advancement of knowledge in biology. 2. To provide professional leadership in specialized areas of biology. 3. To engage in research, development, and extension activities that contribute in better understanding and improvement of life. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 12
  12. 12. GRADUATE PROGRAM OFFERINGS AT DMMMSU A. Agoo Center Doctoral Programs Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education Diploma/Master’s Programs Diploma/Master of Arts in Educational Management Diploma/Master of Arts in Science Education Diploma/Master of Arts in Mathematics Education Diploma/Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling Diploma/Master of Arts in Special Education Diploma/Master of Arts in Physical Education Diploma/Master of Arts in Language Teaching Diploma/Master of Arts in Teaching Music Diploma/Master of Arts in Teaching Home Economics Diploma/Master in Development Administration Diploma/Master of Arts in Human Resource Development and Planning Master/Master of Science in Biology B. San Fernando Center Doctoral Programs Doctor of Philosophy in Technological Education Management Doctor of Philosophy in Development Administration Master’s Programs Master in Development Administration Master of Arts in Technological Education C. Bacnotan Center Doctoral Programs Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Education Doctor of Philosophy in Extension Education DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 13
  13. 13. Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Science (Major in Plant Science and Animal Science) Master’s Programs Master of Science in Agricultural Education Master of Science in Agronomy Master of Science in Animal Science Master of Science in Rural Community Development Master of Science in Sericulture Master of Science in Agroforestry Master in Forestry (Non-Thesis) Master of in Rural Community Development (Non-Thesis) Diploma in Forestry (1 year) DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 14
  14. 14. A Brief History of DMMMSU The Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University started as small agricultural high school known as the La Union Agricultural School (LUAS) started by virtue of R.A. 2692 on June 18, 1960. Eight years later, it was converted into an agricultural college called the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial College of Agriculture by virtue of R.A. 5310, in memory of the late Don Mariano Marcos who met his untimely death within the vicinity of the main the campus of the University. On December 10, 1974, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed P.D. 615 converting the DMMMCA into a state college. On April 12, 1979, by virtue of P.D. 1617, the Balaoan School of Fisheries in Paraoir, Balaoan, La, Union was integrated into the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State College (DMMMSC). After seven years of being a state college, the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University was established to provide advanced instruction in the arts, agriculture, fishery, engineering, and natural sciences as well as in other technological and professional fields, promote research, and engage in extension work. Presidential Decree 1778 issued by then President Marcos on January 15, 1981 integrated five (5) colleges namely: the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State College (DMMMSC) as the main campus; (2) the La Union of Arts and Trades (LUSAT) in San Fernando founded in 1907, as its College of Engineering and Technology; and (3) the Southern Ilocos Polytechnic States Colleges (SIPSC). SIPSC which is the base college in the southern La Union was created by P.D. 1179 in July 28, 1977 that earlier integrated the Southern La Union National High School in Agoo, the Sto. Tomas Colleges of Fisheries, and the Rosario National Agriculture School in Rosario, La Union and reconstituted into the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fisheries, and the Colleges of Agriculture, respectively. Meanwhile, the Community Colleges of La Union (CCLU) in San Fernando was identified as the College of Liberal Arts and (5) the Sapilang Elementary School, formerly under the Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS), was integrated into the main campus as its Laboratory Elementary School. Dr. Bienvenido P. Agpaoa became the first Don Mariano Marcos State University President until his untimely death on October 3, 1988. His stewardship was defined by massive academic and infrastructure development. He was succeeded by Dr. Manuel T. Corpus, the former President of the Cagayan State University who was formally installed in a turnover ceremony as the second DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 15
  15. 15. DMMMSU President on February 18, 1989. During the interim period from Dr. Agpaoa’s death and Dr. Corpus’ assumption into office, the University was managed by Dr. Pablito G. Picardal, Vice President for Administration as Officerin-Charge. When Dr. Manuel T. Corpus assumed the Presidency, the mandate was clear for him. The University must be responsive to the needs, problems, and concerns of the constituents and community. The University’s trek towards modernization and computerization was reflective of his grasp of the advent of Information Age, and its necessity in an educational institution. He restructured the University in 1993 in accordance with Six-Year Development Plan (19931998). It was reorganized into three major campuses namely: North La Union Campus in Bacnotan as the main campus, Mid-La Union Campus in the City of San Fernando, and South La Union Campus in Agoo. Two other operating units also catered the instructional function of the University: (1) the Graduate College based in the City of San Fernando with centers at the North and South La Union Campuses, and (2) the Don Mariano Marcos State University Open University System (DOUS) which was created by virtue of BOR Resolution No 98-024 on March 26, 1998. The University has 69 regular academic programs broken down into six (6) post-graduate programs in Philosophy and Education, 23 master’s degree programs, and 60 undergraduate degree programs. It has 65 specialization areas, nine (9) post-secondary non-degree programs, a laboratory program for both the secondary and elementary levels, eight (8) evening opportunity classes that cater to the out-of-school youth, and DOUS which provides curricular offerings from the graduate level to include two (2) Master’s degree, one (1) Bachelor program, and Certificates in Early Childhood Education, Teaching, and Entrepreneurship. On July 14, 1999, Dr. Dionisio Gat Ducusin was appointed as the third DMMMSU President for one and a half years serving the unexpired term of Dr. Corpus. On January 10, 2001, Dr. Ernesto R. Gapasin assumed his post as the fourth DMMMSU President. Under the stewardship of Dr. Gapasin, a dynamic and development-oriented leader, DMMMSU made its rightful place among the best and finest institution of higher educations in the country. Shortly after Dr. Gapasin’s retirement, then Vice-President for Research and Extension, Dr. Florentina S. Dumlao served as Officer-in-Charge of the University DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 16
  16. 16. until the appointment of the fourth DMMMSU President in the person of Atty. Benjamin P. Sapitula in July 2011. Dr. Sapitula is the incumbent president to date and in his short stint, he has made DMMMSU land as one of the CHEDadjudged Leading Institutions of the country. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 17
  17. 17. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies- Agoo A Historical Perspective Pre-DMMMSU: The Humble Beginning PD 1179 mandated the creation of Southern Ilocos Polytechnic State College (SIPSC) which offered baccalaureate and graduate education. The Graduate Studies (GS) served as the apex of learning in the University under the Advanced Education Program. Graduate education in Agoo Campus started as early as June 1979 through an Office Memorandum of then SIPSC President Dr. Rufino S. Eslao as a program for faculty development of the newly created SIPSC. The teachers/instructors then urgently needed professional growth to suit the qualifications needed for a Higher Education Institution. Likewise, the GS provided graduate education to elementary and secondary teachers, principals, and supervisors in the service area. The South La Union Campus (then the seat of SIPSC) offered Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education (MATEA) by virtue of Memorandum 1978-79 on June 23, 1978. Board Resolution No. 1-78 formalized and implemented the operations of Graduate School. Under Memorandum 1978-15, the college offered Master of Arts in Educational Management (MAEDM) (Plan A and B); Human Resources Development and Planning (HRDP); and Mathematics Education (MAME). Graduate Education in DMMMSU On January 15, 1981 the Southern Ilocos Polytechnic State College was merged with other educational institutions in La Union to become the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University by virtue of PD 1778 with its first president, Dr. Bienvenido P. Agpaoa. It has a mandate to provide advanced instruction in the arts, agriculture, forestry, fishery, engineering, and natural sciences as well as in the technological and professional fields to promote research and engage in extension work. Thus, all academic programs, both graduate and undergraduate, were absorbed by the University as academic programs including those under the then DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 18
  18. 18. SIPSC and later renamed as DMMMSU-College of Arts and Sciences [DMMMSU-CAS]. The Graduate School continued to operate under the auspices of the new University administration. The unprecedented change of the College to a University did not dampen the spirit to develop, design, and institute new curricular programs. New specializations were designed, approved. and offered in the Graduate School. The initial courses offered were Master of Arts degrees in Science Education [BR No. 83, s. 1980]; Mathematics Education [BR No. 82, s. 1980]; Educational Management and Human Resource Development and Planning [BR No. 81, s. 1980]; and Teaching Music [BR No. 261, s. 1980]. The first group of graduates in 1980 was composed of five Master of Arts in Educational Management. In 1985, the Master in Development Administration [MDA] was approved by virtue of BR No. 256-84. An added provision to the resolution was to award a Certificate in Development Administration [CDA] after finishing 24 units of the prescribed curriculum. In 1988, Master of Arts in Special Education [MASpEd] and Language Teaching [MALT] were approved by virtue of BR No. 419-88. In 1994, the first doctoral program, Doctor of Philosophy in Science (PhD SciEd) Education, was approved through BR No. 94-482-A. In 1995, Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling was approved through BR No. 95-013-A. In 1998, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration [EdAd] and Master of Arts in Physical Education [MAPE] through BOR No.98-004 became operational. These programs were approved during the incumbency of the then president, Dr. Manuel T. Corpus Periodically, the curricular programs underwent reviews, revisions, and enrichment as well as the offering of new programs relevant with the changes and needs of the human resource in the service area and in the region. During the term of Dr. Ernesto R. Gapasin, the MAPE program was subsequently revised through BOR 2000-36. At the onset of the new millennium, Master of Arts in Teaching Home Economics [MAT-THE] was offered by virtue of BR No. 2000-36. Administratively, the University kept on soaring and growing, thus, the renamed Graduate School also developed. Board Resolution No. 95-034 on June 1, 1995 created a dynamic change in the administration of the College. The three Graduate Schools in the three Campuses of the University were merged as a composite unit of MLUC under the administrative supervision of DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 19
  19. 19. then Campus Chancellor Dr. Ernesto R. Gapasin and academically headed by a Dean. The dean was backstopped by an associate dean designated in each Center - Agoo, San Fernando, and Bacnotan - which strongly coordinated to evolve into distinct centers of advanced education in the three major campuses SLUC, MLUC, and NLUC. In its search for identity, the College underwent another dynamic change in its organizational set-up. Board Resolution No. 98-023 authorized the College for another re-organization, setting itself as an autonomous operating unit under the Office of the University President. The change made the Center as one of the three operating units of the Graduate College and manned by an Associate Dean who is under the administrative supervision of the College Dean. On June 14, 2001, the Graduate College Organizational structure, approved through BOR No. 2001-138, instituted the GC Dean to be at par with the Chancellors of the Campuses and the Associate Deans are recognized as members of the University Administrative Council. The Graduate College-Agoo continues to carve its niche in the region in the country and has made a name when it comes to offering advanced education. All these developments and achievements were brought forth through the dynamism of service and leadership in the charge of Deans/Associate Deans namely: Dr. Remigio S. Aquino, first dean, 1979-1981; Dr. Lucia E. Domondon,1982-1986; Dr. Amelia O. Bacuñgan,1987-1988; Dr. Felomina D. Eslao,1989-1996; Dr. Grace D. Runas,1996-2009; Dr. Remedios C. Neroza, 2009-2013; and Dr. Emmanuel J. Songcuan, 2013-present. Change in the GC organization was inevitable. The Graduate College underwent another organization scheme within the context of BOR Resolution No. 2005-22 that paved way for Campus Vertical Institution of Graduate Programs. This is in line with the DMMMSU Rationalized Organizational Structure. The resolution highlighted the return of the Graduate Programs in the respective campuses of the University wherein the GC programs of Agoo and the other Centers were under the administrative lookout of each of the three campuses. In a Presidential Memo issued by Dr. Ernesto R. Gapasin on December 29, 2006, the GC resources (human, material, and financial) was transferred to the campuses and was implemented effective January 9, 2007. The college was also renamed as the College of Graduate Studies (CGS). DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 20
  20. 20. The College of Graduate Studies: The University’s Seal of Quality Performance As a testament of the Graduate Studies quest for quality assurance, it was evaluated as one of the top 10 Superior Advanced Educational Institutions in the country by CHED-Evaluation of Graduates Education in the Philippines (EGEP) in October, 2003 and the only Superior Graduate Education institution in Region I. The GS-Agoo Campus underwent series of accreditation. It underwent voluntary accreditation and was awarded Level I status on December 7, 1995 and subsequently awarded Level II on June 27, 1996 and Re-Accredited Status on July 30, 1999 by AACCUP. On February 15, 2006, it received the AACCUP Second Resurvey Level III Accreditation (Phase I) and qualified for Level III (Phase 2) last August 30, 2007. In the current year, the revitalized College of Graduate Studies makes a bid for Level IV (Phase-I) Accreditation. THE CGS Accreditation Trail L evel I II III-1 III-2 Accreditation Status Voluntary Accreditation Formal Survey Reaccredited status Second Resurvey Visit (Level III – Phase 1) Level III – Phase 2 Actual Visit Awarded February 28 – March 1, 1995 June 16 -18, 1996 March 11-14, 1999 January 26-28, 2006 December 7, 1995 June 27, 1996 July 30, 1999 February 15, 2006 September 13, 2007 August 30, 2007 DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 21
  21. 21. Section 1 GENERAL ORIENTATION ON GRADUATE EDUCATION AT DMMMSU Introduction The College of Graduate Studies is the apex of education at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University. It is the bastion of the university’s ideals towards the refinement of man and the society. It serves as a leader institution and a catalyst of change, transformation, and development of professionals and communities. Graduate Education at DMMMSU has a mandate to provide advanced instruction and educational experience in specific fields of specialization in order to develop a high level of knowledge, skills, and competencies among professional. At DMMMSU, graduate students get to imbibe the vision, values, and ethos of the institution which lay the foundation for continuous learning and career growth. The DMMMSU graduate education experience trains the professional to work independently and collaboratively with others and to make a difference in the society that truly marks the DMMMSU graduate. This document outlines the expectations for graduate students, faculty, and advisers towards understanding the letter and spirit of DMMMSU Graduate Education and experiencing the best practices of the college and university. And while experiencing the brand of education offered at the college, both faculty and students are challenged not only to excel and pursue scholarly pursuits in their respective fields but also to take leadership initiatives and create innovations. Such endeavors are necessary for the successful attainment of the goals of the graduate college and for realizing the vision and mission of the university, that is, becoming a university with a class of its own, yet, sensitive and responsive to the needs and aspirations of the local communities it serves and to the bigger global community. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 22
  22. 22. The Graduate Programs The different graduate programs at DMMMSU offer advanced level of education in the specific areas and disciplines. Students go through varied and stimulating learning experiences as they interact with professors, education experts, and other professionals via residency-based learning modality and through other alternative and technology-driven means of acquiring knowledge and skills and other attributes. Courses at CGS-Agoo are regularly reviewed in order to keep abreast with recent trends and issues affecting specific fields of interest and to provide relevant concepts and techniques that prepare the graduate student to become a better professional. With such objectives, the different courses (foundation, major, minor, and cognate subjects) expose the student to a range of curricular and extra-curricular activities as well as various course works, projects, research requirements, and outreach activities that hone competencies, enrich the graduate experience, and inculcate the values of excellence, scholarship, service, and professionalism. Moreover, graduate education at DMMMSU aims to cultivate the discipline and scholarly spirit towards discovering new knowledge, refining systems, facilitating processes, and acquiring skills and behaviors in the conduct of projects and researches. Through their research experiences and interactions with faculty and peers, students should learn good research practices, theories, and methodologies appropriate to their chosen fields of study. In addition, students should also engage with community work and other services that gives more meaning in the practice of the profession and in contributing to the development of communities. Graduate work at DMMMSU is also distinct as it pursues quality and excellence measured against benchmarks and standards of the field. Research takes a focal role in the graduate studies where students must make a relevant contribution. It is also expected that the student’s research work must have breadth and depth and must articulate the emerging trends and needs of the profession and discipline vis-a-vis the student’s field of interest and career. Given such expectations of the graduate student, the college provides a mechanism for scaffolding and accelerating the completion of a degree. The graduate student is encouraged to start the process of thesis and dissertation writing early in the program. The college provides research guidance to the DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 23
  23. 23. students through their professors, a graduate adviser and several committees who help in the conceptualization until the writing and publication of the thesis and dissertation. The Graduate Student The nature of graduate studies education is unlike undergraduate education which usually has its focus in the acquisition of diploma to practice a profession and which requires constant monitoring and guidance to the student. Graduate education requires heavy academic work and arduous scholarly pursuits including strings of extension work to apply the gains of graduate studies. Such requirement necessitates every student to possess high level of motivation and right attitude towards learning and service, possessing a genuine love for knowledge with an overarching goal of serving humanity and contributing in its advancement. While one’s purpose of pursuing graduate studies may be developing a career, such goal must be aligned towards the desire for upgrading competencies and skills in order to become a better professional - not simply for earning academic units and degree for the sake of promotion. Students must fully understand that career opportunities and development come from fully equipping oneself with skills and competencies, professionalizing oneself deserving of respect from peers, and making a genuine contribution. These attributes spell the difference of those who succeed in their career and those who do not. Along this objective of graduate schooling, the graduate programs have the task of admitting only those who have high motivation for graduate work. The Graduate Admission Committee (GAC) should assess not only whether the applicant meets the scholastic requirement but also whether an applicant has the right attitude and motivation for scholarly pursuits. He also must understand the rigor, discipline, and responsibilities required in the graduate school including making relevant contribution in the field and in the community. Proper counseling and redirection must be provided, if necessary, before a student is admitted for graduate studies at DMMMSU. Once admitted in a program, the student should receive regular feedback of his performance and progress. The Graduate Program Committee (GPC), through the Curriculum Adviser (CA), should monitor the students and DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 24
  24. 24. communicate clearly, in writing and in a timely manner to appropriate committees and offices, if a student needs to remedy deficiencies, to be redirected to another program, or to terminate the student’s contract with the graduate school. Moreover, graduate students are expected to have some level of maturity and conscientiousness in assessing their own progress and achievement, and seeking meeting with their GPC for their program-related concerns. Graduate students also should recognize that the graduate degree is not a matter of simply appearing in the classes, but on actively participating and shaping the classroom teaching and learning, as well as co-constructing knowledge with their professors and other scholars. Issues and concerns of the society must be brought into the classroom to be dissected and offered solutions and must be fed back and applied in the different sectors of the society. Such practices enrich the graduate experience and pave the way in the making of a professional. The Curriculum Adviser For most part of the student’s academic life, the Curriculum Adviser, usually a major professor, provides a critical role in providing the first base of guidance and direction to the student in the graduate studies. The CA is responsible for orienting the students under the program (especially the new students and transferees), forming the Graduate Program Committee for each graduate student, evaluating each student’s records for possible deficiencies every term especially those under probation, and convening the GPC for necessary actions to be taken or any concern about a graduate student. Likewise, the CA is responsible in forming the Oral Examination Committee (OrEC) when a student is already in the thesis/dissertation writing stage. The CA looks for experts in the university and in other schools and agencies whose specialization, researches, and publications match the student’s research topic and endorses three (3) possible advisers chosen by the student for the Dean’s final approval. For the diploma program, the CA approves the special project/action research/ and/or other similar undertakings required by the program and supervises the same towards its successful completion and compliance to program requirements. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 25
  25. 25. The Graduate Program Committee (GPC) The Graduate Program Committee serves as an advisory group of each graduate student. Once formed, the GPC (led by the Curriculum Adviser who acts as the Chair) provides additional guidance to the student throughout the latter’s academic life in the college. The GPC should be aware of the student’s scholastic standing and research potential and periodically review the student’s progress. Students should be aware of the composition of their GPC and are encouraged to meet regularly with the committee, whether as a group or individually, even on an informal or casual basis during luncheon encounters. Such meetings can broaden the student’s perspectives that may help in the academic life of the graduate student and in shaping the student’s research objectives. In addition, the GPC members may serve on examination committees or be asked to recommend action for a student having academic difficulties and other concerns. Likewise, in cases of conflict between the graduate student and adviser, the GPC often is asked to arbitrate. All of these duties should be discharged thoughtfully, with the student’s best interest in mind. The Graduate Adviser Upon presentation of a plan of study that starts the process of the student’s thesis or dissertation, the College Advisory Committee (composed of Program Coordinators, Curriculum Adviser, program specialists, and senior faculty members assembled during a title defense) evaluates and approves Title Proposals. Once a title is approved, the committee endorses the student to the Curriculum Adviser who shall help the student in scouting for possible adviser and forming the student’s Oral Examination Committee (OrEC) for approval of the Dean. It is emphasized that the basis of selection for an adviser and later, the OrEC membership, must be based on the expertise of the individual members, and in consonance with the policy set on the number of advisees and panel membership. Once an adviser has been selected for a student, the student and the adviser meets. It is critical that a good match and relationship between the adviser and student be established. It is the adviser who acts as the student’s DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 26
  26. 26. mentor, shaping the student’s values and understanding of research. Thus, the selection of an adviser must be considered carefully and guided by the students’ research work. During the initial meetings, both the graduate student and adviser should fully discuss their research goals, their mutual interests, the compatibility of their work habits and personalities, their timelines and availability, and the career goals of the student to ensure the successful completion of the thesis/dissertation. Where the matching between the two is an issue, such should be communicated to the Curriculum Adviser for reconsideration - but only when major differences cannot be fully resolved. Once the adviser-advisee contract has been made, it is the adviser’s responsibility to guide the student through what may be the student’s first scholarly research experiences and to constructively critique the student’s research outputs. The graduate adviser must guide and evaluate the student’s research plan and provide the necessary assistance and resources to give direction to the student’s research study. It is the responsibility of the adviser and student to meet frequently enough to achieve these goals. As a mentor, the adviser should NOT spoonfeed the student or write the thesis/dissertation. Neither should he let the student wallow in his research activity without sufficient input and assistance. The terminal objective of conducting and writing the research is to develop the skill, attitude, and discipline of the students to lay the foundation for self-driven and independent research work. To this end, guidance should be given to the student whenever possible with the aim of teaching effective research practice and right attitude. Prior to and during graduate study, graduate programs should provide applicants and students with honest appraisals of career opportunities. The Graduate Admission Committee, Graduate Program Committee and the adviser has the responsibility to prepare the student to become competitive in his field. This assistance may include helping to identify potential positions and opportunities, writing reference letters, reviewing and critiquing the student’s curriculum vitae, and guiding the student through the application and review process. Advisers may also contact linkages recommending their graduate students. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 27
  27. 27. The Research Process in Graduate Study The tenet of the graduate program is the conduct of a research that reflects the student’s original contribution in his field. The student and the adviser must invest time and effort in the conduct of the research in order to avoid problems and mistakes that might derail the completion of the research and the awarding of a degree. The research process in the graduate program can be divided into three overlapping phases: the research conceptualization phase (from admission to the Title Defense Stage) the achievement phase (Proposal Defense Stage), and the research writing and publication phase (Final Defense Stage). The Research Conceptualization Phase. During the research conceptualization phase, the researcher finds and refines the research objective of interest as he learns the necessary background and gain perspectives. The process starts at the moment of acceptance in the program guided by his courses, readings, and interaction with the academic community that build the framework of the research topic. Assembling a coherent and focused material to support a particular research objective is an arduous task that requires patience and tenacity. The student often feels overwhelmed by the task. He may even feel at a lost as he gets immersed into the world of research and may feel as if he is not progressing in his work or not heeding to a clear direction. Sometimes, this stage is called the “research block” as the student is hard put at nailing a particular research topic or at concretizing initial thoughts into a workable and researchable study plan. During this stage, students must constantly interact with their professors – sharing their ideas, getting feedbacks, brainstorming - in order to gain wider perspective and get some help in charting the directions of research. Matter of fact, these interactions allow the student the opportunity for identifying potential adviser who can articulate your area of research, provide shape and focus for the planned research, and offer the necessary guidance. Compatibility matching may also be determined during this stage. It is important for graduate students to not give up in an effort to nail down a particular research problem that is broad enough for a graduate study and narrow enough to make a specific, measurable, and attainable, replicable, and time-bound research. The task of the apprentice researcher is to find a new angle that is not very much explored or saturated with similar studies. Another DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 28
  28. 28. consideration is to relate the research study with current experiences, observations, and problems in one’s school, community, or any defined context from which to anchor the study. This phase of the research may take some time especially for students who do not have specific research agenda and who simply rely for help from professors and advisers. While professors and advisers have the responsibility of providing guidance to the graduate researcher, it is the responsibility of the student to define his research objectives. Many times, students fail to understand and execute research topics that have been handed over by their professors and advisers especially when the student is wanting of theoretical and conceptual understanding of the material. Such situations unnecessarily delay the student in completing this phase of the research. It is a good practice that the student must carefully reflect on what he can do and accomplish vis-à-vis his chosen area of study and select his adviser who will polish the student’s research objective. One other thing that a student must hurdle during this phase is passing the required comprehensive examination that tests the student’s grasp and level of understanding of the program – both from a theoretical and pragmatic perspectives. The Formal Research Phase. Shortly after the Title Defense Stage, the student, through the help of the Curriculum Adviser, must identify a graduate adviser and form the OrEC. With the guidance of an adviser, it is expected that about half of the research undertaking (Chapters 1-3) will have been completed by the dedicated researcher in a month or two and be ready for the proposal (Proposal Defense). In this stage, the focus of the research is narrowed, research questions are refined, research designs are made, data collection procedures are put in place together with the instruments to be used, and statistical tools and procedures clearly understood. Generally, the research direction may change during this phase especially after the evaluation of the research proposal. The OrEC should evaluate whether the research proposal will be a significant achievement and an original contribution of the student in his field. After successful completion of the preliminary examination, the OrEC committee and the Office of the Dean should be informed periodically about the progress of the DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 29
  29. 29. research and any variations that occur in the proposed effort through the Research Adviser. Constant interaction between the adviser (and the OrEC members) and student is important in this phase to give the student constructive criticism and ensure that the research is ready for examination. The adviser should participate in the research effort by performing activities such as helping refine the research problems, the framework of the study and instruments, as well as reviewing and critiquing data, methods, and preliminary findings. The adviser should be familiar with the theoretical or methodological framework used and the results obtained. The Oral Examination Committee also should participate actively in advising the student during this phase and clearing some gray areas in the student’s research. Near the end of this phase, the student should have mastered his area of work and feels like an expert in the field of study. Notwithstanding, it is advised that consultation be done with the OrEC especially for some issues raised during the oral examination and to get guidance and approval whether the research is proceeding as planned and make necessary changes where needed. The Writing and Publication Phase. During the final phase, the primary emphasis of the effort is on writing the dissertation/thesis and publishing the research work. This stage usually takes longer than proposal stage, and the student seems to be overwhelmed at the task of putting into words the results of the study. At times, the student may simply tune out of the writing of report. This is a critical phase in the research process and the student is advised to seek all possible help and network of support to help understand inputs and outputs of the research activity. Research advisers should also give adequate time for the student needing help. Interaction with the adviser usually involves completing the paper that is acceptable in the academic community for both content and format, editing the dissertation/thesis, and preparing for the final thesis defense/examination. It is good practice for the student and adviser to discuss the significance of the work carefully and the expectations of the student with regard to a completed body of work. The final examination occurs at the end of this phase and usually consists of a presentation and defense of the thesis or dissertation. A final examination is required for all doctoral and master’s students and in the case of diploma programs, a formal presentation of the special project to the Curriculum Adviser. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 30
  30. 30. The examinations generally are administered by the Oral Examination Committee composed of faculty members and external evaluator (who is a recognized expert in the field of research of the student), acting on behalf of the University. The Dissertation/Thesis The final document presents the contributions of a graduate student at the master’s or doctoral level. The thesis/dissertation produced by the graduate must be judged by the OrEC to include originality, relevance, and significant contributions, and writing quality. The completion of a master’s thesis is optional in many departments through the diploma program, but the completion of an acceptable dissertation is required to obtain a doctoral degree. In order to describe the contributions of the student properly, the background and previous contributions to this area of investigation must be discussed, evaluated, and accurately cited. The problems must have been thoroughly defined and an appropriate framework and paradigm constructed. The student is expected to know all of the literature related to the research effort, and this should be apparent in the paper written in the words of the researcher. The main data from which conclusions are drawn must be shown in the body of the research. Other intermediate data, which might be used by another investigator in replicating the study, may be included in appendices. In the conclusions section of the dissertation, clear distinction must be made between preexisting information and new information that has been learned and reported by the student. The significance of these contributions and their relationship to previous research should be identified and discussed and appropriate recommendations are offered, if any. The writing of the research is generally a significant effort. Often, it is the first such experience for a student, and the student may require substantial help in order to learn how such works are written. Usually, several revisions are required to complete a satisfactory dissertation. It is often the primary responsibility of the adviser to assist the student, although the Graduate College provides help for cases where technical and remedial assistance is required. A seminar in thesis and dissertation writing is usually taken as a program requirement and manual is available on writing the thesis/dissertation according to the style and format of the university. Technical Editing and Statistical DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 31
  31. 31. Services are also provided for the students. Even so, the research must be written by the student and no one else. Writing following the conventions in the discipline and in the college is a key skill that must be learned during graduate studies. Bypassing or shortcutting this arduous learning process does not help the student, especially with the goal of training the student become skilled in conducting and writing researches in their respective stations after their completion of their graduate program. Publication The formal research undertaking in the college usually ends with the defense of the final paper before a panel of experts (OrEC) and submission of the research manuscript for the granting of a degree. However, the research process continues towards disseminating results since undisclosed knowledge is useless. The world of research has changed from simply conducting research to having it presented in colloquia and published in peer-reviewed/refereed journals. At the University, the student’s research results are usually disseminated through college- and program-organized research forum and colloquium and published in the college research journal. Students should appreciate that publication is an important component of the research process and that they have the responsibility to publish the results of the work in publications that are peer reviewed (refereed) and retrievable through normal literature search procedures (archival). Peer review often strengthens the quality of research by helping to identify potential flaws as it gets reviewed by experts in the field. Once it passes through what is usually a rigid and strict standards of professional journals, the work may be considered of higher value especially when it gets a lot of citations from other researchers and professionals. The preparation of books, papers, and other publications for peer review and publication is a skill that a student will find necessary for a productive career. Development of the skills to write such works is an important part of graduate education. The issue of co-authorship on publications must also be taken into consideration. In general, anyone who has made a significant contribution to the research effort should either be included as a coauthor or acknowledged in the paper. The adviser generally is considered to have contributed to the student’s work and as such, be included as co-author in publications. Co-authorship of a DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 32
  32. 32. piece of work should not include individuals who did not substantially provide much input in the research, such as sponsors or head of an office. The Role of the Graduate Program The role of the graduate program in graduate education is to maintain standards of quality particularly in the in four-fold function of the university – instruction, research, extension, and production. Thus, graduate programs have the following responsibilities usually are delegated to the Graduate Program Committee (GPC), to wit: o o o o o o o o o o To orient students of their rights and responsibilities To impose standards of acceptable and ethical behavior, expectations of graduate study, accepted practice within the field To provide assistance that will ensure student’s survival and successful completion of degree To assist in matching the student and adviser and encourage high standards of student mentoring To offer counseling to students and/or faculty when difficulties arise To establish an appeals process for cases of conflict between students and faculty To regularly review each student’s progress and to share the results of the review with the student To insist upon academic integrity and professional and ethical conduct To develop procedures to ensure that grades, letters of recommendation, and examination results are kept confidential To nominate examination committees The ultimate authority to carry out these responsibilities rests with the Curriculum Adviser or, in the case of interdisciplinary graduate programs, with the Program Coordinator. The Curriculum Adviser acts as a general counselor for all students within the program and often as a counselor for faculty with regard to matters concerning graduate education. The Curriculum Adviser is a member of the graduate faculty whom students will rely on to: DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 33
  33. 33. 1) provide confidential and substantive help in resolving conflicts, 2) to understand and interpret the policies and procedures for both the program and the Graduate Studies so that students are not hindered in obtaining their degrees, and 3) to provide general assistance to students in achieving their graduate degrees. In those rare instances when problems arise between graduate students and faculty, the normal process of resolution is to consult first with the Curriculum Adviser or the GPC. In some situations, a graduate student or faculty member might wish to obtain counsel from an individual who is not directly connected with a particular department. The college has designated Program Coordinators to handle cases not resolved in a specific graduate degree program. In addition, the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies provides an alternative route for graduate students or faculty members who seek advice about troublesome situations when discussions in the earlier stages with the adviser, Curriculum Adviser/GPC, Program Coordinator/Dean failed. It is desired that all productive discussions and objective mediations/remediations/alternatives be explored at each level to resolve conflicts. When these methods fail to result in a satisfactory outcome, graduate students and faculty members may pursue recourse through the appropriate University appeals process. The Role of the College of Graduate Studies The College Academic Council The CGS Academic Council is responsible for all academic policies related to post-baccalaureate study and degree programs, particularly those policies that involve admission to the Graduate Studies, standards of work, courses and programs of study, residence requirements, and other requirements for advanced degrees. The CGS Academic Council consists of all faculty with the rank of at least assistant professor presided by Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 34
  34. 34. The policies and guidelines set forth in the administration of graduate programs in the college and in the university are established and approved by the academic council starting from the college and subsequently elevated at the campus and university academic councils and finally approved by the Board of Regents. The policy-making bodies have the following functions and responsibilities: o o To establish guidelines concerning normal progress in the graduate program To provide a written statement of policies and procedures for graduate study in the program The Office of the Graduate Studies The College of Graduate Studies serves as the central office that oversees graduate education at DMMMSU. Applicants to the graduate school are recommended for admission by a graduate program, but they are officially admitted by the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Students are admitted as master’s or doctoral degree students, or as non-degree/diploma students to become education specialists. Admitted students must satisfy the requirements of the Graduate School. Specific standards such as grades are necessary to continue in a program, and the outcomes necessary on required examinations (Qualifying and Comprehensive Examinations) are minimum requirements that must be satisfied to earn a graduate degree (see Section 2 of this handbook). Students who fall short of these standards of their programs will be counseled by the concerned Curriculum Adviser/GPC about their academic deficiencies in the program. After such notification, students who do not perform satisfactorily can be dismissed from the degree program and lose their ability to register for graduate classes at DMMMSU Graduate Studies. The College of Graduate Studies maintains records for all degreeseeking graduate students. Each student must submit an individualized plan of study with the signatures of the Oral Examination Committee. This plan of study is approved and maintained by the college, and any changes to this document must be approved by the office. The College of Graduate Studies gives the qualifying examination for the doctoral degree and the comprehensive examination for all degree programs. Finally, the records of all candidates are DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 35
  35. 35. evaluated by the College Academic Council to certify each student for the appropriate degree. Questions about academic requirements, student progress or performance, and faculty- student relationships that cannot be answered within the program level may be directed to the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Any graduate student is encouraged to come to the Graduate Studies Office to discuss academic concerns that have not been resolved at the program level or other issues that affect the student’s academic performance. To maintain standards of graduate education, faculty members from the university and individuals outside of the university who have displayed expertise in particular fields are invited at DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies to serve as a graduate faculty or adviser that is appropriate to their experience, qualifications, and expected level of graduate activity. The University DMMMSU strives to provide all students and faculty with an environment that is conducive to teaching, learning, and conducting research. The University is responsible for ensuring that the rights of graduate students are protected, and it has delegated most of the responsibility for administering graduate study to the College of Graduate Studies, as discussed previously. However, graduate students are part of the University and enjoy the privileges and responsibilities of being a student. The responsibilities of a graduate student include a commitment to academic integrity and to living and working harmoniously with all other members of the DMMMSU community. The University has explicitly spelled out its policies on many of these issues in the Administrative Code, Faculty Manual, and Student Handbook. The Graduate Student in the University Community A graduate student is entitled to the privileges, satisfactions, and amenities of the University. In turn, the graduate student accepts the intellectual, ethical, and moral responsibilities that membership in an academic community entails. The privileges are those of study and consultation with faculty who have proven their expertise, access to library resources, computer and laboratory DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 36
  36. 36. equipment, and a chance to study, collaborate, and compete with other graduate students. Included also are the access to the many centers, resources, and facilities of the university that nurture the intellectual, physical, emotional, mental, spiritual needs of the students. As members of the DMMMSU academic community, graduate students are expected to perform their coursework, research, and writing in a diligent, honest, and ethical manner. Students also are expected to treat others with respect and sensitivity and to engage in community work and services that contribute in the total development of man and progress of the society. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 37
  37. 37. Section 2 ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF GRADUATE PROGRAMS (BOR No. 99-083; BOR No. 2005-27; BOR No. 2010-16; BOR No. 2010-50) A. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 1. Students must be Bachelor’s or Master’s degree holders relevant to the degree applied for with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or better for the master’s degree and 1.75 or better for the doctorate degree. 2. Academic competence/proficiency shall be determined through the following: a. Official Transcript of Records b. Recommendations of two former professors or recognized authorities c. Interview with the applicant or other appropriate means. 3. For foreign students: a. A foreign student must meet all the following admission requirements of the University and the course applied for: b. Official Transcript of Record c. Personal Data d. Affidavit of Support e. Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) f. Result of TOEFL/IELTS (for non-native speakers of English) g. Student visa h. Security Clearance from his/her Embassy i. Resident Guarantor of his/her character j. CHED permit k. Alien fee l. A foreign student may be admitted based on availability of slot of the course applied for. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 38
  38. 38. 4. For transferees: a. A transferee must meet all the following admission requirements of the University and the concerned college: b. Official Transcript of Record c. Certificate of Transfer Credential d. Must qualify in the interview e. Certificate of Good Moral Character Admission of transferees is subject to availability of slot for quota courses. B. CATEGORIES OF ADMISSION 1. Regular Admission Regular admission applies for any applicant who has satisfactorily complied with all the requirements of the degree being sought. The student admitted under this category is eligible to enroll the maximum load allowable for the degree. 2. Probationary Admission The following are the conditions for the probationary admission: Any applicant who fails to comply with the basic admission may be admitted on probationary status. The concerned student shall be allowed an academic load of six (6) units for the first term. A student whose academic preparation is not directly related to the degree being pursued may be admitted under this category while in compliance with the General Provision No. 23.1* on the technical course requirements stated below. Technical Course Requirements. A student who pursues a technicallyoriented degree program (e.g. Agriculture, Science and Technology), and whose highest degree earned is not directly related to the degree being applied for shall be required to earn at least twelve (12) units in the DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 39
  39. 39. undergraduate or Master’s level in specific technical course before one can be allowed to enroll in the major subjects. 3. Audit Admission A qualified applicant who, for good reasons, does not wish to work toward any degree and who has special objectives for professional or scholarly work and desires additional course may be admitted under this category. The student will be rated using the letter grade: P for passed and F for failed. Mere accumulation of graduate course credits under audit category cannot be credited towards any graduate degree and no more than two (2) subjects may be allowed per term. Subjects taken under audit category must be registered as such. 4. Admission for Technology Enabled Instruction (TEI) Admission of students residing and working outside of the Philippines shall follow the approved BOR resolution No. 2004-039 except for the tuition fee which shall be the same as the other CGS programs but with additional cost for Technology Utilization and Development (TUD), and Instructional Materials (IM) per subject enrolled per term as part of Fund 184. Collected TUD and IM fees shall be equitably distributed as follows: - Technology Utilization & Development Author of IM (professor) Administrative Cost (40%) (50%) (10%) C. REGISTRATION A student shall register within the scheduled registration period as provided for in the approval annual academic calendar. A fee shall be imposed on late registration. A student is considered officially enrolled upon payment of the required fees duly validated by the Cashier’s Office. Individual curriculum checklist showing the scholastic standing of an old student should be presented upon enrolment. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 40
  40. 40. Rules on prerequisites in a curriculum are observed and followed during enrolment. 1. Cross-Registration Cross-registration to deregulated private HEI/another SUC/within the University system may be allowed for subjects which are not offered in the campus during the time of cross-registration and upon approval of the Dean as recommended by the Program Coordinator and the Registrar. No student is allowed to cross-enroll in two or more schools within a term. The University shall give no credit for any subject taken by a student in another University/College/School if enrolment in such subject was not authorized in writing by the concerned officials. 2. Shifting from one course to Another A student may apply for a shift of course subject to approval of the Dean of his new course. Shifting of course may only be allowed after the term. 3. Late Registration Students registering on the second Saturday of classes for the regular semester and second day of classes for the summer term are charged a late registration fee in addition to the regular fees. 4. Withdrawal of Registration Withdrawal of registration maybe allowed within three weeks from the opening of classes. A student who withdraws his registration within the prescribed period shall be entitled to retrieve his credentials submitted as requirement for enrolment. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 41
  41. 41. 5. Payment of Fees and Examination Permit School fees maybe paid by installment. However, the computation of refunds shall be based on the tuition assessment. Before any student is allowed to take an examination, all financial obligations must be fully settled, after which an examination permit shall be issued and must be presented. A professor who allows a student to take the final examination without any permit shall be dealt with according to university policies. 6. Change of Subjects Any student may be allowed to add, change, and drop subjects on the following grounds: a) conflict in time schedule; b) non-completion of prerequisites: and c) dissolved/cancelled subjects. A corresponding fee is charged for each changing, adding, or dropping of subjects during the first two sessions after the start of classes for the regular semester and first Saturday for summer. This is no longer allowed thereafter. Any change of subject requires the approval of the Dean. Dropping of subject after the specified period but before the mid-term may be allowed with the approval of the Subject Teacher and the Dean, and acknowledged by the Registrar. A "D" mark shall be given to the student. When a student drops a subject after the midterm with no valid and unjustifiable reason, a failing grade of 5.0 shall be given. 7. Allowable Refunds Except for entrance, registration, and miscellaneous fees, a student who has fully paid the tuition fee, may, upon withdrawal or honorable dismissal, be entitled to a refund in accordance with the following schedules: DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 42
  42. 42. Before the start of classes………………………….. Within one week after opening of classes………. .. st Within the 1 month of classes……………………. st After the 1 month of classes……………………… 90% 75% 50% No refund A certification issued by the registrar and approved by the dean is required to allow the payment of refund. D. GRADUATE COMMITTEES AND ADVISORS 1. Graduate Admission Committee (GAC) Graduate Admission Committee shall be created to determine the admission of applicants and shall be composed of the following members: Chairman: Dean Members: Curriculum Adviser Program Coordinator Senior Faculty The duties and responsibilities of the GAC are as follows: a) To verify the authenticity of records b) To determine the status of students whether permanent or probationary c) To conduct interviews and d) To advise the students on the proper course work e) To evaluate and validate Transcript of Records of students 2. Graduate Program Committee (GPC) For both the master’s and doctorate programs, a GPC shall be organized for each student before the comprehensive examination or proposal defense as applicable. The GPC shall come from the Pool of Professors of the university which shall be updated yearly. The GPC shall be composed of the following: DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 43
  43. 43. Master’s Level Two One One Discipline Major-Field Foundation/ Core Elective/Cognate Doctoral Level Two Two One The GPC is chaired by the Curriculum Adviser. A qualified GPC member must be at least an MA/MS degree holder for the master’s and PhD/EdD holder for the doctoral degree. Each professor is limited to a maximum of ten (10) GPC memberships of bona fide students per semester. The GPC shall be in-charge of monitoring and guiding the concerned graduate student in undertaking all scholastic and research activities related to the program being pursued. The GPC shall be responsible for the accreditation of seminars/workshops/trainings attended by the student based on approved guidelines. 3. Thesis/ Dissertation Adviser Faculty research adviser shall be chosen on the basis of their expertise in the area of the research study and of their availability. The student in consultation with the Curriculum Adviser shall recommend at least three (3) GPC members from which an adviser will be chosen and appointed as his/her thesis/dissertation adviser by the Dean. There shall be a maximum of five (5) active advisees per graduate faculty. 5. Oral Examination Committee (OREC) The OrEC shall be responsible for the conduct and evaluation of the thesis/dissertation proposal and final oral examination. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 44
  44. 44. The OrEC shall be organized during the Graduate Thesis/Dissertation seminar. Membership shall be recommended from the University Pool of Faculty (UPF) by the student and Curriculum Adviser and approved by the Dean. The OrEC shall be composed of the following: Master’s Level Two One One One Discipline Doctoral Level Major Field Foundation Elective/Cognate Expert Evaluator Two Two One One The chair of the OrEC shall be determined on a collegial basis. The expert evaluator is an authority in a field of specialization in terms of experience and knowledge. He may be a faculty or a holder of non-teaching position or from other agencies, public or private. Acceptance of membership to the OrEC necessitates personal presence during the oral examination. An OrEC member who cannot attend the proposal defense will notify the dean and submit a written evaluation at least four days before the scheduled defense. As a part of the administrative responsibility, the Dean may sit in the oral examination. A reconstitution of the OrEC membership can be warranted if there is a change in the research title which is distinctly different from the originally approved title. The researcher is responsible in notifying the retained and substituted members with a letter from the Office of the Dean. The approved OrEC membership by the dean cannot be reconstituted without prior approval at least a month before the proposal. The dissertation and thesis fees to be paid to the OrEC members is P15,000.00 and P10,000, respectively, and shall be distributed as follows: Adviser Members Administrative Cost – – – 37% 57% 5% DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 45
  45. 45. E. STUDY LOAD AND ATTENDANCE A maximum of fifteen (15) units every semester and nine (9) units during summer term may be allowed for regular full-time graduate students. A regular part-time student, with a GPA of 1.24 or better maybe allowed to enroll 12 and 9 units during regular and summer term, respectively. Attendance. Regular attendance for fifty–four (54) hours per semester/term is required. The student may be dropped from the class for unexcused absences of four (4) meetings. F. TIME LIMIT FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS A candidate for the master’s degree must complete all requirements within seven (7) calendar years while a candidate for doctoral degree is required to finish all the requirements within nine (9) calendar years from the start of the program. This time limit includes all the leaves of absence spent by the concerned students. No extension shall be granted (for students who are enrolled from 2007 onwards). F. GRADING SYSTEM* (BOR 2005-27 of 4-28-05) The following grading system should be followed: Master’s/Doctoral 1.00 1.25 1.50 1.75 2.00 5.00 – – – – – – Excellent Very Good Good Satisfactory Passed Failed 98-100 95-97 92-94 89-91 86-88 85 and Below A+ A AB+ B F A graduate student who gets a grade lower than 2.0 may continue the program provided that the GPA is 2.0 or better for the Master’s, and 1.75 or better for the doctoral level. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 46
  46. 46. Other symbols in use but not included in the computation of the Grade Point Average (GPA) are: D – Dropped. A student may be officially Dropped or withdrawn from the course before the midterm examination. INC – Incomplete. It means that the student has completed the major portion of the course work in a satisfactory manner but for reason/s judged by the professor to be legitimate, a portion of the course requirements remains to be completed. Completion of the requirements shall be made within one year. Failure to do so shall mean the automatic conversion of the INC to Failed. The registrar is responsible in the automatic conversion of the INC into failed in coordination with the dean. Students with INC shall be invited per term to report to the Registrar a month after the last day for the submission of final grades. The collected P150 fee for completion is equitably distributed as follows: Professor Dean Curriculum Adviser, Registrar & General Fund for the University – – – 75% 10 % 5% each AC- Accredited. This mark shall be used for the word “Accredited” from other institutions. EN- Enrolled. This mark shall be indicated for academic subjects in which students are currently enrolled/on-going for certification purposes. IP – In Progress. This indicates that the student has shown satisfactory progress in series or sequence of thesis/dissertation requirements where the grade is not given until the sequence of courses is completed until such time that the final grade is recorded. When a final grade is recorded, the mark of IP shall not appear in the Transcript of Records provided it is within the time limit of the graduate program. S or U – Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. It is the grade used to record satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress or completion of work. S shall be counted as credit hours only. This is the grade to be used in seminars and special problems. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 47
  47. 47. G. SCHOLASTIC REQUIREMENT A student admitted on a regular status in the master’s or doctoral level shall maintain a GPA of 2.0 or 1.75 or better respectively. Failure to meet the GPA requirement shall warrant a written warning. A graduate student admitted on a probationary status shall achieve a GPA of 1.75 and 1.50 or better, respectively, to qualify as a regular student in the succeeding semester following probation. Students with GPA of 1.24 or better will be given Certificates of Recognition for Academic Excellence. H. TRANSFER OF CREDIT A maximum of twelve (12) units maybe credited for a student from a Level III accredited institution, maximum of nine (9) units from a Level II accredited institution with accreditation, and maximum of three (3) units from a Level I accredited institution. I. EXAMINATIONS 1. Qualifying/Proficiency Examination A Ph. D. student is required to undertake a Qualifying/Proficiency Examination conducted by the GPC (Graduate Program Committee) and coordinated by the Dean after completion of 18 units. Units earned without passing the Qualifying/Proficiency Examination shall be null and void. The qualifying/proficiency examination includes two phases, namely written and oral. The written examination includes the following areas:     Language Proficiency Mathematics Proficiency Reasoning Proficiency Research Proficiency DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 48
  48. 48.  Specialization Proficiency The oral examination shall focus on the course work and career goal of the student. 2. Comprehensive Examination A student enrolled either in the master’s degree or doctorate degree program should obtain a GPA of 1.75 or better to qualify for the comprehensive examination. After satisfying the course work requirement, the students shall take a written Comprehensive Examination to be given by the GPC. The Comprehensive Examination is intended to test the student’s competence in integrating knowledge on all courses taken. If deemed necessary by the GPC, an oral examination may be administered to supplement the written examination. To pass the comprehensive examination, a student should get the unanimous vote of the GPC. If one fails, a re-examination may be given within two months. Failure in the second examination shall permanently disqualify the student from the program. A comprehensive semester/term. examination shall be scheduled once every 3. Thesis /Dissertation A thesis for the Master of Arts/ Science degree and a dissertation for the Ph. D. degree shall be required for graduation. Master’s program aims to achieve the following: a. update and enrich content knowledge; b. enhance competence to undertake the independent research in an area of specialization including the ability to pose theoretically meaningful problem and hypotheses, gather and analyze data, and communicate the results and theoretical and practical implications of the research to diverse audiences. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 49
  49. 49. Doctoral program aims to develop in students: a. expert level of theoretical knowledge in an area of specialization; b. competence to undertake advanced independent research in an area of specialization including the ability to develop specific complex educational/training programs and systems, to evaluate such complex programs and systems, and communicate the results and implications of the research to diverse audiences (CMO 53, s. 2007) Under special circumstances and upon the approval of the Dean, team research may be undertaken to satisfy the requirement of the thesis/dissertation subject to the following conditions:    The task of each researcher shall be clearly delineated. Appropriate condition, organizational set-up, and general and specific objectives shall be identified. A student may be allowed to defend the research proposal after finishing Methods of Research, Statistics, and at least 12 units in the major course for master’s, and 27 units in the doctoral level. Final Thesis/ Dissertation Examinations The student candidate is allowed to take the final thesis/dissertation examination after having passed the comprehensive examination and upon completion of the thesis/dissertation with a written certification of the adviser regarding the completeness of the answers to the problems/objectives and a written certification of accuracy of analysis/statistical treatment(s) by a statistician. A copy of the finally approved/signed proposal by the OrEC and filed in the Office of the Dean shall be the official basis of the problems/objectives and research design. Upon the dean’s approval of the application for the final examination, the candidate will provide a copy of the thesis/ dissertation to each of the OrEC members at least five (5) workings days before the examination date. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 50
  50. 50. The OrEc shall sit en banc for the final oral examination. Absence of one (1) OrEc member means a re-scheduling of the examination. Copies of the approved thesis/dissertation shall be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies office in the following forms: six (6) hard bound (HB), two (2) CD-RW and two (2) CD-R. Copies shall be distributed to the following:* 1 HB - Researcher 2 HB & 1CD-RW- CGS Dean’s Office 1 HB - Adviser 2 HB & 2 CD-R - Library All copies of the HBs and CDs should be submitted not later than two days before the meeting of the CGS Academic Council. The approval sheet should be completely signed by those concerned before the acceptance in the Office of the Dean. J. APPLICATION FOR CLEARANCE Students who have already graduated or those who wish to transfer to another school must submit a duly accomplished clearance before he/she is allowed to apply for any of the following documents: transcript of records, certificate of good moral character, honorable dismissal and others. Clearance forms are available at the Office of the Registrar. No student will be issued his/her credentials unless he/she has been cleared of all accountabilities. K. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY Any student wishing to officially withdraw from the University and transfer to another school college or university should be cleared of all liabilities and responsibilities (administrative, academic and financial) in the University. The necessary documents for withdrawal such as clearance and request for honorable dismissal could be availed from the Office of the Registrar. A student who has already paid the school fees but intends to withdraw from the University is entitled to a refund of the tuition fees only. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 51
  51. 51. L. GRADUATION A student shall be recommended for graduation after satisfying all the requirements prescribed in the curriculum. A graduating student shall apply for graduation within two (2) months after enrolment in his last semester in the University. At least one (1) month before the end of the semester, the registrar shall post in the Bulletin Board a complete list of candidates for graduation. No student shall graduate from the University unless he has complied with Section 3.11 of the academic policies and completed at least 50% of the total number of units required in his curriculum in the university. The date of graduation to be placed in the Diploma and Official Transcript of th Records shall be the 16 day after the end of the term. Basis for Giving Honors Students who completed their courses with the following Grade Point Average (GPA) computed on the basis of credits, shall graduate with honors to be inscribed in their Diploma and official Transcript of Records. Meritissimus Benemiritus Meritus (Excellent) (Very Good) (Good) 1.03 to 1.00 1.06 to 1.04 1.09 to 1.07 In the computation of the final average of students who are candidates for graduation with honors, rounding off of the final GPA shall not be allowed. No graduate student shall be given an award with a grade of 1.50 or lower. However, grades in Graduate Seminar and Information Technology Management System (ITMS) are not included in the computation of the GPA. Candidates for graduation with honors must have completed in the University at least 75% of the total number of academic credits required in the curriculum. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 52
  52. 52. Credits earned from other schools and credited to the enrolled curriculum shall be included in computing the Grade Point Average within the allowable residency period and as prescribed in the curriculum inclusive of the required study load of each term. Candidates for graduation with honors must have completed the degree program within the minimum prescribed period inclusive of his/her residency in other universities, irrespective of the course enrolled. Students with failure (including validation)/dropped and/or incomplete marks are disqualified for honors. M. DIPLOMA/TRANSCRIPT OF RECORDS A diploma fee shall be charged from each graduating student. The diploma can be claimed from the Registrar’s Office after the presentation of an accomplished clearance. A second copy of the diploma may be issued upon presentation of an affidavit of lost or presentation of the unclear document. The transcript of records can be claimed from the Registrar’s Office upon payment of the corresponding fee and the presentation of an accomplished clearance. N. GENERAL PROVISIONS Leave of Absence When a student discontinues temporarily the graduate work, he/she is required to submit a written request for a leave of absence duly recommended by the GPC and the Dean and filed in the Office of the Registrar. Technical Course Requirement A student who pursues a technically-oriented degree program (e.g. Agricultural Science and Technology), and whose highest degree earned is not DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 53
  53. 53. directly related to the degree being applied for shall be required to earn at least twelve (12) units in the undergraduate or master’s level in the specific technical course before one can be allowed to enroll in the major subjects. O. GRADUATE STUDIES FACULTY 1. Classification of Faculty There shall be core faculty members who are to be officially designated as Program Coordinators (PhD., MS/MA programs) and Curriculum Advisers (PhD. Educational Management/ MA Educational Management, etc.). Assignment of core faculty shall be approved by the Office of the President. Depending on the need, a faculty may be assigned in the CGS as his/her base unit. A CGS core faculty is one who has earned distinction in his field of specialization. This can be manifested in his academic qualifications, professional growth, credibility, and level of experience in the field. A pool of CGS affiliate faculty shall be identified in the University. They may teach in the CGS depending on the need for their area of specialization as determined by the Dean. A visiting professor is a non-DMMMSU faculty who is invited to teach in the College of Graduate Studies. A teaching fellow is one who is enrolled for a postgraduate degree and qualified to teach in the CGS. 2. Loading in the College of Graduate Studies The College of Graduate Studies shall be given priority in the assignment of faculty members every start of the term/semester. Teaching loads may be prepared utilizing the integrated scheduling in accordance with the Updated Workload Guidelines. A CGS core faculty may teach a maximum of three (3) courses equivalent to 13.5 workload units for the regular term, two (2) courses equivalent to nine (9) workload units for the summer, and may be given DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 54
  54. 54. teaching assignment/s in the undergraduate in coordination with the Chancellor. Other assignments may include research, extension, administration, student development services, production, and other quasi-functions. The Dean shall be given fourteen (14) units as per workload guidelines. The Program Coordinator and Curriculum Adviser shall be given six (6) workload units and three (3) workload units, respectively. 3. Benefits and Privileges of the CGS Faculty Based on approved university policies, overload pay shall be given to the CGS faculty with more than eighteen (18) workload units in pure instruction and twenty-one (21) workload units (WLU) based on Article 23.3 of these policies. Authority to incur overload with pay shall be approved by the University President subject to the review by the CGS Dean, Director of Instruction, and the recommendation of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A visiting professor shall be paid per semester/term based on Professor 1 rank. For CGS faculty, a maximum overload of six (6) WLU per term/semester may be given and may be compensated in cash or service credit. Only for an extreme case shall an overload of more than six (6) WLU be allowed and upon prior approval of the President. P. CLASS SIZE AND COURSE SCHEDULE The schedule of classes shall be prepared by the Dean and approved by the Chancellor. A lecture-discussion class shall be limited within a minimum of five (5) to a maximum of twenty-five (25) students. Beyond or below this range, approval of the Dean shall be required. Class size below the lower limit may be allowed if all the following conditions are met: DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 55
  55. 55. 1. One (1) of the students is graduating 2. The enrolled students comprise the total population of the program 3. The subject is a regular course offering DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 56
  56. 56. Section 3 ACCREDITATION OF TRAININGS, WORKSHOPS/ SEMINARS, EXPERIENCES FOR CREDIT IN THE GRADUATE PROGRAM (BOR No. 2005-27 of April 28, 2005) PURPOSE To prescribe the standard requirements and guidelines to be observed in accrediting seminars, workshops, trainings, experiences in lieu of subjects/ courses in any graduate program of the university. CRITERIA FOR ACCREDITATION 1. Seminar-Workshops/Trainings 1.1.1. The organizing agency or sponsoring organization should either be a recognized government agency or an established professional organization. 1.1.2. The seminar-workshop/training applied for should be relevant to a particular subject currently offered at the CGS. 1.1.3. There should be a prior approval from CHED or a recognized agency for accreditation before the conduct of the seminar-workshop/training through a memorandum; 1.1.4. The sub-topics for panel or group discussion should be appropriate for the theme; 1.1.5. The lecturers, resource persons, facilitators, discussants, or panelists must possess the proper educational qualifications to speak largely on their major fields of concentration and conduct the appropriate evaluation; DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 57
  57. 57. 1.1.6. The schedule of sessions, lectures/programs should indicate the topic, the name of the lecturer, and the number of hours; 1.1.7. The course syllabus will be the basis of evaluation by the Graduate Program Committee. 1.1.8. The student must have an accumulated 54 training hours to qualify for accreditation. In no case should the training be less than eighteen (18) hours; 1.1.9. A maximum of six (6) units shall only be accredited to the program; 1.1.10. Trainings, seminars/workshops should have been taken within three (3) years immediately preceding the accreditation; 1.1.11. Evidence of accomplishment like original certificate and output should be presented. 2. Experiences 2.2.1. Experiences in the following specific areas may be considered for accreditation: Industry experience Research experience Extension activities Entrepreneurial experience Consultancy services 1.2.2 Teaching experience Others, as applicable Graduate of MS/MA related courses directly related to the subject may be considered for accreditation and should be subjected to the approved process. DMMMSU-College of Graduate Studies Agoo Center … creating possibilities| 58