Faculty Regent’s July 29, 2010 Report (with Attachments in PDF)

Posted on August 2, 2010

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Faculty Regent’s July 29, 2010 Report

Prof. Judy M. Taguiwalo, PhD

My report covers the following:

I. The UP Sectoral Regents’ Forum on the Search for the Next UP President

II. The 2010 Sectoral Regents’ System-wide, Multi -sectoral Conference on September 2 and 3, 2010

III. Concerns raised regarding the 2010 Faculty Regent Selection Process

I. The UP Sectoral Regents’ Forum on the Search for the Next UP President

The Faculty, Student and Staff Regents are sponsoring a series of fora entitled “The Search for the Next UP President: Criteria, Process and Experience” The objectives of the forum are:

  • To help prepare for the active and informed participation of the university’s faculty, students, REPS, and administrative staff in the search process through: the sharing of information and sharing of experience
  • To elicit suggestions and comments related to the nomination and selection process

Two fora have been held so far: the UPLB forum last July 15 and the UPM forum last July 23.  In both fora, 2004 Student Regent Marco de los Reyes, who was part of the 2004 selection process for the UP President, was the resource person. He shared the criteria, process and experience in the previous search. Staff Regent Clodualdo Cabrera provided the rationale and objectives of the Sectoral Regents fora while Student Regent Cori Alessa Co presented the criteria for nominations, the process and schedules for the 2010 Search for the Next UP President. I moderated the open forum where questions and suggestions from the floor were discussed.

The questions raised during the fora that we were unable to answer are the following:

  1. Is there an age limit for the nominees?
  2. Does an individual need to have previous connection to UP to be nominated?
  3. Does every nomination need to include the required documents such as CV, consent, vision statement or once a complete nomination has been submitted, is it all right to just forward to the Search Committee additional endorsements for the nominee?
  4. Will the Search Committee come up with a shortlist of nominees?

Suggestions regarding the search were also forwarded:

  1. In both UPLB and UPM, a strong request that the public forum/consultation be not limited to UP Diliman with other CU constituents participating only through video conferencing. This suggestion stems from the desire of the UP constituents to dialogue with the nominees on concerns of the various UP sectors as well as for the sectors to hear the nominees elaborate on their vision/program. A participant pointed out that the 2008 UP Charter on the powers of the BOR states that a “process of democratic consultation with the university community based on standards and guidelines set by the Board” is a requirement prior to the election of the UP President. (2008 UP Charter, Section, Section 13, Powers and  Duties of the Board of Regents, (j) )
  2. Regarding the criteria, a participant suggested that academic excellence should not be measured only in terms of international publications but the nominee’s record of service to the nation should be an important criterion in the selection process.
  3. Steps in maintaining the institutional autonomy of the University should be spelled out by the nominees.

Other issues raised in the two fora for future nominees to consider include transparency in the report on university earnings from tuition fee increase and how these have been utilized; the large class policy, review of the Revitalized General Education Program and democratic governance in the university.

UP Manila Chancellor Ramon Arcadio supported the UPM forum and prepared a welcome address read by UPM Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Josefina Tayag as the Chancellor had to attend a meeting in Congress. I am attaching the speech of Chancellor Arcadio.

The UP Diliman forum is scheduled on August 11 and arrangements are being made to held similar fora in UP Baguio, UP Mindanao and UP Visayas in the coming weeks.

II. UP Sectoral Regents’ Conference on September 2 and 3, 2010

The Offices of the Faculty, Staff and Student Regent will sponsor a UP System-Wide, Multi-Sectoral Conference with the theme “The Current State of the University of the Philippines and the Challenges to the New UP President under the Aquino Administration.” This will be held on September 2 and 3, 2010 in UP Diliman.  The conference is the first ever jointly sponsored by the Sectoral Regents of the University.

Rationale:

Last June 30, a new Philippine President, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, was inaugurated and will head the government after nine years of the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The term of UP President Emerlinda R. Roman ends on February 11, 2011 and the search for a new UP President has started with the call for nominations issued by the Board of Regents.

These two events have major implications for the University of the Philippines, a university still considered the premier state university of the country, although it now calls itself the “national university”.   Where is the University of the Philippines now after almost six years of the Roman presidency under the Arroyo administration? What will be the direction of the country in the coming six years of the new Aquino administration and what will be UP’s role in those six years? These are some of the crucial questions that the conference will tackle.

In particular the conference would focus on the following provisions of the 2008 UP Charter:

The 2008 UP Charter declares that “The State shall promote, foster, nurture and protect the right of all citizens to quality education. Toward this end, it is the policy of the State to strengthen the University of the Philippines as the national university.”

(e) Protect and promote the professional and economic rights and welfare of its academic and non-academic personnel;

(h) Provide democratic governance in the University based on collegiality, representation, accountability, transparency and active participation of its constituents, and promote the holding of for a for students, faculty, research, extension and professional staff (REPS), staff, and alumni to discuss non-academic issues affecting the University.

SEC. 8. Social Responsibility. – The national university is committed to serve the Filipino nation and humanity. While it carries out the obligation to pursue universal principles, it must relate its activities to the needs of the Filipino people and their aspirations for social progress and transformation.

SEC. 9. Democratic Access. – The national university shall take affirmative steps which may take the form of an alternative and equitable admissions process to enhance the access of disadvantaged students, such as indigenous peoples, poor and deserving students, including but not limited to valedictorians and salutatorians of public high schools, and students from depressed areas, to its programs and services.

No student shall be denied admission to the national university by reason solely of age, gender, nationality, religious belief, economic status, ethnicity, physical disability, or political opinion or affiliation.

Objectives:

  1. Lay down the situation of the four major sectors of the University, the students, the faculty, REPS and administrative staff based on the reports of the sectors themselves.
  2. Discuss and critique the current direction of the university as it relates to performing its “social responsibility of service to the people and to humanity” and to propose programs and policies consistent with this social responsibility.
  3. Come up with resolutions to be presented as challenges to the various nominees for the UP Presidency as well as resolutions to strengthen solidarity among the sectors of the university.

The Sectoral Regents would be asking for support from the University for this undertaking.

III. Concerns raised regarding the 2010 Faculty Regent Selection Process

Attached  is my “Comments and Suggestions on the document The 2010 Faculty Regent Selection Process”

I also submitted my clarification of the minutes of the June 2 BOR meeting related to the large class policy of UPLB.

I welcome your comments and suggestions.

Maraming salamat.

Judy

ATTACHMENTS: Click on the links to view and/or download the files:

1. FR Report July 29 2010

2. FR Comments on FR Selection Process Proposal

3. FR Large Class – Matters Arising from the Minutes June 2 BOR

4. UPM Chancy Arcadio Pambungad na Pananalita

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