CLAS Dean concerned over failed student survival rate, calls for admin support

By: Railon Deniega
December 13, 2018

Photo by Enrique Agcaoili

In his third report as the 81st Rector and President, Rev. Fr. Clarence Victor Marquez, O.P., released an organizational view of the key accomplishments, as well as the areas for improvement to achieve the goals of the strategic plan for the Colegio last September 17, 2018.

Through Relacion 3.0, developments for academic and administrative performances in terms of their programs, processes, and people were disclosed and tackled.

According to the results, only the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) performed a “satisfaction rating” among six academic departments, after failing to reach the 60% over-all target rate for student survival with a record of 57.91%.

Reasons Behind

CLAS Dean Asst. Prof. Darwin Rungduin discussed in an interview the reasons behind and expressed his concern over the failed frequency of students in the department.

“Some students will not want to finish their degree,” Rungduin told The LANCE.

“It’s either several reasons, one is they failed the standards of the institution. Therefore, because they failed to meet the standards of the program where they belong, they need to be removed from the program. Pero there could be also other reason than that [aside from] meeting the standards of the Colegio,” he further explained.

The CLAS Dean clarified that the survival rate pertains to the number of students who entered the Colegio beginning from their freshman year and are expected to finish their programs given the number of years they need to complete.

Rungduin also asserted primary reasons why the students leave the Colegio like personal problems such as family concern, financial problem, and health issues.

“We have many cases when they have problems in their family, especially when their problems are significantly affecting their studies, then they wouldn’t pursue their education anymore,” he said.

"Some would withdraw because of their health reason. So hindi na nila itutuloy 'yong kanilang paga-aral or made-delay sila ,” Rungduin added.

Moreover, he also mentioned that program shifting and school transfer were other facets in which he said: “Others would shift into another program or will shift or transfer to another school. So, kapag ganoon, bababa ang survival.”

Providing Solutions

When asked about the solutions in order to increase the survival rate of the department, he said: “We try to give academic counseling sa student. Iyon ang pinakamadali at pinakamalapit na solution na ginagawa namin. As much as possible, chairpersons have records of the track of students. Iyong mino-monitor kung ilan na ba ang nagiging bagsak, pagkatapos ay may remedy na ginagawa na midterm pa lang ay inaalam na kung ano ang nangyayari sa performance ng students,” he said.

Rungduin also identified that some students are committing absence without intent to desert as a basis for lack of communication between the student and faculty members.

He then emphasized, “Hindi natin makausap ng personal. As much as possible anyone who is leaving, whether the reason ay academic or personal, as much as possible we talk to them and offer as many help as we can in order for them to finish their education.”

Lastly, Rungduin said most of the cases faced by the department were beyond their control.

Given the reasons resulting to inadequate number of students finishing their degree, he claimed that in order to see changes, it is important to provide adequate support to the students which comes from the faculty members and school administration.