The Office of the Academic Affairs (OAA) is one of the divisions under the Office of the Rector and President. The primary function of the office is to take care of the academic functions of the University. Under the supervision of the OAA are the College Deans, Academic Support and Accreditation Officer, Academic Instruction Coordinator, Academic Research Coordinator and Academic Extension Coordinator.
The Office of the Academic Affairs has the following goals:
- Provide directions to the AQ community in the pursuit of academic excellence through various programs and projects ;
- Design relevant programs for faculty development which results to total development; and
- Assist the governing body of the university in standards and policy formulations which are research-based.
Programs and Projects
Faculty Development Program
The program provides opportunities for faculty members to pursue graduate studies in the University or in other institutions. Benefits may include: tuition and misc. fee discounts up to 100%, monthly salary and other benefits while on study, book allowance, board and lodging. Priority is given to full-time faculty members who belong to academic programs that require a number of MA/MS or PhD holders. However, thesis and dissertation grants may be given to probationary faculty members with exemplary teaching performance provided that the results of the research shall strongly contribute to AQ data bank for standards and policy formulation.
- 18-unit Pedagogy
The 18-unit pedagogy, intended to assist new and seasoned faculty members in developing their teaching competencies, has two schemes. One is a crash course earning unit-credit in Education (up to 18 units) and the other is a re-fresher course for faculty members who need updating. The program is open to all faculty members.
"Pagtais" is an annual project of the university that provides in house trainings to faculty members on the felt needs of the community. Among the topics included in the previous "Pagtais" were: values integration, test construction, classroom management, syllabi making, teaching strategies and instructional materials preparation. It is usually done before the opening of classes in June.
- Faculty Exchange Program
Part of the institutional faculty development program is the relevant exposure of faculty members to develop, strengthen and diversify its academic linkages with partner institutions in the country and abroad. The concept of faculty exchange has motivated the academic affairs office to formulate the said program. Although the program is still in its incipient stage, efforts are exerted to establish partnership with other educational institutions.
Institutional Practicum Program
The Institutional Practicum Program aims to supplement formation of students, particularly during the final stage of their stay in the university where they are preparing to meet the demands of the world of work.
- Skills Assessment
Skills assessment is done regularly to identify possible intervention measures that can be adopted by the college before the students are allowed to undergo OJT.
Institutional Intervention Program
The intervention program of the university comes in various schemes. First is the offering of Math 100 and English 100 for students who did not meet the cut off scores in the Aquinas University College Admission Test (AUCAT) Math and Languages subtests respectively. Second is the conduct of remedial classes by the professors in Math and English for those who did not get passing marks in the term exams. Third is the conduct of remedial classes by professors for students who lag behind in the professional subjects.
- Alternative Learning Experiences
The office also encourages the use of alternative learning experiences to provide greater exposure for students to acquire necessary skills and competencies through other means, other than the usual activities done in the classroom.
Curriculum Development Program
To ensure that the course offerings of the university are relevant to the needs of the students and industry, curriculum review is done regularly. Guided by standards and policies crafted by consultative bodies and CHED, directions are provided to program chairs in the preparation of the subject offering per program.
- Ladderization Program
The university has opened its door in offering ladderized programs. As such curriculum review in identified programs was fast tracked.
Instructional Materials Development Program (IMDP)
Faculty members are encouraged to prepare instructional materials like modules, textbooks and manuals as part of their involvement in the university's resolute move to integrate instruction, research, extension and production. The IMDP provides a framework to guide faculty members who intend to develop instructional materials.
The office also provides direction in all accreditation activities of the university. To date the following programs are enjoying level 2 accreditation from FAAP through PAASCU: Business Education, Teacher Education and Liberal Arts. The SHS is also accredited by PAASCU. The following programs have undergone formal visit by PAASCU: Nursing, Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Computer Engineering and Electronics and Communications Engineering. These programs are in an applicant status.
Institutional Research Program
The institutional research program is a strategic mechanism of the academic affairs that focuses on the design, implementation and process research systems and procedures in the university towards the creation and development of research consciousness among the constituency and the establishment of research culture in the university. Academic research emphasizes the creation of new knowledge through a rationalized integration of instructions, research and extension programs and activities in the university. It covers convergence program, institutional research, faculty research, student research and extension research.
- Research Grant
Research grant is available for institutional researches. Interested faculty researches must comply with the set requirements to avail of the grant.
- Paper Presentations
The project is designed to make research a conduit link to institution and extension, thus promoting the sharing of knowledge, resources and expertise to stakeholders.
The project was launched to provide research data and findings necessary for educational programming to improve instruction.
Community Extension Program
The community extension program provides educational services which is mutually owned and beneficial engagement of the students (and their teacher) and the extension community where they partner in trying to understand better life and life conditions through the prism of their collective competencies and values, and in trying to improve such conditions collaboratively using such competencies and values, and in the end emerging as better individuals, better citizens and better community.
Student Exchange Program
The OAA in coordination with the Office of External Affairs and Student Development Services designed the AQ Student Exchange Program that provides opportunities for students to experience studying in other institutions here and abroad. The program covers a) sending AQ students to partner universities in the Philippines or in other countries and the admission of these partner universities to study at Aquinas University for periods ranging from one week to one year, and b) receiving foreign students from partner institutions within the country or in other countries.
Improvement of Instruction
The office provides assistance to all academic units by assuming the following tasks:
- Coordinate with all college deans regarding the general education course offerings;
- Administer the proper implementation of the grading system;
- Set guidelines for classroom observations in coordination with college deans and department chairpersons;
- Coordinate with HRMO in the implementation of the performance evaluation policies.
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