Monday, September 17, 2012
By Airon Buenvenida
Central Philippine University achieved a 1.97% growth in its 12,733 enrollees from last year’s 12,487 led by theCollegeofBusinessof Accountancy (CBA) with an increase of 204 (8.68%) enrollees.
CBA Dean Dr. Teresita C. Crucero said that it was a “blessing” because while other colleges were having trouble with the decrease in enrollment, their college was becoming bigger.
Eating the biggest chunk in our University’s population with 2,553 students, Dr. Crucero took the figure as a challenge.
“Since we only have 21 full-time teachers, we have to hire many part-time faculty members. We select those with master’s degree and with industry experience,” said Dr. Crucero. “The only problem is that most of the part-timers have their classes at night which students and even parents don’t like.”
Dr. Crucero added that aside from the problem with the teaching force, their college has no building of its own. “Our room assignments are in various buildings. Some are far from each other.”
Moreover, Dr. Crucero elaborated that “the more students, the more the records, the more it is to attend to especially during enrollment.”
“We have an open admission policy, but we have retention requirements, thus more probationary students,” said Dr. Crucero. “Operating with a set of retention policies for each program, we can maintain quality learning.”
Dr. Crucero expected next year’s enrollment to increase because of the various programs that they offer to cater the needs of commerce and industry and even of the government and non-government institutions. The need for their graduates is never-ending “as long as business exists.”
The College of Business and Accountancy is currently Level III accredited by ACSCU-AAI and stands as a Center for Development, as conferred by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED,) for their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) program which has many foreign linkages.
Aside from CBA, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the College of Engineering (CoE) also have a significant increase in enrollment with 292 (27.5%) and 178 (14.97%) additional students to last year’s figures, respectively.
Also, the College of Agriculture Resource Environment Science (CARES) was up by 54 (48.64%) together with the College of Education (CoEd),CollegeofLaw, andCollegeofMedicinewith 42 (8.57%), 38 (31.93%), and 39 (14.94%) more enrollees respectively.
Meanwhile, theCollegeofNursingand Allied Sciences (ConAS) was down by 434 (-25.85%) together with theCollegeofTheologywhich decreased by 15 (-24.19%), Graduate Studies by 182 (-22.71%), College of Computer Studies (CCS) by 46 (-5.12%), and theCollegeofHospitality Managementby 9 (-0.73%).
The Collegiate total was up to 10,437 from last year’s 10,276 with an increase of 1.57%. Meanwhile, the pre-collegiate which includes the High School Dept. (5.82%), Elementary Dept. (-0.12%), and the Kindergarten (9.16%) generally increased by 3.84%.