𝐂𝐀𝐇𝐒 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐁𝐒𝐀 𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐮𝐦 𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧, 𝟐 𝐝𝐢𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐦𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐨𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠
True to its commitment of producing glocally competitive graduates, the College of Agriculture and Home Science (CAHS) of Ifugao State University (IFSU) will subject its Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) curriculum for revision. It also proposes the offering of a Diploma in Agricultural Bio-resources Technology (DABT) and Diploma of Hospitality Services and Food Technology upon the approval of the Board of Regents.
This move was laid out during a stakeholders’ consultation with public and private partners on May 5, 2022 at the Heritage Convention Hall, IFSU.
The curriculum revision of BSA complies with the issued CHED Memorandum Order (CMO) no. 23 series of 2021 requiring the shift of learning competency-based standards to outcome-based education.
Dr. Rene W. Pinkihan, Program Chairperson of BSA, said the new curriculum is skills-based where basic technical courses in agriculture will be taken during the first two (2) years with minimal relevant General Education (GE) courses.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Dinah Corazon M. Licyayo DC M Licyayo shared that the said memo overrides all issuances related to Diploma in Agricultural Technology and Bachelor in Agricultural Technology (DAT-BAT) currently offered by the University.
"DAT-BAT will no longer be offered if the new curriculum gets BOR approval," stressed Dr. Licyayo.
The BSA program shall cover six fields of study, namely: animal science, crop protection, crop science, soil science, agricultural economics, and agricultural extension and communication.
On the other hand, CAHS and the Department of Extension and Training-Training and Competency Assessment Center proposed the offering of new diploma courses, DABT and Diploma in Hospitality Services and Food Technology.
“This is to scale up technical education, further develop the global competitiveness of graduates, and adopt international standards of instruction which are anchored with the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) program of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and CHED,” said Engr. Warren Paul C. Bumidang, one of the program chairpersons.
The proposed diplomas are three-year programs. These are ladderized programs that shall lead to baccalaureate degrees for diploma holders who may opt to continue in higher education.
Offered under the UAQTEA scholarship program of TESDA, each shall offer 12 National Competency (NC) qualifications. Students enrolled in the programs shall first take a Competency Assessment after each semester to determine whether they can meet standards expected in the workplace.
IFSU-CAHS faculty noted the recommendations from stakeholders in the Department of Trade and Industry, Provincial Local Government of Ifugao, Barangay Local Government of Nayon; students and alumni; and private partners from Banaue Hotel and JM Farm and Restaurant.
Stakeholders suggested the inclusion of driving skills development, enhancement of communication skills, inculcation of the right attitude among students, and additional hours of on-the-job training, among others.
“We took note of your suggestions. We thank you for your presence and your significant feedback on the programs that our University is offering and will be offering," said Dr. Licyayo. "We envision IFSU to have quality and excellent graduates; thus, there is a need to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and proper attitude to become performing and competitive graduates worth working in our province and in the international arena."