Seeing it as a reboot of the country’s tertiary program, Baliuag University (BU) is looking to stay one step ahead of other educational institutions in Region III by revamping its school calendar for 2018 and going on a trimestral program.
BU President Dr. Patricia B. Lagunda said they are already in transition, with the program expected to take effect starting this summer.
“This is the best time to introduce new innovations,” Lagunda said while adding that the university is also introducing new programs in most of its colleges.
She added: “We are in the process of redesigning all curricula, integrating the new general education curriculum with the new program standards and guidelines from which all syllabi will be revised and enhanced.
She described the trimestral program as a needed adjustment because of the government’s implementation of the K+12 program.
“K+12 added two years in high school. By going trimestral, we are helping parents to have their children finish their degrees faster without sacrificing the quality of their education. At the same time, we are also providing them with savings in their educational expenses,” Lagunda said.
The shift to a trimestral program is expected to result in longer class hours in school but lighter loads per term for the students and a modified schedule of vacation.
For Institutional Planning and Development Director Dr. Ramiro Plopino, the introduction of the trimestral program is a “win-win” situation for the students.
“I think it is a good strategy as it would attract more enrollees. We can revel at the fact that we are again the first one in Baliuag to come up with this innovation for our students,” Plopino said.
He said BU has held consultations and made the necessary adjustments in its enrolment procedures, curriculum, and has completed classroom allocations.
College of Environmental Design and Engineering Dean Leonardo Surio said that the trimester mode will lessen student load per semester.
“Engineering students can adapt because there will be smaller number of units to enroll in every semester. Seven subjects is a heavy load. Some cannot cope and fail. But with the trimester, it allows for more flexible schedules at a faster pace,” Surio said.
Business Administration and Accountancy Dean Wilhelina Neis also agrees, explaining that one-and-a-half hours for every meeting is considered short and that extended hours for every subject is much better.
Officer-in-Charge at the College of Information Technology Education Clarissa Vicente cited the opportunities for their graduates as they graduate from their courses at a faster pace.