May 19, 2020
The School of Arts and Sciences’ Communication and Psychology programs conducted their first-ever advisory councils virtually on May 13 and 14, respectively. The Program Advisory Council (PAC) discussion reviewed curriculum content, pedagogies and learning outcomes to proactively respond to ”the new normal” brought by the global phenomenon.
“New paradigms about human life have emerged, and the way people do business will radically change along with these new perspectives. Thus, the virtual PAC is crucial in order for both programs to determine what must be the focal point of their instructions and formation of the students to make learning process more relevant and responsive to the signs of the times,” added by Dr. Janette R. Rodriguez, SAS Dean.
The Communication Program steered the PAC through its members who are industry partners, CHED technical panel, alumni, faculty, and students to a meaningful engagement. Discussions covered the changing paradigm and directions of the program in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Particularly, matters discussed were partnerships, capacity building for faculty, content and design of lessons, laboratory experience, skills to develop among students, valuing, co-curricular activities for students, and the internship program.
Consequently, the industry partners, alumni, faculty and students of the Psychology Program imparted the importance of telepsychology/tele-counseling as crucial provision to promote mental health in the midst of a pandemic where social mobility is restricted. In view of this, they recommended the inclusion of knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA) pertinent to change in delivery mode in mental health care in the preparation of the learning plans. Overall, the participants provided invaluable inputs about the major course requirements, flexible learning options that are student-centered and the need to prepare the students in the use of online platforms.
The resounding success of the SAS virtual PAC can be attributed to the hard work of the management team and the faculty of both programs.