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SSC holds series of Planning/Budgeting Workshops
By Ailene Francisco and Eliezer Francisco, Planning and Development
Friday February 13, 2009 02:12 PM
SSC President, Sr. Angelica Leviste, OSB discussing the
Directions and Thrust of the school for the next ten
Planning and Development Office, in coordination with the Office of
the Finance Director of St. Scholastica’s College (SSC), had
conducted a series of modularized workshops for the purpose of
orienting and guiding unit heads in the preparation of operating
plans and the budget for the next school year (2009-2010).
During the first module,
which was conducted last December 16, 2008, the unit head members of
the newly organized Budget Clusters, revisited SSC’s mission,
vision, and objectives.
This was done in order to determine or
set the direction of SSC’s development for the next ten years.
The issues identified had been referred
to the President’s Council for decision.
Key result areas of the school
operations were also identified considering areas covered during
accreditation visits by the Philippine Accrediting Association of
Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) and the criteria
categories under the Baldrige performance management system.
The second module that
was conducted last January 20, 2009, involved the following
Presentation of the
mission/vision/objectives of selected academic and
Presentation of the key result areas for confirmation by the
on the nature of quality standards and the use of the Balanced
for performance evaluation.
Discussion on assessment of performance
and consultation on the nature of accounts to
be used for budgeting purposes.
The third module was
conducted only recently last February 4, 2009.
The main components and highlights of
the module program were as follows:
SSC President, Sr. M. Angelica Leviste, OSB discussed the
Directions/Thrusts of SSC for the
next ten years as deliberated by the President’s Council during
their week-end meeting last January 24 to 25, 2009 at the Good
Shepherd Retreat House in
In her talk, Sr. Angelica first
explained the historical trends in the development of St.
Scholastica’s College from the time it was established in 1906 up to
These included both infrastructure
development as well as the changes in the School’s thrust and the
mix of its customers/ students in terms of social class.
For the next ten years (2009 to 2019),
the SSC Administration envisions SSC to maintain its tradition and
enhance fully its image of being
WOMEN’S COLLEGE FOR WOMEN LEADERS”.
SSC will remain the flagship school
of the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of the Manila Priory and will
remain focused on both academic excellence as a social
responsibility and on ten hallmarks of Benedictine values.
Community, Discipline, Hospitality, Humility, Love of Christ and
Neighbor, Obedience, Ora et Labora, Silence and Good
Speech, and Stewardship.
Another vision of the
School Administration, as explained by Sr. Angelica Leviste, is to
in accordance with criteria of the Commission on Higher Education
Other important components of SSC’s
vision for the next ten years are:
operational and effective Integrated School Information System
of institutional offices for important functions such as
Research and Academic Development;
and/or strengthening of linkages with Asian women’s colleges and
adaptation of all programs and activities
of both academic and administrative units in
servicing students and their families from
different social classes.
Dr. Ruben Nayve, Chairman of the
Department of International Business Economics and Diplomacy of
the SSC School of Commerce, speaking about the Philippines'
Economic Performance of 2008
In terms of expansion and
growth, a new building will be constructed. The building will cover
the design of four building structures: The School of Music, a
200-capacity Music Hall, the Institute for Catering Management and
Hospitality Technology (I-CATHY), the Audio
The buildings are expected to be
completed within the next two years and will meet the targeted level
of enrollment and requirements of the School community for the next
Dr. Ruben Nayve,
Chairman of the Department of International Business Economics and
Diplomacy (IBEAD) of the
in SSC’s College Unit spoke about the
Economic Performance of 2008 by sector and Outlook for 2009.
The talk was intended to help the unit
heads identify environmental factors that would affect school
operations for next school year such.
Prof. Tomas B. Lopez, Jr., President of the University
of Makati, discussing his programs and focused
approach in building up the academic programs and
running the university
Another featured speaker
for the workshop was
Prof. Tomas B. Lopez, Jr.,
President of the University of
Prof. Lopez, who was introduced by Dr.
Remedios Ching (Dean of the School of Commerce), talked about his
own experience as a student as well as his programs and focused
approach in building up the academic programs and running the
His message was simple:
Revolutionize education by
re-conceiving it, redefining learning, and reinventing schooling.
Prof. Lopez stated that it was crucial
to identify its customers, determine their needs and how the
University can meet these needs.
which is a chartered university under the City of
caters to the children of the poorest of the poor of the city’s
Its primary mission is to ensure
employment and provide mobile career paths to its students by
providing them with skills to be competitive in the
job market, instilling in them the right values and developing their
personality to fit the demands of business employers.
To ensure that skills taught in the
University will match business requirements, the University
partnered with industry associations, foundations, and companies for
purposes of curriculum and course design, recruiting industry
practitioner to teach industry-relevant subjects, faculty training,
on-the-job training for students that would qualify/credited as real
work experience, compensation for student-trainees, and actual
hiring of students upon graduation.
The University had also partnered with
a Japanese subsidiary company for the teaching of Nihongo to
students to meet linguistic requirements in a globalized
SSC Planning Director, Mr. Eliezer Francisco
facilitating the workshop
Plaques of appreciation
were given to the speakers by Sr. President Angelica Leviste, OSB,
and by Sr. Vicenta Anuran, OSB, Vice President for Administrative
The workshop module ended with the
distribution of guidelines on the preparation of the budget by Sr.
Shirley Roble, OSB, Finance and IT Director.
Mr. Eliezer Francisco also announced that a fourth
module/meeting will be conducted on February 18, 2009 to assist the
unit heads in the preparation of the budget and operating plans.