As the educational landscape changes,
the curriculum contents and the learning
environment are not the only ones affected. Management and leadership styles in the organization are susceptible and are
always target for modification. The Laguna State Polytechnic University on its way of maturing as a higher education
institution must also have some
Integration of HEIs
The metamorphosis of the Laguna State Polytechnic University had started in the late 90s when the able leadership of the first university President, Dr. Ricardo A. Wagan, had started integrating all the CHED-supervised higher education institutions in the province of Laguna to a state college.
In 2000 through RA 7722 or the Higher Education Act of 1994, RA 8292 (Higher Modernization Act of 1997) and RA 8745, the four HEIs were integrated to Laguna State Polytechnic College (LSPC) to promote quality education, rationalization of tertiary education, and maximization of the use of resources. LSPC had established four campuses in Los Banos (Fisheries); San Pablo City (Technology and Teacher Education), Sta Cruz (Engineering and Technology) and Siniloan (Agriculture).
Vision of the First
In 2007, the vision of President Wagan to elevate the status of the state college in providing education led him to seek for the endorsement of the four honorable congressmen in the four Districts of Laguna. Thus, the steadfastness of Congressmen Uliran Joaquin, Danton Bueser, Joaquin Chipeco, and Benjamin Agarao created the Bill converting LSPC into a state university. In March 2007, Hon. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo approved the RA 9402 that established the Laguna State Polytechnic University.
As LSPU created its niche in the academic history, LSPU had to accept transformation not only in the management system but as well as in its major components in terms of material and human resources -- physical plant and facilities, library holdings, management system, and qualifications of workforce resources.
In May 2012, Dr. Nestor M. De Vera was designated as the 2nd university president emphasizing on the improvement of the quality management system following the ISO standards, enhancement of curricular offerings, faculty development and training, research capacity, transfer of technology, and practical resource generation.
During the term of President De Vera, LSPU had achieved 3rd level in SUC leveling, ISO certified for its quality management system (ISO 9001:S2008 and ISO 9001:2015, respectively) and most number of accredited status and government recognitions for curricular programs, institutional accreditation, the center of development for teacher education, the regional center for migration in gender-related components and many more.
Challenge of the Future
The new management of Dr. Mario R. Briones, the third university president who was elected on May 21, 2017, will confront the status of LSPU as a developing university in its majestic glory – standing highly. The next great men or women to lead this university are challenged to sustain in nurturing the roots of development as they are now steadily burrowing themselves to be stable.
The holding of the three-day seminar-workshop on the Review, Revision, and Monitoring of Organization Structure, Policies and Guidelines: Improving the quality assurance of LSPU in a gender sensitive workplace aimed to understand the importance of changes that would take place in the organization.
The theme: Empowering LSPU’s Effectiveness through organizational design, leadership development, and role clarification would ensure that everyone involved in the organization clearly understands the importance of their roles in achieving the university’s vision. This workshop sets realistic goals and objectives to achieve the demands for change anchored from the mission and vision of the university. In so doing, there will be an increasing degree of individual and organizational effectiveness in providing quality higher education.
The workshop established measures on the following issues (Ref: Summary of Findings and Recommendations of AACCUP IA Visit to LSPU, April 22-26, 2019)
· Restructured University organization and identified line of authority, power, and functions of the members;
· Effective system of teaching, learning, and evaluation
· Staffing Pattern, Benefits, Recognition and Functions of Faculty and Staff;
· Effectiveness and Efficiency of a University Research Development Unit;
· Sustainable Extension, Consultancy and Linkages;
· Functional Support to Students Unit
· Comprehensive Library Operations
· Standardized Infrastructure and Other Learning Resources; and
· Articulation of a University IQA Center.
The three-day workshop attended by identified top management officials of the university was an academic learning avenue to share insights in bringing change to every area under review. A healthy exchange of ideas, impressions, and emotions regarding academic matters was observed. The personality of any incumbent official was not the focus in the review.
Outputs shall be presented before the academic council, administrative Council, E-finance Board, and BOR for approval before implementation.***