And that's why if you may have heard, the university is actively engaging valedictorians and salutatorians from public schools to enroll in their engineering and science programs. This is on top of the Star Scholar program which has been existing the last 10 years.
While we see or hear students being accepted via the back-door, it also is true with ateneo and UP. They have programs to be able to do this.
My daughter recently got accepted in the top 3 schools via their dreaded programs. Economics in UP diliman, Mangement Eng in Ateneo and ECE in La Salle. Yet she decided to remain "green and white". Although she jusy applied a change in course from ECE to Eco-Accountancy. 8 of her batchmates in high school who were honor grads have decided to remain green as well.
Every university has a problem. We may have one. And yes, the alumni is watching. I just recently spoke to Dr. Tereso Tullao who used to be Chair of the Dept of Economics (now called the DLSU School of Economics). Quite frankly, he berrates the "impression" with regard the declining quality but is also quick to cite efforts to "strengthen" the program. The establishment of the DLSU School of Econ is surely a step towards that. Notable alumni from both the private and government are scheduled to join the faculty. As a a side note, did you know that the current NEDA director general Dr. Cayetano Paderanga and former NEDA director gen Dr. Felipe Medalla were products of the La Salle economics program? Did you know too that there are 5 eco alumni teaching at the prestigious UP School of Econ? These guys are slated to teach initially on a part-time basis but eventually is part of a sustainable program to re-define the school's influece and participation in nation-building via its papers and researches for public policy crafting.
Additinally, the Gokongwei School of Engineering is set to start as well this school year with the biggest donation ever to any school in the philippines at P 250M. This is going to finance the Gokongwei engineering scholars aside from the needed infra projects and labs for the college.
The Ramon del Rosario School of Business and Economics is also designed to preserve the school's decades-long contribution to the country's aspiritions in joining the world's emerging economies. Under this wing is the DLSU School of Economics. It will now offer Finance (as in heavy quantitative finance) distinct from the usual business courses. This is going to produce immediate CFAs instead of the usual CPAs the school is known for.
Lastly, we need to believe that the School of Law would soon be a major contributor to all of this. Let's wait until 2015 when the first bar results involving our own grads have already come out.
For the meantime, we in the alumni are watching. And we would be very active in puruing this.