Tinopak lang ako today, so here's another experiment.
Just thinking out loud here. Obviously, we can't claim to be the perfect university in this country, but we can certainly argue that we are the leading university in most respects. Having been part of the university's grand legacy of honor and excellence, I'm sure we all have a thing or two to say about how to improve the university.
So, this thread is for us to voice out our concerns, ideas, and feedback about how our beloved alma mater can be improved. Of course, there is no assurance that these will be heeded, but I suspect that there are people who read this forum (both members and lurkers) who actually are in a position to influence decisions.
A caveat: Note that some of the suggestions here may be done out of ignorance, so should there be contrary opinions, please be considerate enough to explain the facts, instead of just merely pointing out that the suggestion is wrong.
Dear UP Admin,
It probably isn't news that some departments in units in UP Diliman offer subjects that may be considered the "specialization" of other units. For example, one unit may offer Math subjects to its students under its department, when this would probably be the purview of the Institute of Mathematics. My suggestion is o house the faculty/subjects in just one unit to assure that there is a clear steer and direction for how these subjects are taught.
- Redundancy - To my uninformed mind, there seems to be redundancy (e.g. human, and possibly economic resources) in having multiple departments in different units offering the same subjects.
- Specialization - Having pockets of knowledge across multiple units doesn't help to "standardize" the kind of education that is offered. I think it compromises our ability to develop "centers of excellence."
Some disclaimers on this suggestion:
- Yes, I know that academic freedom is paramount in UP. But, this may be bordering on ridiculous if there isn't some semblance of structure to it.
- I don't know if these pockets of knowledge actually (regularly) network with each other/the "expert" unit. I suspect they may not, but in case they do, then the concern is more about the steer/direction of the subject matter. The "expert" unit should have at least an oversight over how the subject is taught, in my view.
That's all I can think of, for now. I'll post again should I have more (hopefully bright) ideas.