Commission on Higher Education graduate tracer program seeks to address job mismatch

 Angelo King  Hotel , International Conference Center ,DLSU- College of Saint Benile,  , Arellano Street corner Estrada Street , Malate , Manila – Philippines

De La Salle University , College of Saint Benile, Manila

Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has been closely working with industry stakeholders like Department of Labor and Employment  (DOLE ), TESDA   to address the job mismatch.

Industry representatives are being involved in the development of curricula and standards, on-the-job-training programs, apprenticeships, faculty immersion, assessment-based talent development and other activities.

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   In order to address the growing job mismatch in the country, CHED, in collaboration with the De La Salle University- College of Education, Knowledge Community  will conduct a national Graduate Tracer Study (GTS) to determine the employ-ability of graduates based on their respective disciplines.

Dr.  Maricar  Sison  Prudente , professor at the DLSU College of Education and the assistant project leader of the study. 

Through the study, CHED hopes to assess the issues concerning employ-ability and the relevance of higher education programs vis-a-vis expectations of the employers. It will use the results of the study to monitor the quality of programs offered in the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

This vital information  can provide incentives to institutions; prioritize or de-prioritize courses; determine the basis for allocating scholarships; and investigate whether 21st century skills are properly and adequately taught to college students. The industry is supported by Personnel Management Association of the PhilippinesIndustrial Technology Association of the Philippines, Business Processing Association of the Philippines

Mr. Benjamin Vergel  De Dios – survey consultant, GTS3  Knowledge Community, Inc.

The commissioned study will be conducted via an online survey that will run until October 31, 2012. Some 58,000 tertiary-level graduates (from batch 2006-2010) from 837 HEIs all over the country (including state universities and colleges, locally funded universities and colleges, and private universities and colleges) are being targeted for the study.

L-R Mr. Bejamin De Dios, Dr. Maricar Sison Prudente, Ms. Cecilia Ubarra , Dr. Marvic Hermosisima of Philippine Normal University and Mr. Jovito Anido

Respondents must be graduates of either bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees in the CHED-identified disciplines which are namely: Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; Architecture and Town Planning; Business Administration; Related Education Science and Teacher Training; Engineering and Technology; Fine and Applied Arts; General; Home Economics; Humanities; IT-Related Disciplines; Law and Jurisprudence; Maritime; Mass Communication and Documentation; Mathematics; Medical and Allied; Natural Science; Religion and Theology Service Trades; Social and Behavioral Sciences; and Trade, Craft and Industrial degree programs.

 participants and organizers of the media presentation

The 10- 15 minute survey will have questions on the knowledge and competency traits that respondents are using in their current job; the quality of their undergraduate education; and how their degree has helped them apply their skills and competencies to their current job, among others. Aside from answering the survey , participants can also win exciting prizes !

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