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College of Arts and Sciences

 

The School of Arts and Sciences was one of the first schools created on 11 February 1992 by then Don Severino Agricultural College (DSAC). It was headed by Dr. Lorna L. Penales who also managed three departments under its wing, namely: the Department of Languages and Humanities, the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Physical Sciences, each of which was chaired by Ms. Nelia Espejo, Dr. Josefina Rint and Prof. Trinidad Ocampo, respectively.

During the time of its conception, the School had no curricular program of its own; yet, it catered to the basic education courses of the various undegraduate programs of the university by offering major courses in Mathematics, Chemistry, Crop Protection, Biology and Science as well as basic courses in Math, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences and Biological Sciences.

Considering its program offerings, the School started to offer Bachelor of Science in Biology (BS Bio) during the first semester of SY 1994-1995. The following year, two new programs were offered: Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (BSAM) and Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (BS Chem). A year after, Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication (BAMC) was approved and offered to students.

Back in 1998, by virtue of the Republic Act No.8468, Don Severino Agricultural College, a premier college not only in the region but in whole country as well, was converted into a state university to be known as CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY. It follows then, that the four schools under it, including the School of Arts and Sciences, were elevated into colleges, hence became the COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES.

The first dean of the college was Dr. Lutgarda P. Ilagan who was directly under the supervision of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. She focused mainly on the College's commitment to the students. Through the concerted efforts of the faculty members and staff of the college along with the support of the Administration, the College was able to revise and update the existing curricula of the BS Applied Mathematics program, as well as pass the Accreditation Preliminary Survey of the AACCUP for the BS Bio, BSAM and the BS Chem in 2000.

By 2001, Dr. Divinia C. Chavez took over the deanship of the College. She was primarily with concerned with on the College's goal of providing relevant and quality instruction, responsive research and extension services in the arts and sciences toward the development of globally competitive and morally upright individuals and prepare students for careers in different fields. A year after she assumed position, two new programs were offered: the BS Nursing and the BS Psychology. Level 2 accreditation status for both BSAM and BS Chem curricula was also attained. Quite a number of equipment and instruction devices were procured including two sets of Soxhlet heating mantle apparatus, uv-vis spectrophotometer to name a few. Chemical rooms, display cabinets, laboratory tables and rooms were likewise acquired. In 2004, Bachelor of Arts in English and the only graduate program of the College, Master of Science in Biology, were offered.

In 2007, Dr. Cecilia B. Banaag became the dean of the College. During her deanship, AB Political Science was offered.

By the year 2008, Dr. Evelyn O. Singson was appointed as the college’s dean. In 2011, the college started to offer BS Social Work under the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities. To continuously provide the students with quality education, the University approved the revision of the BAMC curriculum and it was renamed Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012.

Since January 2014, Dr. Lynn G. Penales has been appointed as the college’s dean.  Through her leadership, the College of Arts and Sciences, has continuously offered general education courses to accommodate students from various fields of discipline. Likewise, numerous scholarship programs have been provided to high achieving students in the College. 

At present, the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) recognizes various levels of the academic programs of the College. The AB Journalism (formerly BA Mass Communication) Program is awarded the Level II Re-accredited status which is good for five years commencing on December 2011 until December 2015. Likewise, BS Applied Mathematics with specialization in Statistics and  BS Biology  qualified for the AACCUP Level III (Phase II). In addition, the BS Psychology program is awarded, after its first formal survey visit, a Level 2 (re-accredited status). Back in 2013, the AB English, AB Political Science, and MS Biology programs passed the preliminary survey visit. These programs passed the assessment that entitles them candidate status valid for two years.

With the finest headship of its present dean, the college has also supported its faculty members through assistance in local, national and international seminar-workshops, trainings and research projects. Faculty members have conducted researches along various concerns that are relevant to their fields of specialization. These researches support the classroom instruction and extension activities of the College.

 Likewise, the extension projects of the college have been continuously supported. Efforts have been intensified with the participation of more stakeholders along Community Adoption Services: Kabarangay at Kaeskwela (CAS:KK). In its bid to stay true to its mission, it has remained grounded on the University’s tenets:  truth, excellence and service.CAS:KK is the umbrella extension program of the College. Started in year 2011, the program is now  on its fifth year of implementation. Along this line, the College identified “Summer Eskwela 2013 sa Daine Uno” as its summer extension project. The College also endorsed “CAS:KK for IHGPV” along with three other partners: Kiwanis Club Treasures of Indang, iHOME-Indang, and Daine Western Cavite Institute. It is a three-year extension program for the family-residents of Indang Habitat Village. Recently, the whole CAS family conducted CAS Fun Run as one of its activities which aimed to raise funds to be used in the extension projects.

 

The College has continuously urged its faculty to enhance their professional growth by pursuing graduate studies in their respective fields of discipline. As of 2016, seven percent of the faculty members earned degrees in Doctor of Philosophy, 13 percent obtained units in Ph.D., eight percent had their master’s degrees, 38 percent had already earned units in their respective master’s programs, and 34 percent finished their bachelor’s degrees.

 

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