|Graduate School - Open Learning College|
|Wednesday, 24 March 2010 13:46|
The Graduate School started to offer Master of Science (MS) major in Agricultural Education, Animal Husbandry and Agronomy during the First Semester of Academic Year 1985 – 1986.
During the Second Semester of 1988-1989, it had its first enrollees in the MS in Horticulture program, while the Agricultural Production Technology had its first enrollees during the First Semester of 1989-1990. Meanwhile, the MS in Agricultural Extension, MS in Farming Systems and MA in Education programs were first offered in the First Semester of Academic Year 1990-1991.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Crop Science and Animal Science had its first batch of students in the First Semester of 1995-1996 while the Master of Agriculture program had its first batch of students in the Second Semester of the same Academic Year. On the other hand, it was during the Second Semester of 1996-1997 when the PhD in Farming Systems and Diploma in Physical Education had its first enrollees.
In the First Semester of 1997-1998, students registered in the PhD in Education, MS in Plant Protection, Master in Business Administration and Master of Agricultural Science and Technology programs while the first group of PhD in Horticulture students registered in the First Semester of 2000-2001.
Master of Management and PhD in Agriculture programs had its first group of students in the First Semester of 2004-2005 while Distance Education MS in Agricultural Engineering and MS in Biology programs had its first enrollees during the Second Semester.
During Academic Year 2005-2006, Master of Professional Studies and Master of Engineering had its first batch of students in the First Semester while PhD in Information Technology had its first group of enrollees during the Second Semester.
At present, the Graduate School offers 22 graduate programs.
Open Learning College
The Open Learning College (OLC), initially named the Open University System (OUS), was launched in January 1997. Its establishment was made possible primarily through the support of Hon. Jose de Venecia, recognized as the “Father of Distance Education” in the Philippines. The first Dean of the College was Dr. Constancia G. Cueno.
During this time, the College focused on conducting trainings in computer literacy, education, food processing, business management and the arts, among others. In fact, the College was able to conduct 16 trainings on its first year, accommodating 1,013 participants in its various programs. Most of these were farmers, housewives, SUC heads and personnel, students from various school, members of cooperatives within the region and, faculty and staff from the University.
The Module Development Program was also instituted during this period. To produce the materials needed for the DEP, a module writing workshop was conducted. The modules and learning guides were produced for the MA in Education (MAEd), Master of Agriculture (MAgr), MS in Farming Systems, MS in Agronomy and MS in Agricultural Extension programs. Techno-guides were produced to promote the technologies developed by the University, and information materials were likewise made for the College (i.e. brochures; bulletins of information) to assist in promoting its programs. Pamphlets from the National Training and Demonstration Center for Fruit and Vegetable-Based Products and the Technology and Livelihood Resource Center (TLRC) were also made available to the public.
Linkages with various agencies were also established, such as with the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Trade and Industry (D