OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR PLANNING, EXTENSION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Vision

A premiere local university to higher learning in Region IV committed to produce a relevant, focused, directed and sustainable researches and community extension programs and result oriented development plans.

Mission

The Office of the Vice President for Planning, Extension, Research and Development shall provide assistance to produce relevant, updated and competitive research agenda and institutionalize planning, research and extension as major function of the University.

Dr. Niño J. Viñas
Vice-President for Planning, Extension, Research and Development

Message

Knowledge society is a knowledge economy characterizes that Pamantasan ng Cabuyao is not just a generator of knowledge, an educator of young minds and a transmitter of culture but also as a major agent of economic growth. It is both research and extension served a mechanism through which the nation builds its human capital to enable it to actively participate in the global economy. The UNESCO World Declaration on Higher Education for the Twenty First Century acknowledges that “knowledge creation, transmission and application are the lifeblood of the knowledge-based economy” and higher education institutions like PnC is tasked “to generate, transmit, disseminate and apply knowledge.” The University is a major component of the research and extension innovation system. Moreover, from the perspective of education, vigorous and high quality research and extension underpins and nourishes degree-level learning environments, especially for faculty, collegiate and graduate programs; it provides the inquisitive, critical and independent regimen that develops, intellectual capability and advances the boundaries of knowledge and understanding.

The ultimate purpose of research is for the improvement of humanity. Every country all over the world became prosperous because they gave heavy emphasis on research. Industrialization is a product of research. Research is one of the tools in solving problems from simple to complex. From global warming, to energy problems, and economics, research is inevitable.

Research is used when there is an absence of information resulting in a gap of knowledge, explanation of an existing fact, and there are contradictory results.

The Pamantasan ng Cabuyao being one of the institutions of higher learning in the CALABARZON area, must answer to the needs of the time and must comply its fourfold functions: instructions, research, extension and production. And in addition to fulfill the university vision-mission in equipping its graduates with knowledge, skills and values in order to compete globally and contribute to the development of the local community as well as future leaders in the country.

The OVPPERD is mandated to provide direct and support the faculty members and students of the University in performing the research, extension and production functions. With the objective of enabling University to produce high quality research that will advance learning and national development, as well as global competitiveness of the University and with the strong support of the local government of Cabuyao and with the industry partnership in the conduct of researches and application of research outputs. The research agenda rest on the vision of the University to produce global and competitive researches for community development.

PnC is the best performing local university in Region IV-A which has an enrollment of more 4,000 and economically disadvantage students from Cabuyao and nearby places, the PnC believes that “education is an instrument for development of the citizenry. PnC sees itself not only as a teaching institution of excellence, but also as a catalyst for human and societal transformation made possible through research and community development.

CORE VALUES

The focus of the Office are as follows: Poverty Alleviation, Sustainable Economic Self-sufficiency and Community Development through:

  1. Quality of life - Improve quality of life among Cabuyeños through excellent extension and community outreach services.
  2. Relevance and Responsiveness to the Community Needs - Provide policy directions in extension activities in accordance with the priority needs of the local government of Cabuyao.
  3. Equal Opportunity - Equal opportunity of technical assistance to the greatest number of people in depressed, deprived and underserved community in the City of Cabuyao.
  4. Efficiency and Effectiveness - Efficient and effective management of human and physical resources towards upgrading the welfare of the Cabuyeños.
  5. Teamwork - Collaboration, complementation and institutional integrity of the trainers and the community.
  6. Research Impact - Touch lives of people in the City of Cabuyao through utilization of The University researches.

OBJECTIVES

PnC Extension and Community Outreach Service endeavors to:

  1. Reduce poverty and generate employment opportunities.
  2. Serve the community through sustainable extension programs.
  3. Attain excellence in community services by:

    • Improving the lives in the community;
    • Supporting the city, through linkages with NGO’s, LGU’s, alumni, church, industries and other sectors the City of Cabuyao.
    • Cultivating values and culture toward attaining improved quality of life of the Cabuyeños.
    • Play a major role in making of important and relevant community programs.
    • Conducting sustainable outreach programs in The City of Cabuyao.

PnC EXTENSION PHILOSOPHY

The guiding philosophy of PnC Extension Program is herein stated as follows:

  • The ultimate goal of the effectiveness of the PnC Extension program is its impact on the lives of the people and the community.
  • PnC views family as the basic unit for total human development.
  • Extension that is anchored on strong researches of the university.
  • Extension programs that relate and supplement the extension programs in the city government of Cabuyao.

EXTENSION STRATEGIES

  • Enhancing the University extension programs through integrated and focused programs and projects aligned to the needs assessment conducted by the university.
  • Pursuing key programs of concerns of the community.
  • Contributing to the local and national development.
  • Establishing functional community extension programs.
  • Collaborating with research, instruction in the pursuit of community development.
  • Encourage faculty, non-teaching staff, and students to be involve in the extension programs of the university.
  • Support LGU’s, and other local agencies undertakings in the city government of Cabuyao
  • Pursuing a development strategies appropriate commercial to the immediate needs of the community.

PnC PRINCIPLES OF EXTENSION

  1. Extension works with the local community
  2. Extension is accountable to the local community
  3. Extension links with research and instruction of the university
  4. Extension cooperates with other local and national organizations
  5. Extension works with different groups for community development.
  6. Effective communication process takes place within extension systems
  7. Extension works for individual empowerment
  8. Extension recognizes a strong private partnership
  9. Extension must promote technologies for quality community extension programs
  10. Extension considers inclusive growth as an approach to development
  11. Extension aims to assist and promote livelihood sustainability
  12. Extension adopts total community approach for economic, its opportunity
  13. Extension aims for total human development

PnC COMMUNITY EXTENSION ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

PnC Extension. Programs are implemented institutionally within the university. Adopting an approach in the effectiveness of community extension basically it follows a structure. In the PnC Extension Office, the organization is as follows:

PnC Board of Regents. The highest policy making body of PnC is the Board of Regents (BOR). All policies, rules and regulations pertaining to community extension, in the University formulated by the College Extension and Research Council (CERC) shall be recommended by the President to the Board of Regents for approval.

Vice President for Planning, Extension, Research and Development. The Vice President for Planning, Extension Research and Development shall be the head of the University’s Extension Office. He/she exercises general powers of administration, supervision and control of the entire Extension Programs of the University.

College Extension and Research Council (CERC). The Council is a university-wide body tasked to formulate and review policies, rules request, reports and regulations necessary for the operation and improvement of the extension programs in the University and endorse any necessary actions to the VPPERD.

The CERC shall meet regularly every week to discuss matters concerning policies and the programs in the extension operations, without prejudice to special meetings when the need arises.

A. Vice President for Planning, Extension, Research and Development (VPPERD)

  • Shall exercise general powers of administration, supervision and control of the entire planning, research and extension system and programs of the University;
  • Shall administer and direct all extension and training programs of the University;
  • Shall develop linkages with other agencies to avail of their expertise, facilities and funds in achieving the objectives of the extension programs of the University;
  • Shall coordinate and/or collaborate extension activities of the University with other agencies in the province, region or in the country to have relevant outcomes;
  • Shall source out funds and grants from governmental, non-governmental and international funding institutions;
  • Shall advise the distribution of available funds to colleges/faculty members based on the approved proposals;
  • Shall appoint committees, when need arises, to discuss specific problems concerning extension services;
  • Shall accept proposals from faculty members through their respective deans for the incoming year;
  • Shall prepare an overall estimate of the budgetary requirements for submission to proper authorities;
  • Shall keep records of extension activities of individual faculty members, departments and colleges;
  • Shall consolidate and prepare annual and periodic extension reports which should include progress reports of on-going activities and relevant findings as a feedback mechanism for future research activities and as basis for policy formulation;
  • Shall prepare the human resource development (HRD) plan in support to the capability building of the University Extension System;
  • Shall coordinate, implement, monitor and evaluate human resource development program (HRDP).

B. COLLEGE EXTENSION COUNCIL

  • The members of the CEC shall be recommended by the Vice President for Planning, Extension Research and Development for the University President’s approval.
  • All extension or training proposals of the faculty seeking funding from the University shall be evaluated by ERC. The ERC shall conduct an evaluation for progress of the extension programs of the university and terminal reports of extension programs/projects with University funding shall be reported in a monthly basis.
  • No extension programs shall be made by any college or faculty without the recommendation of the ERC and endorsed by the VPPERD to the University President for approval.
  • All extension reports, issues and concerns shall be discussed by the ERC en banc.
  • Shall lead in the development and production of curriculum materials/programs for non-degree/non-formal education for training activities of the University.
  • Shall assist and facilitate the activities of the coordinators of extension and training in every college.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR PLANNING, EXTENSION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

The Vice President for Planning, Extension. Research and Development (VPPRED) shall discharge the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Exercises general supervision and coordination of all programs, projects and activities of the various units under his or her office;
  2. Recommends and implement policies and guidelines governing the OVPPRED programs of the University;
  3. Spearheads the planning of programs for OVPPRED activities which are geared towards the growth and development of the University, in particular, and of the city government of Cabuyao, in general;
  4. Supervises the overall implementation of the OVPPRED program of the University;
  5. Coordinates, monitors and appraises the performance of the various OVPPRED programs and activities in the University;
  6. Plans, promotes and carries out working relations and linkages with appropriate government agencies and non-government organizations;
  7. Develops external and internal research and community programs in collaboration with other universities, government agencies, local government units, and other institutions;
  8. Touches base with funding agencies for the purpose of securing support to fund researches of, and for the University;
  9. Explores sources of donations, grants and other resource generating projects;
  10. Conducts and prepare feasibility studies on all possible areas of undertaking to generate income for the University; and
  11. Facilitates that all research output shall be implemented by the faculty-researcher as his/her extension program.

The Vice-President for Planning, Extension, Research and Development is supported by the Head of the Research and Extension, Head for Planning and Corporate Communication, Head for Resource Generation, Head for Placement and Alumni and The College Extension and Research Council.

The College Extension and Research Council (CERC)

The College Extension and Research Council (CERC) is constituted to serve as a policy-recommending body for the University research and extension plans and programs, and the clearinghouse of ideas, specifically in the priority-setting, implementation and evaluation of the Research & Extension programs of the University.

The CERC is headed by the Vice-President for Planning, Extension, Research and Development a doctorate holder and have in depth expertise on research and development and can influence and translate the university into a culture of research, along with him/her are the following Heads; Research and Extension; Corporate Communication; Resource Generation Office; Placement and Alumni Affairs; and one department chair of all the colleges as members in the CERC. It shall meet weekly to discuss all matters about Research and Extension and may hold special meetings when necessary.

The College Extension and Research Council is an ad hoc committee that undertakes review of research proposals submitted for possible university funding.

Proposals submitted to the CERC will be categorized according to the research program areas in which they belong.

Proposals that the satisfactorily met the CERC standards will be endorsed by the VPPERD to the University President for research funding.

The second task of the CERC is to review the terminal research reports of the completed projects. The CERC shall give their assessments of the reports within two weeks after its submission by the proponent/s. The CERC approval is one of the three requirements before the proponent/s can be paid their research incentives.

The Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is tasked to ensure that the University-supported researchers produce a shortened and publishable version of their research reports. These will be published in any of the University Journals. The Editorial Board is composed of all the members of the CERC.

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH POLICY

Policy Statement

It is a university policy to initiate, motivate and activate support competent and interested faculty members to conduct research (preferably with masters and doctoral degrees). Research shall be a basic function of every faculty, as such; researches conducted shall answer to the needs and thrusts of the university which will cater local and national development plans.

Research Policies

In response to the university’s vision, mission, and objectives and to the CHED’s research agenda, the following research policies are hereby endorsed:

  1. Research climate must be felt within the university among the faculty, students and administrators;
  2. The college deans will prepare their own college research agenda. He/she will recommend to the Vice President for Planning, Extension, Research and Development. Likewise, the VPPERD must sign any request and recommend any faculty/student to the University President to attend research trainings, seminars and paper presentation and other related purposes in research and extension. All request related to research and extension must be sign by the VPPERD. Without written recommendation of the VPPERD all activities of the faculty and students should not be recognized and honored by the University;
  3. An affordable budget must be available for action or institutional researches;
  4. Faculty members will submit research proposals for evaluation of the VPPERD;
  5. The VPPERD shall monitor closely the conduct of research; submit to the University President quarterly reports including financial status;
  6. Completed researches must be presented during university research forum with a panel of three (3) or more experts who will scrutinize the contents of the research paper;
  7. Cash incentives, points for faculty evaluation or other forms of remuneration must be given to faculty researchers after publication to the university research journal;
  8. Collaborative and team researchers are fully encouraged. Points for evaluation must be divided equally among the members of the researchers;
  9. Faculty members may seek external funding in coordination with the OVPPERD;
  10. Research must be a part of grading system; hence, it must be integrated in the course syllabi. Integration of research in every subject will enrich and enhance the research culture in the university; and,
  11. Student organizations will assist faculty members in the conduct of forum, seminars, and contests.

In totality the research policies are:

  1. Research must be done by faculty members with strong administrative support;
  2. Students must be encouraged to conduct their researches. Their research experience is a competitive advantage over other universities’ graduates;
  3. Quality of both faculty and student researches must be evident. This can be carried out through availability of consultants who will guide the researchers. Research for, or colloquia must be regularly conducted in the university. Paper presentations outside the university are also encouraged upon the recommendation of the VPPERD; and,
  4. Proportion in rank for faculty members and higher grades for students will maximize research participants.

Research Policy Statement

It is the policy of the University to initiate, motivate, and actively support university research in those field and areas of concern identified in its Research Agenda.

The University commits itself, as its research allow, to give full assistance to its researchers.

Research Principles

The conduct of scholarly inquiry and the transmission of knowledge are central and complementary functions of the University. These can only be carried out effectively and efficiently if researcher enjoy certain freedoms and accept corresponding responsibilities. Thus, to meet these goals,

The Pamantasan ng Cabuyao upholds the following research principles:

  1. Individual researchers shall be free to select the subject matter of their research, to seek support for their work from any legitimate source, and to form their findings and conclusions. These findings and conclusion should be made available for scrutiny and criticism as required in the Project Management Monitoring Sheet.
  2. The Pamantasan ng Cabuyao shall nurture an environment conducive to research. Its limited resources, however, cannot support all research demands; hence, the allocation of space, facilities, funds, and other resources for such shall be based on their scholarly and educational merits and not on their political expediency or moral impropriety of the utilization of their results.
  3. Research techniques shall always observe established professional ethics pertaining to the health, safety, privacy, and other personal rights of human being and avoiding the infliction of injury or pain on animals and other life forms.
  4. Researchers and faculty members of the Pamantasan ng Cabuyao shall maintain a high level of intellectual honesty and academic integrity by explicitly acknowledging their sources of information, both published and unpublished, and by appropriately citing original works of other scholars/authors, and not attributing them as his or her own.

‘University Research’ Defined

Scientific Research is a systematic way of gathering data, a harnessing of curiosity. This research provides scientific information and theories for the explanation of the nature and the properties of the world. It makes practical applications possible. Scientific Research is funded by public authorities, by charitable organizations and by private groups, including many companies. Scientific Research can be subdivided into different classifications according to their academic and application disciplines. Scientific research is a widely used criterion for judging the standing of an academic institution, such as business schools, but some argue that such is an inaccurate assessment of the institution, because the quality of research does not tell about the quality of teaching (these do not necessarily correlate totally).

PnC researches are those that fall within the University’s Research Agenda and conducted by faculty members, as part of their functions in addition to instruction; by non-teaching personnel who have research projects that are approved by Pamantasan ng Cabuyao; and by students whose researches are adjudged best in their respective colleges. Other than meeting the basic requirements of scientific research as defined above, PnC researches should also meet the following criteria:

  1. The researches bridge the gaps in the programmed body of knowledge that PnC is building up.
  2. These researches are not done for the direct purpose of producing a textbook, handbook, manual, module or any other similar teaching-learning material.

PnC researches may be initiated by:

  • an individual faculty member,
  • an individual non-teaching personnel,
  • a group of faculty members belonging to one department/college/branch,
  • a group of non-teaching personnel belonging to the same office,
  • a group of faculty members and/or non-teaching personnel from different departments/colleges,
  • a student or a group of students belonging to one department/college

Only researches that fit the definition of university research can expect material and/or financial support from the PnC, provided that PnC Research Evaluation Committee has approved their proposals. However, the OVPPERD may provide other support services, e.g., research capability-building seminars, research trainings, etc., to any individual/group within the University intending to conduct researches.

General Principles on Higher Education Research

Higher education research shall be guided by the following general principles:

  1. Research is the ultimate expression of an individual’s innovative and creative powers. The higher education sector shall ensure that the academic environment nurtures and supports Filipino research talents.
  2. Research thrives in an environment characterized by free flow of information, honest and analytical exchange of ideas, and supportive policy and administrative structures. Higher education policies shall Enhanced the institution’s and the individual’s capacity to conduct independent, collaborative and productive research.
  3. Research is one of the main functions of the higher education sector. Universities in particular, are expected to lead in the conduct of discipline-based, policy-oriented, technology directed and innovative/creative researches that are locally responsive and globally competitive.

Pamantasan ng Cabuyao Research Agenda (PnC-RA) shall support the higher education sector’s goals to develop high level and globally competitive workforce, generate/transfer knowledge and technology for enhancing productivity and quality of life in order to reduce poverty and ensure sustainable development to the country.

The following objectives shall be pursued under PnC-RA:

  1. Improve research capability of PnC faculty particularly the different colleges whose main business is to generate knowledge towards local and international competitiveness;
  2. Enhance research productivity of higher education in distinctive areas of competence;
  3. Generate knowledge/technologies needed for:
    1. International, national and regional higher education development,
    2. Policy/plan formulation, particularly for higher education
    3. Developing innovative programs in cutting edge higher education fields (e.g. none technology, biotechnology, information and communications technology, and materials science), and
    4. Advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the disciplines;
  4. Promote and facilitate dissemination and utilization of research outputs.

PRIORITY RESEARCH AREAS / THEMES

The PnC Research Agenda (PnC-RA) integrates the concerns of higher education sector with the overall development goals and objectives of the University the National Innovation System and the higher education international community.

In formulating the PnC-RA, the OVPPERD was guided by the following principles:

  1. Multidisciplinary. Researches that involve the expertise of researchers in several disciplines are preferred over researches needing the expertise in a single discipline. The principle shall, however, not apply to the category of breakthrough researches such as revolutionary scientific or mathematical discoveries.
  2. Policy orientation. Policy-oriented researches are preferred over researches that have little or no policy implication across the various higher education disciplines.
  3. Participation and networking. The research should involve the participation of as many stakeholders as possible and should be organized preferably as network, instead of being alone, undertaking of the HEIs or individual researcher.
  4. Balanced attention to basic and applied research. Both basic or pure research and applied research shall be given due importance.

Research priorities

Guided by the above principles there are several categories of research undertakings that require and shall be given consideration:

  1. Basic research to generate new knowledge and advance the frontiers in the various disciplines;
  2. Research in aid of policy/plan formulation and implementation particularly in education;
  3. Research aimed at producing/adapting education technologies and developing education programs in cutting edge fields such as business, engineering, health, arts and sciences, and ICT, education, etc.;
  4. Research and Extension an aid of national/regional development.

Research Clusters Priority Discipline

Consistent with the Medium Term Plan for the Development of Higher Education and the National Higher Education Research Agenda towards a Knowledge-Based Economy, research shall be encouraged in the following clusters of disciplines:

  • Science and Mathematics
  • Education and Teacher Training
  • Health
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental Science
  • Humanities and Human Behavior
  • Social Sciences
  • Business, Management and Accountancy

Other disciplines as identified by the Pamantasan ng Cabuyao

The Technical Working Group on Research and the various Technical Panels of CHED shall periodically review the state of the art in their respective disciplines, identify knowledge gaps and recommend priority areas for research in the disciplines. The recommended priority research areas shall be circulated periodically through CHED Memorandum Orders. The PnC must always check any research updates released therein.

Priority Research Areas of Pamantasan ng Cabuyao

  1. Program/curricular studies on higher education – including assessment of present programs/curricula for purposes of determining how thesis could be improved/reengineered as well as international benchmarking of best practices towards the development of new programs/curricula in leading edge disciplines.
  2. Oriented studies – research on the various dimensions of policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation focusing on but not limited to the following:
    1. financing of higher education, cost sharing in higher education
    2. economics of higher education,
    3. governance and management of higher education,
    4. accreditation and other quality assistance mechanisms,
    5. rationalization of higher education
    6. access and equity measures
    7. student financing models
  3. Research on quality and standards in the context of:
    1. international rankings and global benchmarking
    2. quality assurance systems
    3. equivalency
    4. redefining classifications of HEIs
  4. Technology and education
  5. Model building studies
  6. Institutional development studies
  7. Manpower demand and supply studies
  8. Graduate Tracer Studies
  9. Other research topics considered by PnC in response to emerging needs of the City of Cabuyao and the Province of Laguna in general.

Priority themes for multidisciplinary/multisectoral research

In light of the realities that the City Government of Cabuyao and the Province of Laguna are now experiencing and will face in the future, research on the following themes shall be encouraged.

  1. Food safety and security. Considering the country’s proneness to natural hazards and disasters and with its booming population, it is important for the people to be assured of affordable and safe food on their table.
  2. Enhancing indigenous renewable energy source in the domestic energy mix. Increasing the percentage of indigenous renewable energy source into the national energy mix will not only result in dollar saving, and protection of the environment but more importantly, ensuring energy security. The research, development and exploitation of renewable energy sources will involve a multi-disciplinary approach.
  3. Development of vaccines and diagnostic kits using indigenous materials. Emerging and reemerging diseases have always threatened the global and regional scenes. The country has to be prepared for these by having the appropriate medication, vaccines and diagnostic kits that are readily available and affordable.
  4. Disaster risk management. The shift from preparedness to prevention and mitigation mode in our disaster risk management framework would entail a lot of research work not only in policy formulation, community development, and public awareness but also in hard science (e.g. forecasting, structural engineering aspects).
  5. Pollution control. Environmental issues that affect the land, air and water should be studied. A developing country like the Philippines must ensure that progress is not compromised by environmental degradation.
  6. Climate change specifically on the issue of global warming. The four pillars of the University Action Plan deals with a) mitigation, b) adaptation, c) technology transfer, and d) financial resources are rich sources of multi-disciplinary research work. Considering that climate change issues deal with future scenarios, a holistic approach in necessary.

EVALUATIVE CRITERIA to be considered by the Pamantasan ng Cabuyao

  1. Priorities and Relevance

    The OVPPERD should be managed by a Vice President and staff who is educationally qualified (Ph.D., / Ed. D.) and competent. The program should be relevant to the priorities and needs of the University.

  2. Funding, Institutional Support and other Resources

    Specified budget for research should be allotted.

  3. Quality of Research Output

    To ensure that researches are of good quality, it should follow all guidelines and format of the University.

  4. Publication, Dissemination and Utilization

    Before research results are disseminated, they should be reviewed by the panel. Measures are taken to ensure integrity in research.

  5. Impact of Research in Community Development

    Evidence of improved community considerations should be fully documented.

  6. OVPPERD Research Arm of Local Government Unit

    A memorandum of agreement between the City of Cabuyao and the Local University should be required and signed in recognition of PNC as the research arm of the City of Cabuyao.

  7. PnC as Research and Development Provider of Industry

    Evaluative materials to measure contribution of the research to industry must be provided.

The Nature/Character of Research Undertakings

In the context of the current blurring of boundaries among disciplines, most research undertakings take the character of being interdisciplinary and collaborative. Such a character for the strategic goals of making research accessible, applicable and commercial viable, as the pursuit of this goals requires disciplinal convergence and collaboration. Research undertakings shall be generative of new research projects as well.

Research Directions

To set and maintain the standards of research undertakings and to facilitate internal and external funding approval, research proposals shall be realistic, and topical, and have the potential to influence other researches in the future.

The University Research Priorities

Five research priority areas were identified as foci of PnC research endeavors. Researches to be done in the University for the said period should be along the following themes:

  1. Energy, Transportation and Environment. The increasing demand for energy from both the household and industry sectors and its declining supply from traditional sources of energy have led to energy price hikes that consequently exact heavy toll on industry output and the quality of life of the people. There is a need to conduct studies that can discover new energy sources as well as optimum utilization of already identified alternative sources of energy like natural gas.

    Related to energy is the issue of transportation. The pace of transporting people somehow affects the rate of a nation’s development. Urbanization has led to the worsening of traffic condition in cities and municipalities thereby, impeding industry productivity and efficiency. Being in the midst of a busy metropolis, PnC should engage in researches and related activities that will help easy heavy congestion in the streets by finding better and more efficient means of transportation.

    Linked to energy and transportation is environment. The burning issues of climate change and greenhouse effect make it imperative for us to look for solutions to energy and transportation problems that will not cause additional and greater damage to the environment.

  2. Poverty and Population. This twin-issue of poverty and a fast-rising population continues to plague the country. Multi-disciplinary researches should be conducted to simultaneously address these strongly linked social problems. To address the issues of poverty and population would also entail research undertakings that may generate jobs for Filipinos.
  3. Information and Communication Technology. PnC researches should focus on ICT innovations and on how these technologies can be best applied in PnC and in the community that it serves for greater productive efficiency in the work place and enjoyment of work, rest and recreation.
  4. Food and Health. There is an increasing number of health-conscious people in the country and abroad. PnC can significantly distribute to food development and fortification that will enhance the health of the common tao.
  5. Total University. The vision of a Total University should be favorably shared by the members of the community. To achieve this end, measures that will clarify its concepts must be adopted. Stakeholders’ feedback in the form of insights and suggestions will put more flesh into this vision. Researches and related activities should be conducted in order to deepen their understanding and commitment is significantly contributing to the realization of the vision the University.

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FUNDING AND INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORTS

The University, through the OVPPERD, concretizes its fundamental commitment to research by providing the necessary institutional supports in the forms of funding and rewards for researchers. These benefits and incentives for researchers are designed to attract the faculty and non-teaching research personnel to seriously engage in research and, in the process, make them realize that research is central to their careers as academic heads. It is only through this, that the University can host a faculty and non-teaching staff endowed with a “culture of research”. Culture is a taken-for-granted fact of social life, but in this case, research is second nature for faculty members and staff of the University whose involvement in it is part of their being in the academic institution.

Allocation and Sourcing of Research Funds

The Pamantasan ng Cabuyao shall annually allocate funds for the conduct of institutional and specialized researches, research trainings, seminars, research organization membership, research output publication, acquisition of books and project-related equipment, subscription to periodicals, professional journals and other similar publications. Since internal budget allocations are often tight, the University must use its institutional networks to identify and link up with national and international funding institutions.

These are three types of university researches, based on their fund sources and terms of support given.

  1. University-funded Research.

    University-funded researches are those research projects that have been incorporated in the budget proposal for the year. To be eligible for direct University funding, research proposal have to be submitted to on the first week of November of the year prior to the preparation of the budget proposal and should have passed the screening. The actual funding for the approved project proposals will be provided on the following fiscal year. Monitoring of University-funded researches rests on the OVPPERD. Fund management is subject to existing University accounting and auditing rules.

  2. Externally funded, University-supported Research.

    Proposals submitted to the OVPPERD that have passed peer or internal review, will be endorsed by the VPPERD to outside agencies for possible funding. In addition, OVPPERD shall post announcements and even proposals, in the internet to attract would-be sponsors.

    The OVPPERD will endorse eligible proposals to the proper agencies in accordance with their requirements and research priorities. Project monitoring rests on the OVPPERD, although the proponents are not barred from reporting directly to their funding agency. Fund management of externally funded researches will be decided by both the research proponent/s and the funding agency to be stipulated in the Memorandum of Agreement/Research Contract between the parties concerned.

Commissioned/Directed Research.

The University, or outside agencies through the OVPPERD, may commission/direct a faculty member, an administrative staff member, or a group of faculty members/ administrative staff to conduct research on a particular problem. Commissioned/ directed faculty member/s and/or administrative staff should prepare the necessary proposal and submit the same to the CERC, for evaluation and recommendation to the commissioning institution. Project monitoring rests on the OVPPERD, although the proponents are not barred from reporting directly to the commissioning party. Fund management for University-commissioned researches is subject to University accounting and auditing rules.

The PnC Research Agenda Framework

The discussion induced by the process framework generated a wealth of data that point to innovation as the anchor on which research initiatives by the University will be deduced. PnC requires all colleges to be the innovation hub of higher education research. The figure below illustrates the PnC Research Agenda framework with innovation as anchor identifying eight (8) research themes.

PnC-RA Framework

PNC-RA Framework

shows the eight themes with the corresponding description of the PnC Research Agenda

RESEARCH THEMESDESCRIPTION
Policy StudiesResearch on applying social scientific findings to the solution of educational issues and problems

Includes research on the various dimensions of policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation focusing on financing higher education, economics of education, governance and management , policies in training, systems standards in higher education institutions, systems structure, and procedures in the delivery of quality education

Multidisciplinary/Pure ResearchResearch focused on one problem or issue involving several disciplines in higher education across all programs in the university : Education, Health, Business, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, ICT, Culture and Arts and among others

Includes curricular studies, assessment of programs, board passers, delivery of teaching-learning process, and pedagogical content knowledge

Local ResponsivenessResearch on different areas of higher education responding to the needs and problems of the local community and industry
Translational ResearchResearch on translating educational theories into practice

Includes field studies, constructing pedagogical/instructional models, field study, curriculum models, higher education models, instructional delivery models, student financing models, change, development and transformation research, impact study and university-community-industry partnership

InternationalizationResearch on international rankings and global benchmarking

Includes quality assurance systems, qualification standards, Professional Examination Performance, products that will attract international audience, cultural diversities, and international linkages

Product DevelopmentResearch on quality product (material and human resources) solutions to national and global educational issues and demands

Includes instructional materials and instrument development, educational resources development, competence and capacities of teachers and learners, and technological knowledge products

SustainabilityResearch on the value of environmental sustainability, continuing growth and forward thinking

Includes the physical environment, information and communications technology, equipment/infrastructure requirements, management system, and organizational culture

New and Emerging Areas in Higher educationResearch on emerging trends, values and norms in educational systems

Cognition and brain-based research, possible existence of East-Asian pedagogies, and new ecologies of learning

The PnC Research Agenda offers a strategic spectrum of innovation-oriented research areas that scholars, practitioners, and graduate and undergraduate students in the field of higher education will focus on their research work to project the future of higher education in the country and the following objectives will be pursued:

  1. Improve the product of higher education (pre-service and in-service).
  2. Advance higher education in the City of Cabuyao for national and international competitiveness.
  3. Generate new knowledge in higher education to meet the current and future demands of the knowledge economy for national development and international acceptance.
  4. Increase PNC’s research productivity to transition the university as a research-oriented higher education university.

The implementation of the PnC-RA will hopefully contribute to defining, broadening, and deepening the anatomy of higher education as a scientific field of inquiry.

RESEARCH THEMEKEY RESEARCH AREAS
Product Development
  • Learning Resource Package Development
  • Instrument Development
  • Technological/Livelihood Education Products
  • Teacher Competence and Capacities
  • ICT Utilization and Integration in Teacher Education
Sustainability
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Equipment/Infrastructure
  • Knowledge Management System
  • Organizational Culture
  • Financial and Auditing Operations
New and Emerging Areas in Higher education
  • Cognitive and Brain-Based Research
  • East- Asian Pedagogies
  • New Ecologies of Learning
  • Emerging Values and Norms in Educational Systems

The PnC Research Agenda defines an array of relevant areas in the field of higher education research. The research areas may not be exhaustive since generation of knowledge is limitless. From the generated themes, research topics are also suggested to guide or provide direction the faculty, staff, and both the graduate and the undergraduate students in the conduct of higher education research.

Sample Research Topics

RESEARCH THEMERESEARCH TOPICS
Policy Studies
  • Hiring, promotion and retention of faculty (Performance appraisal system)
  • Administrators profile
  • Performance appraisal system
  • Admission process
  • Non-teaching staff profile
  • Supply and demand for teachers, engineers, nurses, IT, business, psychologists, and others
  • Maximizing investments in teacher preparation in the Philippines
  • Supply and requirements for future teachers in the Philippines
  • Analysis of the family income profile of students, cost-structure of the university and other economic indicators as basis of the development of a socialized tuition fee system
  • Policy formation on the standardized and intellectualized use of Filipino in a university
  • Creation of new school policies and intervention programs against smoking by determining the TEI stakeholders’ knowledge, attitudes and practices on smoking and its related policies
  • Teaching and learning beliefs and experiences in relation to large class large class: basis for policy making
  • Development of an aptitude test for BS graduates for teaching English in the high school level
  • Development of exit examination for future teachers; an internal quality assurance system in higher education programs
  • Financial and organizational costs
  • Appropriate and fair teaching assignments (faculty loading)
  • Rewards and incentives systems
  • Mentoring and support
  • Professionalization of service
  • Amendments to RA 4670 (Magna Carta for Teachers)
  • DepEd and CHED policies affecting Higher education
  • Institutionalizing continuing education
  • Systems review of policies in higher education institutions
  • Policies in teacher training
  • System structures and procedures in the delivery of basic education
  • Developing higher education Framework for K to 12
  • National policies and curriculum for lifelong learning
  • Developing a ranking system for higher education programs
  • Improvement in admission policies
  • Wash back effect of LET results on higher education curriculum
  • Licensure examination competencies