University Student Council 2014 -2015
Position Paper on the Proposed Academic Calendar Shift
The University Student Council used two methods to consult the student body: a survey and a series of org consultations. These two methods were used for the council to have a qualitative and quantitative basis in gauging the pulse of the students on this issue. In the survey questionnaire (See Appendix for the survey sheet), the council asked three questions. The first is wh
ether or not the student agrees to the shift answerable by “Yes” or “No”. The student is asked to proceed to the second question should he/she chooses to say “Yes” in the first question. The
next question asks the students their proposed implementation year. This is answerable by either
“AY 2014 –
2015” or “Not Now”. The last question asks the students for comments regarding
the issue. The target number of respondents was 10% of the total UP student population. This was further clustered into the different departments, batches, and courses in the different colleges. The survey was conducted from March 14
20, 2014. A total of 2,728 respondents answered the survey. In the org consultation, heads of student organizations were given consultation sheets. Aside from org issues, they were also asked if they will be adversely affected by the calendar shift. Around 200 organizations participated in the said org consultations. In this part, we shall present the results of our consultation efforts (See Appendix for full results tabulation). We shall present
each college’s consultation results. Here, we shall pinpoint
college-specific issues that we learned from the survey and the consultation on organizations.
Asian Institute of Tourism (AIT)
In the Asian Institute of Tourism, out of 52 respondents, 30 agree to the shift while 22 are against it. 10 out of the 30 respondents who said yes would like to postpone the implementation. One major issue raised by most of the respondents from AIT is the issue on internships. They fear that the proposed calendar shift would adversely affect the scheduling of their On-the-Job Trainings (OJT). The organizations also manifested that some events and activities will be
negatively affected by the shift. There’s also a sentiment on ho
w the academic calendar shift may be bad for the tourism industry of the country.