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Philippine Collegian

Philippine Collegian

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Weekly Newspaper of Univeristy of the Philippines(Diliman). Issue no. 1
Weekly Newspaper of Univeristy of the Philippines(Diliman). Issue no. 1

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ew graduate programs inthe UP system will imposetuition rates higher thanthe average while two existinggraduate programs in UP Diliman(UPD) will increase tuition ater the Board o Regents (BOR) ap-proved all proposals or tuition in-crease during its May 29 meeting.Incoming students under grad-uate programs oered by the Na-tional College o Public Adminis-tration and Governance (NCPAG)will be charged with P2,000 per unit, a 300 percent increase romthe ormer rate o P500.Meanwhile, Tuition or theMaster o Management program o the Technology Management Cen-ter (TMC) doubled rom the oldrate o P1,000 per unit. Studentsenrolling under the new Doctor inSocial Development (DSD) pro-gram o the College o Social Workand Community Developmentwill also have to pay tuition romP1,000 to P2,000 per unit, de-pending on their monthly income.In UP Visayas Cebu College(UPVCC), the BOR approved theproposed tuition o P1,850 per unit or the new program Master o Business Administration (MBA),which will replace its currentMaster o Management programcharging P600 per unit. UPVCCalso pegged the tuition or thenew program Master o Sciencein Computer Science (MS CS) atP1,200 per unit.The average tuition rate or graduate programs in UPD or theirst semester is P985 per unit,based on the schedule o ees romthe Oice o the University Reg-istrar. In UPVCC, tuition in other graduate programs range romP500 to P2,000 per unit.The BOR approved the in-creases because upgrading edu-cational and research acilities isenough justiication or the tuitionhike, said UP President Emerlin-da Roman.The increases also underwentconsultation with the students,Roman added.Despite its earlier decisionon February 27 to deer ee in-
BOR approves tuitionincrease for grad students
creases due to the inancial cri-sis, the BOR airmed last March26 hikes in laboratory ees in thecolleges o Mass Communicationand Engineering. The board alsoauthorized 170 to 400 percent tu-ition increases, eective this se-mester, in graduate programs inthe School o Statistics, College o Home Economics, School o Man-agement in Mindanao and UPDextension programs in Pampangaand Olongapo.
The graduate programs in theuniversity are “important in pro-viding students with adequateproessional training but thebloated tuition narrows [their] ac-cessibility [to students],” said Al-vin Peters, chair o the NationalUnion o Students o the Philip-pines. The need or better acili-ties could never justiy tuitionincrease because the governmentshould subsidize public educa-tion, he added.Peters said the decision o theBOR to approve proposals or tu-ition increases despite its promisein its February meeting to deer increases is not surprising, be-cause it clearly upholds the UPPlan o 2008, which maintainsthat the university must be at par with private schools in terms o collection o ees, Peters said.Dr. Nilan Yu, director o theDSD program, said they consid-ered the current rates o similar programs in other units in or-mulating the new tuition scheme,adding that the tuition per unit or other graduate programs in UP isP2,500.The tuition is still subsidizedas the amount students will payor the program still cannot cover the salary o its teaching and utili-ties expenses, said Yu.According to the proposalo UPVCC or the tuition rate o the MS CS program, charging tu-ition less than P1,200 is “tanta-mount to killing the program,” asthe program is projected to incur negative net earnings even withthis rate. On the other hand, tu-ition rate or MBA was proposedto maintain a “sensible compara-tive reerence with other institu-tions oering MBA programs,” theproposal said.USC Vice Chair JacquelineEroles said the P1,000 averageper unit tuition rate or gradu-ate programs in a state universitysuch as UP is already comparableto that o private schools.The approved tuition or MBAis higher than the tuition rate inother private universities in Cebusuch as University o San Carloswith P888 per unit and Universityo San Jose Recoletos with P763per unit, according to the minuteso the May 29 BOR meeting.The proposals rom NCPAGand TMC state that the unds romthe tuition increase will be usedto improve educational acilitiesand equipment, “avert the exoduso aculty members,” and increasescholarship unds.
In NCPAG, only 18 percento the 50 graduate students whoparticipated in a March 17 surveyapproved o an increase betweenP1,500 to P2,000 per unit, whilemore than 60 percent said an in-crease rom P500 to P1,500 is ap-propriate. NCPAG has a total o 213 graduate studentsTMC Executive Director Edi-son Cruz said its 67 studentsagreed to the increase. There wereno students yet to consult under the programs MS CS, MBA andDSD.Peters said the process o consultation o the UP adminis-tration through surveys “does notgive another option or the stu-dents other than to allow tuitionincrease, [orming] an idea thatstudents must pay to enjoy goodacilities.”The 300-percent tuition andother ees increase (TFI) irstimplemented in 2007 should havecovered the expenses or the im-provement o acilities, Erolessaid. She said the new increasesare not needed because the same justiications were cited not onlyor the TFI but also or recenthikes in laboratory ees.

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