NATIONAL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM

ACADEMIC PLAN
AY 2008-2009

©2008 by EDWIN C. CANCINO,RMT,PhD. No part of this ACADEMIC PLAN may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form without the prior written permission.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Title Page 1 Table of Contents 2 Introduction 3 The Planning Process 4 Overview of the NSTP Goals and Key Themes 4 Current Academic Quality and Accountability 4 Indicator 1: The NSTP Curriculum 4 Indicator 2: Instructional Plan and Modules 6 Indicator 3: Students’ Character and Completion 6 Indicator 4: Linkages 6 Indicator 5: Resource Generation 6 Indicator 6: Program Accomplishments and Community Satisfaction 7 Indicator 7: Qualification and Performance of Faculty Members 7 Indicator 8: Remediation and Student Services 7 Indicator 9: Research Output 7 Objectives Based on the Current Academic Quality and Accountability 8 KeyArea 1: Instruction 9 KeyArea 2: Student Support 10 KeyArea 3: Linkages 12 KeyArea 4: Community Development Projects 13
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Key Area 5: Resource Generation 14 Key Area 6: Faculty Performance 15 Key Area 7: Research 16 Key Area 8: Quality and Accountability Monitoring 17 Continuous Improvement Process and Accountability 18 Support Requirements and Evaluation 18 Calendar of Tasks and Accountability Checklist 19 References 23

NATIONAL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM UNIVERSITY OF PANGASINAN Dagupan City

ACADEMIC PLAN
Introduction The National Service Training Program is designed to orient and train the students in “programs and activities contributory to the general welfare and betterment of life of the members of the community and in the enhancement of the facilities, especially, those which are devoted to health, education, environment, entrepreneurship, safety, recreation and moral of the citizenry”(RA 9163, Section 3, d). It gives the student an overview of their role in nation building. It promotes civic consciousness among them, develops their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well-being needed to enable them to render fruitful and meaningful service to their community. The quality of NSTP program therefore is evident not only in student’s transformation but also in the community transformation. In the context of student’s transformation, the strategies implemented include: the STET Paradigm: The Human Capacity for Transformation, the
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VIP: Framework for Understanding Human Dignity, the Transformational Leadership, and Retreat for Spiritual Growth. Along community transformation, the strategies implemented include: seminar on community development which is focused on social entrepreneurship, project development, social mobilization, resource generation and monitoring and evaluation.After the seminar, students are embedded in an identified community to conduct needs assessment, analysis and develop relevant and feasible community development projects. The project proposal defense, approval and implementation are conducted in partnership with local government, sponsoring agencies and target area residents. These strategies have been adopted in the University since 2006. In recognition of the exemplary implementation of NSTP and the various community development projects accomplished, the University of Pangasinan was awarded the Golden Flame of Virtue for Outstanding Community Development projects and Outstanding NSTP Coordinator for the year 2007. This achievement puts the University in another educational leadership as well as leadership in community development projects. For the past six years of implementation, the NSTP continuously face a number of challenges. These challenges are rooted along the sustainability and impact of projects conducted, the instructional strategies designed to produce students with excellent knowledge, skills and imbued with right values and attitudes, organizational structure in the light of challenging qualification and commitment of faculty members and the demand for financial support from the University. The long term success of NSTP requires a periodic examination of its programs and organizational structure in the light of challenging and changing needs of the students and the community. This academic plan reflects a reexamination of the student’s needs and the effectiveness of addressing the needs of both students and the community. This academic plan for 2008-2009 represents an update and fine tuning of the directions implemented in the strategic plan of 2006. The Planning Process Building on the foundation of “Transforming People, Transforming Communities,” the NSTP coordinator and facilitator began to prepare for the creation of the NSTP ACADEMIC PLAN for the year 2008-2009. A review of the NSTP program for the past two years was first implemented. The review examined the outputs, impacts and structure of the NSTP and developed a set of recommendations for change and improvement of the NSTP. The review recommendations formed a starting point for the development of the academic plan that would strategically position the NSTP for greater impact and success. This NSTP ACADEMIC PLAN provides an opportunity to review and comment before it is revised and approved for implementation in June 2008. Overview of the NSTP Goals and Key Themes
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1. As stipulated in R.A. 9163, “Civic Welfare Training Service refers to programs of activities contributory to the general welfare and the betterment of life for the members of the community or the enhancement of its facilities, especially those devoted to improving health, education, environment, entrepreneurship, safety, recreation and morals of citizenry.” 2. The vision of the University of Pangasinan, “. . .as LEAD COMPETENT ENABLER OF PEOPLE and COMMUNITIES’ TRANSFORMATION toward achieving PROSPERITY, SECURITY and SOCIAL WELLNESS in dynamically chaging and globalizing societies.” 3. The C.E.S.A.R. is geared towards the realization of its goal, “Contributes to the economic, socio-cultural, health and education development of marginal population groups in the Province of Pangasinan.” 4. The academic accountability plan is the mechanism through which the school indicates the goals it plans to achieve and the performance levels it will be held accountable for attaining. Current Academic Quality and Accountability The basic question: Is the NSTP a success? The following indicators describe the standards and consequences of the NSTP. Indicator 1. The NSTP Curriculum The NSTP curriculum is composed of orientation and discussion of RA 9163, self-awareness and values development, leadership training, community project development training, community needs assessment, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The curricular program comparison between CHEd Chairperson memorandum dated April 25, 2002 and the University of Pangasinan is show as follows:

CHEd Memorandum s2002 (54 hours) FIRST SEMESTER Orientation on the NSTP Self Awareness and Values Development Basic Leadership Training Dimensions of Development/Literacy and Numeracy Skills Training Community

University of Pangasinan NSTP Instructional Plan FIRST SEMESTER (54 hours + 12 hours training) 1. The Guiding Principles of NSTP 2. The NSTP of the University of Pangasinan 3. The STET Paradigm: The Human Capacity for Transformation and the VIP
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1. 2. 3. 4.

5.

Exposure/Agency Visits 6. Community Needs Assessment

SECOND SEMESTER 1. Basic Social Concepts 2. Practicum Implementation Evaluation. Mobilization Workplan, and

Framework for Understanding Human Dignity. 4. Towards Transformational Leadership 5. Development, Organization and Management Theories 6. Social Entrepreneurship 7. ZOPPObjectives-Oriented Project Planning and PCM – Project Management Cycle 8. LFA- Logic Framework Approach for objective-oriented planning of projects. 9. Social Mobilization 10.Resource Generation 11.Monitoring and Evaluation 12.Community Needs Assessment 13.Project Proposal Development SECOND SEMESTER (54 HOURS MIN.)
1. Project

implementation, monitoring and evaluation. 2. Lecture series on mandated topics: Disaster Preparedness, Anti-Drug Abuse Program, Crime Prevention, TB control, HIV/AIDS awareness. 3. Lecture series on mandated topics: Health promotion and first aid, entrepreneurship, environmental issues, health and nutrition and Pangasinan culture. 4. Summative evaluations: (1) student achievement and character, and (2) community project output and impact.

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Indicator 2. Instructional Plan and Modules The NSTP instructional plan prepared by NSTP coordinator and facilitators was implemented last first semester, 2007-2008. The instructional plan is scheduled for review, revision and approval before the start of academic year 2008-2009. As specified in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the RA 9163, training modules must be accreditedby CHED or TESDA. The SIKAP/STRIVE Foundation, a CHED and TESDA accredited provider, provided some modules used in the NSTP as an affiliate member.The modules adopted from SIKAP/STRIVE Foundation are: (1) STET, (2) Transformational Leadership, (3) Development, Organization and Management Theories, (4) Social Entrepreneurship, (5) Project Management, (6) Social Mobilization, (7) Resource Generation, and (8) Monitoring and Evaluation. The following modules used: HIV/AIDS awareness, Crime Prevention, TB control, and Disaster Management were based from government agencies issuances that mandatethe discussion of these topics. Other modules developed were based on the needs of the students and culture of the community which are for revision/refinement and/or approval. Indicator 3. Students’ Character and Completion The STET-VIP Program of the NSTP is an operative paradigm with the goal to renew youth organizations working together as a “resource in service to the nation.” It provides a sustaining mechanism to ensure continuous activities for transformation and enrichment. The increasing students’ accomplishments and commitment to NSTP is a relatively measure of the transformation of their character. Based on the report on final grades, the drop-out range of students is 6-15%. Indicator 4. Linkages Linkages include partnerships within the University as well as alliances with external constituencies. Interdisciplinary partnerships within the institution are stimulated by extension coordinators who encourage connections with NSTP through sharing of expertise. The sharing of expertise and support is seen during community assessment, planning and project implementation. External partnership with target community and is seen through resource sharing and support. These partnerships move the community projects forward, refining and anchoring it within the context of multidisciplinary, interconnected, collaborative community and provide the needed synergy needed to accomplish project goals. These linkages are consists of functional partnerships with all units of the University and collaborative partnerships with 11 LGUs and more than 70 NGOs.
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Indicator 5. Resource Generation The CMO no. 05 s2003 clearly states that “NSTP fees collected shall constitute a Trust Fund, 70% of which shall be EXCLUSIVELY used for the operation of the program. The remaining 30% retained by the school shall serve as contingency funds especially in unprogrammed activities not originally included in the Program of Expenditures prepared by the ROTC Commandant or NSTP Coordinator and approved by the school head. The remaining fund balance shall be carried over to the next semester. . .” As a tradition in this University, the NSTP face immediate budget constraints due to the non-implementation of the CMO. In spite of this, the NSTP, through its controversial resource generation activities was able to provide relative funds to implement community projects, provide materials for operation and even funded faculty trainings, extension projects and purchase of equipment for the general use of the university. In 2007, the NSTP facilitators was able to raise PhP39,636.50 as NSTP Fund used for operation and extension whereas students were able to raise PhP225,322.40 and solicited materials needed to implement their projects. Indicator 6. Program Accomplishment and Community Satisfaction Of the 180 activities proposed, a total of 177 activities were fully or partially implemented. The implemented NSTP projects were along health, economics, education, socio-cultural-environmental, and infrastructure. Commendation letters and evaluation received by the NSTP classes from the target areas are evidences of community satisfactions. Indicator 7. Qualification and Performance of Faculty Members To empower the faculty members, qualifying course for NSTP facilitators and coordinators were attended by 18 of the 19 facilitators conducted by STET-VIP NSTP. The impact of this qualifying course is seen in the increased capacity of the faculty members in implementing NSTP. This is evident in the comparison of accomplishment before and after attending the qualifying course. Specified faculty members were selected to further attend training course and serve as resource expert in the group. Among the special training courses attended were grant proposal writing, writing for publication, safety and disaster preparedness, and enhancing partnership with GO/CSO/NGO. As to the instructional delivery, instrument to evaluate NSTP faculty performance must be developed for approval and implementation. Indicator 8. Remediation and Student Services NSTP students who were not able to attend regular schedule were given make-up or given extended time for community service projects. Make-up was given asadditional tasks in accordance with the desired output of their projects. These make-up activities were often done during weekdays. Facilitators were also tasks to identify underperforming students,
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initiate early intervention and develop strategies to re-route students back to the main academic highway. Indicator 9. Research Output Research is an essential component of project planning and is important in pushing the boundaries of what we know and how we apply development interventions in more effective and innovative ways. Community-based research is one of the fundamental contributions of NSTP to our community. However, other than community analysis, research conducted by NSTP is very minimal. Two research outputs along river assessment and in-house community immersion were the only accomplishments during the last academic year. Thus, there is the need for intensified commitment to research. Objectives Based on the Current Academic Quality and Accountability Academic quality and accountability in seen in compliance with regulations, adherence to professional norms and results driven. The following objectives are based on results, workable and attentive to norms and regulatory compliance requirements. Key Area 1. Instruction 1. Review, revise and recommend approval of instructional standards. 2. Increase the contract hours from 54 hours per semester to 72 hours per semester. 3. Develop and pursue clear and concrete student’s assessment tool based on NSTP objectives. Key Area 2. Student Support 1. Re-activate NSTP students’ organization and select advisory committee. 2. Standardize alternative equivalency of make-up community services and interventions. 3. Achieve continuous improvement of student performance. Key Area 3. Linkages 1. Sustain and reactivate partnerships and communication with local government and NGOs. 2. Establish the expectations of community partners and sponsors. 3. Recognize contributions of partners. Key Area 4. Community Development Projects 1. Review and revise community needs assessment tool. 2. Review current initiatives to address sustainability and impact. 3. Create awareness of NSTP-CESAR programs and accomplishments among LGUs and target areas. Key Area 5. Resource Generation
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1. Review, revise and obtain approval of resource generation policy. 2. Stipulate implementation of CMO for the release and establishment of NSTP Fund. Key Area 6. Faculty Performance 1. Develop faculty performance assessment. 2. Sustain and expand faculty development programs along community-based approach. Key Area 7. Research 1. Develop research committee and research initiatives. 2. Collaborate with LGUs and NGOs for research activities. 3. Disseminate NSTP research activities and needs assessment conducted. Key Area 8. Quality and Accountability Monitoring 1. Monitor instructional and organizational effectiveness. 2. Document and report progress towards achieving objectives. 3. Institute Continuous Quality Improvement process.

Key Area 1. Instruction Objective 1. Review, revise and recommend approval of instructional standards and competencies. Strategies: 1. Conduct consultations to review and revise instructional plan. 2. Obtain approval of instructional plan and competencies. 3. Conduct benchmarking of NSTP instructional standards. Performance Measures: 1. Relevance and effectiveness of IP. 2. Student outcome. 3. Comparability of NSTP with other institutions. Key dates for releases and reports: November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.

Objective 2.

Increase the contract hours from 54hours per
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semester to 72hours per semester. Strategy: 1. Implement section 6a of the IRR of RA9163. Performance Measure: 1. Number of accomplishments and student outcome. Key dates for releases and reports: November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.

Objective 3. Develop and pursue clear and concrete students’ assessment tool based on NSTP objectives. Strategies: 1. Review current computation of students’ performance. 2. Formulate standard-based, performance-based and outcome based grading system. 3. Obtain approval of the proposed grading system. 4. Implement approved grading system. 5. Evaluate and recommend for revision when needed. Performance Measures: 1. Students’ satisfaction on grade reports. 2. Number of issues in relation to grade reports. Key dates for releases and reports:
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August 2008. MidTerm Grade Report October 2008. Final Grade Report November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report January 2009 MidTerm Grade Report March 2009. Final Grade Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.

Key Area 2. Student Support Objective 1. Re-activate NSTP students’ organization and select advisory committee. Strategies: 1. Conduct general meeting of NSTP Class Presidents. 2. Conduct Election of Officers for NSTP Students’ Organization. 3. Assign faculty advisers. 4. Monitor activities, meetings and accomplishments. Performance Measures: 1. Number of activities and accomplishments of the organization. 2. Number of student support activities. 3. Students’ satisfaction. Key dates for releases and reports: July 2008. Organization of NSTP Students’ Organization Monthly Meetings November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Objective 2. Standardize alternative equivalency of make-up community services and interventions. Strategies:
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1. equivalency.

Identify acceptable pathways for community services

2. Present and secure recommendations from ALS. 3. Obtain approval of alternative pathways and equivalency. Performance Measures: 1. Number of incomplete, dropped students. 2. Number of approved pathways for make-up services. Key dates for releases and reports: July 2008. Formulation of acceptable alternative pathways November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.

Objective 3. performance. Strategies:

Achieve continuous improvement of student

1. Conduct regular evaluation of student’s performance. 2. Identify at-risk students and implement interventions. 3. Monitor and report improvement. Performance Measures: 1. Percentage of students who completed the course. 2. Community satisfaction of student accomplishments. Key dates for releases and reports: August 2008. MidTerm Grade Report November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report January 2009. MidTerm Grade Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.

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Key Area 3. Linkages Objective 1. Sustain and reactivate partnerships communication with local government and NGOs. Strategies: and

1. Conduct visits to partners and present accomplishments, renew commitment. 2. Conduct regular meeting with partners. Performance Measures: 1. Number of functional collaborative partners. 2. Number of accomplishments with partnerships. 3. Satisfaction of partners. Key dates for releases and reports: November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.

Objective 2. and sponsors. Strategies:

Establish the expectations of community partners

1. Conduct regular meetings and present accomplishments. 2. Identify expectations through meetings and consultations. 3. Disseminate expectations to administrators, facilitators and students. Performance Measures: 1. Number of community projects accomplished in partnerships.
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2. Satisfaction and trust of community and sponsors. 3. Number of partnerships. Key dates for releases and reports: November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Objective 3. Recognize contributions of partners. Strategies: 1. partners. 2. Bestow recognitions and awards to partners and their contributions. Performance Measures: 1. Number of recognitions and awards given to partners. 2. Satisfaction and increased or sustained contribution of partners. Key dates for releases and reports: Monthly Regular Meeting November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Key Area 4. Community Development Projects Objective 1. tool. Strategies: tool. 2. Conduct workshops for revision of community assessment tool. 3. Finalize and utilize revised community assessment tool. Performance Measures: 1. Relevance and comprehensiveness of information collected. 2. Acceptance, utilization and application of the community
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Conduct regular dissemination of accomplishments with

Review and revise community needs assessment

1. Consult experts to review and revise community assessment

assessment tool. Key dates for releases and reports: July 2008. Report on Revision of Community Assessment tool. October 2008. Evaluation Report of the Community Assessment Tool. November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report. Objective 2. and impact. Strategies: Review current initiatives to address sustainability

1. Organize experts to analyze accomplishments. 2. Benchmark NSTP standards and delivery. 3. Create and test new initiatives to enhance sustainability and impact. Performance Measure: 1. Quality of Life of target communities. Key dates for releases and reports: July 2008. Benchmarking report. November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Objective 3. Create awareness of NSTP-CESAR programs and accomplishments among LGUs and target areas. Strategies: 1. Conduct regular meetings. 2. Report accomplishments regularly. 3. Ensure participation of partners in all community projects. Performance Measures: 1. Number of community projects participated by LGUs and target area residents. 2. Project outcome and impact. Key dates for releases and reports:
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Monthly Regular Meetings. November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Key Area 5. Resource Generation Objective 1. Review, revise and obtain approval of resource generation policy. Strategies: 1. Organize committee to review, incorporate recommendations to the resource generation policy. 2. Present and obtain approval of resource generation policy. Performance Measure: 1. Effectiveness, efficiency and accountability of resource generation activities. Key dates for releases and reports: June 2008 Committee Organization Jul 2008. Finalized and Approved Resource Generation Policy. November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Objective 2. Stipulate implementation of CMO for the release and establishment of NSTP Fund. Strategies: 1. Conduct meeting with the administration on the implementation and establishment of NSTP Fund. 2. Organize committee to manage NSTP Fund. 3. Formulate policy on the utilization of NSTP Fund. Performance Measures: 1. Establishment of NSTP Fund. 2. Number of approved projects funded by the NSTP Fund. 3. Viability of NSTP fund. Key dates for releases and reports:
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July 2008. Report on Meeting to Implement CMO and Establish NSTP Fund November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.

Key Area 6. Faculty Performance Objective 1. Develop faculty performance assessment. Strategies: 1. Organize committee to develop NSTP faculty performance assessment. 2. Review, revise, validate and submit proposal for approval. 3. Implement assessment tool. Performance Measures: 1. Effectiveness, efficiency and comprehensiveness of faculty performance assessment tool. 2. Target community and student satisfaction. Key dates for releases and reports: July 2008. Committee organization. August 2008. Assessment tool revision, validation September 2008. Approval of the Assessment tool. November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.
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Objective 2. Sustain and expand faculty development programs along community-based approach. Strategies: 1. Identify faculty needs for faculty development programs. 2. Formulate faculty development programs based on identified needs. 3. Prioritize and implement faculty development programs. Performance Measures: 1. Participations in faculty development programs. 2. Results of faculty evaluation. 3. Capacity of faculty to implement NSTP. 4. Students and community satisfaction. Key dates for releases and reports: July 2008 Faculty Development Program Schedule. November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.

Key Area 7. Research Objective initiatives. Strategies: 1. Develop research committee and research

1. Organize NSTP facilitators’ research committee. 2. Define tasks of NSTP facilitators’ research committee. 3. Initiate and obtain support for research initiatives. 4. Conduct of community-based research.
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Performance Measure: 1. Number of research outputs. Key dates for releases and reports: June 2008. Organization of NSTP Research Committee. November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Objective 2. activities. Strategies: Collaborate with LGUs and NGOs for research

1. Submit relevant research proposals to LGUs and NGOs. 2. Advocate for approval and funding. 3. Work in partnership with LGUs and NGOs for research. Performance Measure: 1. Number of research outputs. Key dates for releases and reports: Monthly meetings with LGUs and NGOs November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Objective 3. Disseminate NSTP research activities and needs assessment conducted. Strategies: 1. Organize NSTP editorial board to publish newsletter. 2. Publish research in NSTP newsletter. 3. Provide copies of research output and newsletter to LGUs and NGOs. Performance Measures: 1. Number of newsletter published. 2. Number of research disseminated and research output utilized. Key dates for releases and reports:
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June 2008. Organization of NSTP editorial board. November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Key Area 8. Quality and Accountability Monitoring Objective effectiveness. Strategies: accomplishments. 2. accomplishments. partners. 4. Formulate calendar of tasks and activities. Performance Measures: 1. Timely and comprehensive reporting of accomplishments. 2. Evaluation results. Key dates for releases and reports: June 2008. Calendar of Tasks and Activities. November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report. Conduct regular evaluation of project progress and 1. Monitor instructional and organizational

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Institute monthly and end-of term reporting of

3. Conduct regular meeting with students, faculty and community

Objective 2. objectives. Strategies:

Document and report progress towards achieving

1. Institute monthly reporting of accomplishments and activities. 2. Conduct regular consultation meeting with students, faculty, community partners and administrators. Performance Measures:
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1. Timely and comprehensive reports. 2. Number of consultation meetings conducted. Key dates for releases and reports: Monthly Accomplishment Reports November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.

Objective 3. Institute Continuous Quality Improvement process. Strategies: 1. Review internal and external policies and regulations for compliance, relevance and appropriateness. 2. Regular performance and output monitoring of students, faculty and target community. 3. Analysis of Reports submitted for intervention and re-planning. Performance Measures: 1. Satisfaction of stakeholders. 2. Compliance to policies and regulations. 3. Quality of life of target areas. 4. Character of students. 5. Recognitions and awards. Key dates for releases and reports: November 2008. First Semester Accomplishment Report April 2009. SY2008-2009 Accomplishment Report.
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Continuous Improvement Process and Accountability The Plan-Do-Study/Check-Act (PDSA) cycle, also referred to as the “Deming cycle,” is the reference for continuous improvement and learning. The PDSA cycle is a method to break down change into manageable parts and test each part to make sure that it leads to improvement and that effort is not wasted. It can be used to test ideas for improvement quickly and easily using possibilities generated from experience, research, reviews, or ideas that have been shown to work elsewhere. By breaking improvements down into small “chunks”, what starts out as an idea for change can be tested on a small-scale, then implemented or adopted more widely, and then developed into real, sustainable improvement. Accountability, in terms of evaluation of effectiveness, is built into the ongoing improvement process itself. Strengths of the continuous improvement approach include the ability to test changes quickly on a small scale with minimal expenditure of resources; it allows for early and effective adjustments to improvement strategies and action plans; and it improves acceptance by implementing staff, who are often involved directly in the design of the improvement idea or in providing feedback during implementation. Support Requirements and Evaluation A substantial amount and range of work would be required to implement what has been presented. Some of the more important activities would include: 1. Setting targets for key measures. 2. Reporting. 3. Collecting feedback. 4. Coordinating the implementation. 5. Budget allocation for the implementation. 6. Monitoring the implementation. 7. Evaluating and planning improvements and refining.

CALENDAR OF TASKS AND ACCOUNTABILITY CHECKLIST
MONTH JUNE

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

TASKS Conduct consultations to review and revise instructional plan. Obtain approval of instructional plan and competencies. Implement section 6a of the IRR RA9163. Conduct monthly faculty meeting. Identify needs for faculty development program. Formulate faculty development programs based on identified needs.
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7. Organize research committee. 8. Organize editorial board for NSTP newsletter. 9. Conduct student orientation. 10. Assign faculty load and target communities.

JULY

1. Conduct benchmarking of instructional standards. 2. Review current computation of students’ performance. 3. Formulate standard-based, performance-based and outcome-based grading system and obtain approval. 4. Implement new approved grading system. 5. Conduct faculty meeting. 6. Conduct meeting with students. 7. Conduct election of NSTP officers 8. Assign faculty advisers of NSTP students’ organization 9. Identify pathways for community services equivalency. 10.Obtain approval of alternative pathways and equivalency. 11.Conduct evaluation of students’ performance. 12.Conduct visits to partners and present accomplishments, renew commitment. 13.Monthly reporting of accomplishments. 14.Organize committee to review, incorporate recommendations to the resource generation policy. 15.Conduct meeting with the administration on the implementation and establishment of NSTP FUND. 16.Present and obtain approval of resource generation policy. 17.Organize committee to manage NSTP Fund 18.Formulate policy on the utilization of NSTP fund. 19. Conduct values formation, spiritual growth activities. 20. Conduct leadership training activities.

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AUGUST

1. Conduct faculty meeting. 2. Monitor activities, meetings and accomplishments. 3. Conduct evaluation of students’ performance. 4. Identify at-risk students and implement interventions. 5. Conduct visits to partners and present accomplishments, renew commitment. 6. Monthly reporting of accomplishments. 7. Conduct workshop and consult experts to revise assessment tool. 8. Organize committee performance assessment. to develop NSTP faculty

9. Monitor research committee accomplishment. 10. Initiate and obtain support for research activities. 11. Conduct seminar on community development. 12. Conduct midterm examination.

SEPTEMBER

1. Conduct faculty meeting 2. Monitor activities, meetings and accomplishments. 3. Conduct evaluation of students’ performance. 4. Identify at-risk students and implement interventions. 5. Conduct regular meeting with partners and identify expectations. 6. Monthly reporting of accomplishments. 7. Review, revise, validate NSTP faculty performance assessment. 8. Submit relevant research proposals to LGUs and NGOs for funding. 9. Conduct community needs assessment and analysis.

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OCTOBER

1. Conduct faculty meeting 2. Monitor activities, meetings and accomplishments. 3. Conduct evaluation of students’ performance. 4. Conduct regular meeting with partners. 5. Report first semester accomplishments. 6. Conduct faculty performance evaluation. 7. Monitor and report accomplishment along faculty development. 8. Monitor and report research committee accomplishment. 9. Publish NSTP newsletter. 10. Provide copies of newsletters to LGUs, NGOs and sponsors. 11. Review internal and external policies and regulations for compliance. 12. Present and defend project proposals.

NOVEMBER

1. Conduct faculty meeting 2. Monitor activities. Meetings and accomplishments. 3. Conduct regular meeting with partners. 4. Re-assign faculty load.

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DECEMBER

1. Conduct faculty meeting 2. Monitor activities, meetings and accomplishments. 3. Conduct evaluation of students’ performance. 4. Conduct regular meeting with partners. 5. Monthly reporting of accomplishments.

JANUARY

1. Conduct faculty meeting 2. Monitor activities, meetings and accomplishments. 3. Conduct evaluation of students’ performance. 4. Identify at-risk students and implement interventions. 5. Conduct regular meeting with partners. 6. Monthly reporting of accomplishments. 7. Monitor research committee accomplishment. 8. Conduct MidTerm Examination.

FEBRUARY

1. Conduct faculty meeting 2. Monitor activities, meetings and accomplishments. 3. Conduct evaluation of students’ performance. 4. Identify at-risk students and implement interventions. 5. Conduct regular meeting with partners. 6. Monthly reporting of accomplishments.

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MARCH

1. Conduct faculty meeting 2. Monitor activities, meetings and accomplishments. 3. Conduct evaluation of students’ performance. 4. Conduct regular meeting with partners. 5. Monthly reporting of accomplishments. 6. Give awards and recognitions to students, faculty members, facilitators, partners and sponsors.

7. Conduct faculty performance evaluation. 8. Monitor and report accomplishment along faculty development.

9. Monitor research committee accomplishment. 10. Publish NSTP newsletter.

APRIL

1. Conduct faculty meeting 2. Monitor activities, meetings and accomplishments. 3. Report accomplishments of 2008-2009. 4. Provide copies of newsletters to LGUs, NGOs and sponsors.
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5. Review internal and external policies and regulations for compliance.

REFERENCES

CHED MEMORANDUM on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the NSTP Act of 2001. April 2002. CHED MEMORANDUM on the Guidelines and Suggested Curricula for the NSTP Literacy Training Service and Civic Welfare Training Service Components and the Basic Guidelines for the Accreditation of NGOs. 2002.

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CHED Memorandum Order No. 05 s2003. Utilization of the National Service Training Program (NSTP) Trust Fund. Committee for Economic Development. Measuring what matters: Using assessment and accountability to improve student learning. New York. Research and Policy Committee.2001. Gonzales, Vivian A. Students’ Transformation and Enrichment for Truth Values Integration and Promotion (STET-VIP) National Service Training Program (NSTP) Trainor’s Handbook. Ley, Joyce. Assessment and Accountability. Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. July, 1999. Retrieved from Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory website. Republic Act 9163. An Act establishing the National Service Training Program (NSTP) for Tertiary Level Students, Amending for the Purpose of Republic Act No. 7077 and Presidential decree No. 1706, and for Other Purposes. Rivera, Catalino P.. Improving University Accountability – Helping Each Student to Succeed. A paper from the University of Pangasinan Academic Planning 2008. Dagupan City. 2008.

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