The Institute of Computer Studies in partnership with the External Studies Unit conducted a Seminar-Workshop and Writeshop for the Synchronization of Information Technology Education Curricula using CMO 25 series of 2015 last October 13-14, 2016 at the College of Engineering and Technology AVR.
Commission on Higher Education Memorandum Order (CMO) 25 series of 2015 implements the shift to learning competency-based standards or outcomes-based education. This is also in accordance to Republic Act (RA) No. 7722, otherwise known as “Higher Education Act of 1994”. It specifies the core competencies expected of graduates of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS), Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT), and Bachelor of Science in Information Systems (BSIS). CHED recognizes the need to be responsive to the current needs of the country when it comes to advancement and development in the field of computing. CMO 25, s. 2015 is essential in developing and strengthening the country’s computing technology to be at par globally.
Dr. Jhamie Tetz I. Mateo, Education Supervisor II and the Information Technology Education of CHED- IX served as the speaker. She conducted a writeshop for WMSU System ICT Development Program towards Center of Development-Excellence Application for 2018. She discussed the four criteria used by CHED in evaluating and selecting of centers, to wit: instructional quality (45%); research and publication (30%); extension and linkages (20%); and institutional qualifications (5%).
She emphasized the roles and responsibilities of a COE/COD such as acting as role models/leaders in the local, regional and national community; sustain and enhance research capabilities; upgrade professional or research graduate programs; undertake other activities/projects necessary in developing quality education; and provide assistance to agencies/institutions within its geographical area of coverage. She also discussed how the Institute can design curricula to suit its own context and missions provided that it can demonstrate that the same leads to the attainment of the required minimum set of outcomes, albeit by a different route.
The seminar-workshop was attended by the faculty of Institute of Computer Studies (ICS) as well as the different External Studies Units offering BS Computer Science. This activity was held in coordination with the Center for Continuing Education.