University of the Philippines Baguio
As of 23 June 2015
In its meeting on June 11, 2015, the University Council (UC) of the UP Baguio, the
highest academic decision making body in this 7th constituent university of the UP
System, disapproved the motion of the College of Arts and Communication (CAC) for a
waiver of the academic deficiencies of 27 students from the college. The students
completed the required number of units in the Revised General Education Program
(RGEP) but failed to take the required courses under its “hybrid” version that took effect
in the first semester of AY 2011-2012.
The situation came about because the students used the old checklist (the pre-2011
RGEP/hybrid version), although they were provided a copy of the new checklist by the
Office of the College Secretary, which also oriented the freshmen batch of 2011 about
the new curriculum. It must be noted that several other students (numbering 74) of this
batch of candidates for graduation from CAC did not encounter this predicament.
University-wide, a total of 340 students will be graduating from the CAC, the College of
Science and the College of Social Sciences.
From 2011 to 2015, the college made available two checklists, marked only as OLD and
NEW, initially in print and later online. The college did not indicate which batch of
students should be using which checklists. Under the “self-advising” scheme of the
college, students independently choose their courses during the pre-registration period.
During regular registration period, the students consult their advisers. However,
because there were two checklists available, advisers overlooked that this batch of
students should use the new checklist and take the required GE courses.
On June 15, 2015, the 27 students submitted an appeal to UP President Alfredo E.
Pascual to allow them to graduate claiming that they were not adequately
advised/supervised by their faculty advisers and department/college faculty
administrators. Said appeal was endorsed by the college and UP Baguio Chancellor
Dr. Raymundo D. Rovillos.
The Board of Regents (BOR), through a referendum, shall decide today on the appeal
of the students, after the Office of the (UP) President thoroughly studied the testimonies
from students, faculty advisers and faculty administrators of the CAC. The decision to
overturn the UC of UPB shall be based on the academic merits of the individual or
similarly situated students (or clusters within the group of 27) and if it is established that
the case of “mis-advising” or the absence of adequate advising or monitoring system,
was largely the shortcoming of the College of Arts and Communication.