Time Posted: 2017-01-23 11:14:42

Critical to the development of any educational system is the strategic planning process. Planning is of paramount importance as it provides avenue not only for the administration but for all stakeholders to take cognizance of its current status particularly in the attainment of its mandate, vision and mission. Moreover, such process determines what the system envisions to achieve, what schemes are employed to realize these, and whether or not the set targets were actually accomplished.

Premised with the belief that an effective and collaborative strategic planning is vital in the attainment of its vision of “Transforming lives by educating for the best”, Cagayan State University at Carig conducted a two and a half day strategic planning and workshop on January 4-6, 2017 at the Campus International Room which was organized by the Campus Planning Office, Campus Quality Assurance and Accreditation Office and the Campus Training Office.

The workshop which was participated by the campus deans, academic chairpersons, and heads of the different sections, is geared with the following objectives:

1. To ensure a bottoms-up method of strategic planning whereby stakeholders are consulted and encouraged to participate on goal-setting, performance assessment and decision-making;

2. To orient and assist participants on how to come up with an impartial analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) of their respective colleges/offices;

3. To have a better understanding of what Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are and provide them insight on how to craft effectively ;

4. To equip participants with knowledge and skills on how they could contribute in the crafting of the campus’s development and investment plan.

Dr. Florentina S. Dumlao, the resource speaker for the aforesaid activity, made a comprehensive discussion on the significance, process, and framework of developmental planning. She put emphasis on the role of strategic planning on economic and social transformation. According to her, state universities and colleges like the Cagayan State University have its share in nation building. And this involves not only the provision of quality education and services but the commitment and accountability of the academic community in general. She also lectured on how to craft a realistic key performance indicator (KPI). or a substantiation of the discussion regarding SWOT and KPI, Engr. Arthur G. Ibañez, Campus Executive Officer, presented the SWOT and KPI’s of the Food Innovation Center. He encouraged the participants to unveil the needs, concerns, and their visions for their respective colleges and offices. He reminded them however to be prudent and consider the financial capability of the administration in realizing the targets they have set.

On the other hand, Dr. Vilma Conrado, University Planning Services Director gave her valuable inputs and suggestions particularly during the SWOT presentation.

The activity concluded with a SWOT analysis of the campus’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats along different core areas, to wit: (1) Physical; (2) Human; (3) Financial; (4) Technological; (5) Political and (6) Institutional. A presentation and critiquing of the KPI’s of the different colleges and offices also took place. Dr. Dumlao had been so generous in sharing her insights for the improvement of the SWOT and KPI outputs of the participants, which in turn is essential in the design of the Campus Development and Investment Plan.

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