Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Outgoing dean reports accomplishment of College of Fisheries

In less than four years that Dr. Arsenia Cagauan had served as dean, the College of Fisheries made giant steps toward attaining excellence in the field of fisheries education. She leaves behind significant and historical accomplishments which may be sustained and maintained to further enhance and improve the college while adding on to them.

These accomplishments have surely helped the college address the vision and mission of the university, pursue the goals of the college, and attain the objectives of its curricular program, BS Fisheries.

For the first Fisheries Technologist Board Examination conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission in 2003, the dean of the college along with other deans of fisheries institutions in the country participated in defining, formulating, and formalizing the duties and competency standards for fisheries technologist with the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) at the helm.

In 2004, the First Fisheries Science Week was initiated in the college. This has become an annual event of the college.

The period was also a triumph of the college nationally as fisheries graduates landed among the top performers in the Fisheries Technologists Board Exam. Because of this performance, the college has become one of the two high performing fisheries institutions in the country today.
Some of the other highlights of the accomplishments of the college during her stint as dean are as follows:

1. Operationalization of eight out of ten CHED COE projects.

2. Revision of the BSF curriculum approved for implementing starting first semester of SY 2006-2007 under a BOR Resolution 29-2006 dated May 19, 2006.

3. Renewal and forging of academic interchange through memorandum of understanding with other state fisheries schools all over the country and Maejo University in Chiangmai, Thailand.

4. Academic institutional membership in the Philippine Fisheries Institution (PhilFin) with membership of 18 fisheries institutions all over the country.

5. Development of several instructional materials in CD for multimedia, lecture and laboratory manuals, and general and technical information materials that can also be used for extension activities.

6. Intensified student development through student assistantship in the PDA/CRSP project of Dr. Remedios Bolivar, Mr. Karl Marx Quiazon, faculty members of the college and Prof. Apolinario V. Yambot, student participation in conferences funded by the college, implementation of CHED loan grant program with students benefiting from it.

7. Rehabilitation and construction of pond and tank facilities in compliance with CHED’s BSF minimum standards for field facilities for instruction and research purposes, procurement of more books and journals; procurement of photocopying machine for reproduction of teaching materials/publications; provision of a multi-media equipment for instruction purposes and of CF website which contains information about the program of one of the top performing fisheries institutions in the country and serves as a contact point for companies and other would-be employers and employment agencies for graduates in fisheries, and for fisheries alumni to get updated with their former institution in this website; rehabilitation and improvement of the university lagoon.

8. Faculty and staff development using the CHED COE fund in the form of thesis financial assistance, attendance to conferences and meetings, study visits, and trainings conducted like Geographical Information Systems, HTML and HACCP.

9. National, Provincial and CLSU Awards were received by the college faculty and students;

10.Twelve research projects/grants were received during the period with funding from external sources; CHED COE Publications Incentive Awards were given to faculty members whose publications met the implementing guidelines set for the project. More than 34 publications of the faculty members qualified for the CHED COE Publication Incentive Award; more than 10 publications were published in ISI journals; 1 chapter in a book published internationally; more than 14 publications in international proceedings; 2 publications in non-ISI international journals; and 7 publications in local journals.

11.Training, Extension, and Production completed were International Training on Water Quality Management with Emphasis on Tilapia Culture wherein participants were from China, Zambia, and Uganda funded by Genomar International; 6 month training of a Nepalese national from VOITH, Kathmandu, Nepal on tilapia hatchery and production; training/workshop/consultations meeting with in various extension services ; and tilapia production technologies development including hatchery and production of sex reversed fingerlings.

12.In the Fisheries Technologist Licensure Examination Performance, CLSU landed every year in the top ten starting in 2004 and landed at the top in the last board exam in 2006. The fisheries licensure review was organized by the College resulting in the increase of CLSU examinees’ passing percentage in the Fisheries Technologist Licensure Exam from 2003 to 2006 increased form 37 to 93% as against a decreasing national passing percentage of 40 to 37%. Also, fisheries technologist licenses of more than 80% of faculty members were obtained in 2004-2005.

13. Sponsored and co-sponsored national conferences and meetings such as the 2nd National Tilapia Congress, 2004; 3rd National Tilapia Congress, 2006; Conference on Invasive Alien Species and Impacts to Biodiversity (co-sponsor); and attend of the PhilFin Annual Convention, PCC, CLSU, February 2007; PAS/SAEP Annual Convention, May 25, 2007.

(Dr. Arsenia Cagauan is a member of the faculty in the College of Fisheries who rose from the ranks. She has served CLSU more than half of her golden years and a true blue CLSU product. She was born to parents who have served CLSU as faculty, studied in her high school and college, took her MS and PhD abroad, but came back to her alma mater to serve her. She is taking a leave of absence from the university to take care of her ailing mother in Hawaii.)