by Christine Godinez Ortega

The Mindanao State University System (MSUS) Academic Council turned down the proposal of the MSU-IIT for a calendar shift starting in January 2015.

Earlier, the MSU-IIT’s first proposal to have an August 2014 opening of classes that will end in May was deferred by the Board of Regents (BOR) because it required additional supporting documents.

Its second MSU-IIT proposal with supporting documents for a January 2015 opening was opposed by the MSU university academic council on September 3, 2014, during a meeting by MSUS administrative and academic heads at the MSU main campus.

Chancellor Sukarno D. Tanggol who defended the position of MSU-IIT at the MSUS university council meeting said the council prefers to have the implementation of the calendar shift to be “system wide” since other MSU campuses “were not ready”. The Institute, he said, will renew its bid for a calendar shift in the next university council meeting.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) had earlier stated that the calendar shift for HEIs is allowed within June and August of the school year in consonance with Republic Act 7722 to allow HEIs flexibility or innovation, and in order to exercise academic freedom among the HEIs, and, for them to especially meet the required number of academic hours within an academic year.

MSU-IIT’s proposal for a calendar shift is in keeping with its aim at internationalization, to be in sync with its ASEAN neighbors especially with the opening of ASEAN’s borders in December 2015. – by Christine Godinez Ortega for OC-OPI

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