College

Colleges contribute to nation building by providing educational experiences to develop adults who have the thinking, problem solving, decision-making, communication, technical, and social skills to participate in various types of employment, development activities and public discourses, particularly in response to the needs of the communities they serve.

In order to attain its mandate, Colleges should have
 Full time permanent faculty members who have the relevant graduate degrees and/or experience in the subject areas they handle;
 Degree programs characterized by a core curriculum that holistically develops thinking, problem solving, decision-making, communication, technical, and social skills;
 Learning resources and support structures that are appropriate for developing knowledge and skills in the specific natural science, social science, humanities, and professional disciplines offered by the college, including laboratories, books and journals, etc.;
 Links with the community that would ensure the development of relevant academic and extension programs as well as the application of their learning outcomes; and
 Outreach programs involving students in social-development oriented experiences that allow them to contextualize their knowledge within actual social and human experiences.

They are operationally defined as follows:
1. At least 70% of undergraduate programs have a core curriculum that develops thinking, problem solving, decision-making, communication, technical, and social skills.
2. There should be a core of permanent faculty members, with at least 50% of full time permanent faculty members having the relevant graduate degrees in the subjects they handle. All other faculty should have the relevant degrees, licenses (for licensed programs), and/or experience in the subject areas they handle.
3. Learning resources and support structures are appropriate for the HEIs’ programs.
4. Outreach programs allow students to contextualize their knowledge within actual social and human experiences.

These minimum requirements for Colleges should be reviewed by 2017, to see if these are responsive to the development needs of the country.
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