The major focus of the conference was on the issue of measuring quality through the Qualitative Contribution Evaluation (QCE) instruments. In particular, the issue of validity was intensively discussed addressing questions on whether the evaluation outcomes using the instruments match the quality of the faculty members being evaluated or not. As input to the workshop, one expert averred that the QCE as it stands is too quantitative and that it failed to actually measure quality. Thus, it is no different from the documents derived from the Common Criteria for Evaluation (CCE).
A roomful of over 300 participants from different SUCs attended the training-workshop held in Crown Regency Residences, Cebu City
The outputs of the workshops revealed a significant dichotomy in the reactions of the participants. On the policy level, the President’s Group showed definite inclination towards more stringent and quality-based assessment of faculty performance; on the grassroots level, the Evaluator’s Group expectedly opted for a status quo where the implementation processes had already been automated arising from the quantitative nature of the QCE instruments. This dichotomy was expected since the implementers would likely adopt the easier quantitative route, albeit with low validity. On the other hand, policymakers would opt for the ideal process with high validity.
Mr. Edgardo Macaranas of DBM shared the department's perspectives on NBC No. 461
Overall, the conference on revisiting, reviewing, and revising the assessment formats used in the implementation of NBC No. 461 signifies the commitment of the association towards quality education as elucidated in the Roadmap to Philippine Higher Education: 2012-2016. The outcomes of the seminar-workshop further assure the stakeholders of continuous quality improvement right at the forefront of the public higher education sector.