BOR Approves New Organizational StructureAngelina E. Borican, The PUP Observer, Volume 1, Issue 3, August 2012
Consistent with the University President’s vision of turning PUP into an epistemic community, the proposed changes in the organizational structure was approved by the Board of Regents during a Special Meeting held on August 17 at the CHED Conference Room.
The University-wide reorganization presented by President De Guzman before the Board features significant changes which include realigning of units and programs, renaming of offices and colleges to fit into new, merged functions, and creating additional departments or centers. These changes are being made in support of the new administration’s directions to strengthen research and knowledge production in the University.
Under the approved structure, there are now six (6) vice presidents, with the post of the executive director for branches and campuses being elevated to vice president level. The Office of the Executive Vice President retained supervision over a leaner Open University System. On the other hand, the Office of the Vice President for Administration now supervises the Security Office, now called Security and Safety Services which used to be directly under the Office of the President. The Office of the Vice President for Finance, like the other VP offices, has an Assistant to the Vice President for Finance.
The academic sector, considered the “heart” of the University, has likewise undergone major changes as similar and related curricular programs were placed together under a single renamed college. For instance, the College of Arts and Letters is a merger of two separate units before – the College of Arts and the College of Languages and Linguistics. A new college named College of Social Science and Development was formed to include the programs of the then College of Cooperatives, as well as the Departments of Economics, History, Sociology and Psychology. Among the colleges that were renamed are: College of Accountancy and Finance (formerly College of Accountancy), College of Business Administration (formerly College of Business), College of Computer and Information Services (formerly College of Computer Management and Information Technology).The Library and Learning Resources Center which used to be under the Office of the Vice President for Student Services is now managed under the Academic Affairs Office.
There are three major departments under the Office of the Vice President for Student Services namely, the Office of the Student Services, Office of the University Registrar and the University Center for Culture and the Arts. On the other hand, the Office of the Vice President for Research, Extension, Planning and Development was renamed to reflect the planning function of one of the units or centers under this office. Three major centers were retained under the OVPREPD namely: Center for Cultural Studies, Center for Social Sciences and Development, and Science and Technology Research Center.
According to the President, he hopes to effect the changes by the second semester of the current school year. “I call on the Executive Committee as well as the entire community to support the administration as it implements the changes brought about by the approved structure,” President De Guzman added.