Pursuant to its thrust to continuously improve the level of competence and ensure its success to become the number one local university of employable graduates in the country, Quezon City University (QCU) recently conducted a three-day Midyear Assessment and Planning on August 2 to 4, 2023 at the Subic Bay Travelers Hotel, Subic, Zambales.
Participated by 57 heads from its different sections and units, the event, which was spearheaded by QCU President, Dr. Theresita V. Atienza, focused on the theme: “QCU as One: Working Towards Sustainability.” Vice Presidents, Department Directors, College Deans, and Unit Heads, including some support staff from the different offices of the University, were in attendance during the three-day activity facilitated by the Research, Extension, Planning, and Linkages – Institutional Planning Office (REPL-IPO). The event was aimed at evaluating what has been accomplished for the first half of 2023 and identifying the University’s plans for the remaining half of the year.
Dr. Atienza opened the event by discussing the overarching objective of the assessment and how monitoring the progress of the different programs and key results areas (KRAs) will help the University attain its vision. After a brief discussion by Dir. Ruben Jose Sanchez, head of the Institutional Planning Office, each office/unit/department head from the academic and non-academic sectors presented their team’s midyear assessment monitoring form, which was followed by the presentation of the point-persons on the plans regarding the University Accreditation, New Academic Building, Korea-Philippines IT Training Center, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Center for Professional and Continuing Education, and Service Learning programs on Day 2. Dr. Atienza also gave a brief lecture on the Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS), which is a mechanism that links employee performance with organizational performance to enhance the performance orientation of the compensation system. It ensures that QCU employee achieves the objectives set by the University and the organization, on the other hand, achieves the objectives that it has set as its strategic plan. This was followed by a short discussion on succession planning. “People working in an organization look forward to their career path-its normal. It [SPMS] sets the tone on individual performance having the direction on what he/she wants to accomplish during his/her career runs on the employee’s mind,” Dr. Atienza explained. In relation to succession planning, Dr. Atienza also emphasized the importance of providing clear opportunities, as a way of preparing for things to come.
“People come and go, and that is the reason why looking and thinking forward in anticipation of things to happen is a good strategic move for the organization to keep it going,” she ended.
A fellowship night was held on the evening of August 3, 2023, which was aimed at allowing the participants to unwind and strengthen camaraderie.
The event concluded with the awarding of certificates of participation and a message from Ms. Pia Angelina C. Tan, Vice President for Administration and Finance.
Overall, the event, which is QCU’s first Midyear Assessment activity under Dr. Atienza, allowed the participants to realize how much their respective units have achieved their office goals. It also showed the importance of inter-department collaboration within QCU to ensure the smooth and well-coordinated implementation of priority programs, projects, and activities.