The Organization and Management of the
GRADUATE PROGRAM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES (GPAS)
On 08 November 2008 by virtue of CAS Administrative Memorandum issued by the Dean, the Graduate Program of Arts and Sciences was streamlined to respond to the issues and concerns relative to the management of graduate degree programs offered by the College. This was conducted to be consistent with the mission, vision and goals of the UP Manila – National Graduate Office for the Health Sciences (NGOHS).
In general terms, the Graduate Program of Arts and Sciences is where scholarship and innovation meet, where ideas are challenged and theories developed, where new knowledge is created, and where scholars emerge.
GPAS Admission and Policy Committee
The Graduate Program of Arts and Sciences is under the direction of the graduate faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is the responsibility of that faculty to set the conditions of admission to the program, to provide courses of instruction for its students, to direct their studies and examine them in their fields of study, to establish and maintain the requirements for its degrees and make recommendations for those degrees to the appropriate University authorities, to lay down regulations for the governance of the program, and to exercise a general supervision of all its affairs.
The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences has overall responsibility in implementing graduate program policies.
GPAS Admission and Policy Committee Functions
The GPAS Admission and Policy Committee is created to undertake the following tasks:
The major functions of the GPAS Admission and Policy Committee will be:
- To advise the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on major policies and resource allocations including marketing strategies affecting all graduate programs. Consideration will be supported by regularly collected data that allow comparisons across programs and inform members of the faculty about the competitive situations of CAS programs, and about the issues raised by expansions of the CAS faculty and support for new intellectual initiatives.
- To review graduate programs run by departments, interdisciplinary programs, and interfaculty committees, engaging leaders of each program in a discussion about admissions practices, advising systems, student life, curricular offerings and requirements, temporal guideposts and time to degree, and outplacement of degree holders. Reviews will be scheduled in a regular cycle over the academic years.
- To coordinate with the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on policy discussions, mandated reviews of programs, and consideration of proposed new Masters and/or PhD programs. Where appropriate, the GPAS Admission and Policy Committee should also coordinate with relevant bodies at other Colleges involved in interfaculty Masters and/or PhD programs.
- To develop an administrative manual of graduate program to include rules, regulations and policies approved by the UP Board of Regents and to include directions on admissions, faculty recruitment, career tracking, alumni development and other concerns (i.e., financial assistance/scholarships, marketing of programs)