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Newly Installed Dean of the Faculty garners support for student services

Sultan Kudarat, January 27, 2021 – The newly installed Office of Dean of the Faculty at SKIA College has garnered support to improve its operational functions to current practices in Student Services. Substantial progress in attracting a growing share of Bangsamoro’s college-bound freshman proves this Muslim institution of higher education remains sustainable.

“Our administrative structure of advising services is comparatively small but easily accessible,” says SKIA president and CEO Michael O. Mastura. Specifically, its focus is unique: “Commencing a process in the 2nd Semester of sophomore year, our academic majors advising is performed by individual departments.” During the Orientation Week (Ta’aruf) “class deans” are tasked to administer “battery exams” to First-Year Students. Each chair of the departments and programs are assigned to Sophomore-cohorts also to perform student “majors advising” and multiple forms of academic support services.

The Office of Vice-President for Academic Affairs serves as Dean of the SKIA College and is charged with general supervision over the departments of instruction. “Through reorganization,” the chief academic officer explained, “our Faculty Committee has recommended an integrated approach to Student Services improvement. Thus, a new Office of Dean of the Faculty was installed as academic administrative unit of the college and personnel office of the faculty.”

Professor Amier R. Abdulmaguid, who earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Education in 2020 at the Cotabato City State Polytechnic College, is the first appointed dean of the faculty. He is a tenured faculty member of the SKIA College. Edris B. Mastura the previous Registrar serves other administrative role as College Secretary and has assumed as Senior High School Principal. Juvielyn M. Abdula has assumed as new School Registrar with college faculty status. 

Continuing updates provided by the Business Office is in keeping with SKIA phased-return-to-campus for staff, students and faculty under anti-COVID protocols. Our Year-end Report viewed SKIA as more affordable within BARMM. The outgoing Provost wrote, “Our students are often the first in their families to attend college.” As such, he quoted a study: “First-generation students typically need a customized and personalized student support services.”

Newly appointed officers reporting to the Dean of the College and other administrative faculty positions were presented during the Teachers’ Day Celebration on January 27, 2021. Recognition awards on the same occasion were likewise given to tenured staff responsible for improving current student academic services.

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