"If the University must constantly and zealously guard its standard of instruction.....It must study the feasibility of creating a pre- collegiate year for high school graduates intending to enter the University [ by supplementing their] skills in English, Mathematics and Science..." ( Dr. Antonio Isidro's MSU's First President, MSU: It is Development Plan,1964)
The Pre- University Center ( PUC ) started in 1970,suspended for sometime, and revived in 1985. It was institutionalized in 1989 and converted to a center in 1998 to further strengthen the Pre- University Program aimed to cater the pressing need of entering freshmen students ( called “ at risk” students).
The center is mandated to implement the College Bound Program to Muslims and other members of the indigenous communities during summer and the College Preparatory Course to all Filipinos ( and foreigners ) during the regular semester of every academic year. These special programs for the special people for special reasons are intervention programs. They are designed to upgrade the academic preparation of entering freshmen students especially from the underachieving and low performing indigenous people who get conditional score in the Mindanao State University- System Admission and Scholarship Examination ( MSU- SASE ).
Institutional Study, 1980- 1984 shows the following data:
PUC Intervention/Bridging Programs: CBP and CPC
Rreports on the Results of Studies on CPB and CPC:
A ten- year study shows that both programs were very effective in enriching the academic competence of the students.
Graduation Rated in AB/BS Courses
CBP Participants 32%
CPC Participants 1%
Non- CBP/CPC enrolees
( or the so- called passers of SASE/CET ) 25%
This study clearly shows a definite of all our incoming students in their pre- college preparation. Those who take the CBP and CPC are much improved and had better chances to finish a course. Some CBP and CPC participants even graduate as Cum Laude or Topped the government board exam.
Also a thesis study reveals that the CPC participants had better performance in English and Mathematics subject than the non- CPC participants.
|Participants||Average Performance||Overall Average|
|Non- CPC Participants||67.07%||40.19%||53.63%|
Because of their high success rate,the topnotchers in CBP are awarded Academic Scholarship, Special Muslim Study Grant, CCG or CBP Study Grants. Also because of their impressive scholastic improvement the Special Muslim Grantees and CCG- Maranaos are all required to take and pass the summer CBP Program.
The Pre-University Center
Office of the Director for Pre-University Center
Mindanao State University Main Campus - Marawi
9700 Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, Philippines