Amihan April C. Mella-Alcazar
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig
(University of Pasig City)
Project Title: A Model for Portability of Academic Units from Community Colleges and Development of Ladderized Curriculum Credited to Baccalaureate Degree in the State Universities and Colleges
U.S. Affiliation: University of Tennessee
Dr. Amihan April Mella-Alcazar is a lawyer and academic professional, with lecturing and administrative experience from various academic institutions for the past 13 years. She has held non-academic positions with private institutions prior to becoming the President of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Pasig (University of Pasig City). She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines-Diliman and obtained her PhD and Master’s in Business Administration from the Tohoku Graduate School of Business and Economics under a full scholarship from the Japan Ministry of Education.
Dr. Mella-Alcazar’s proposal aims to create a model for the portability of academic units from community colleges or local universities and develop ladderized programs which can credit academic units taken within state colleges and universities (SUCs). The goal of the research is to improve graduate outcomes, increase the probability of baccalaureate level completion, and improve the quality of tertiary education in the country. The research outcome can be used as a legal basis for a new law to support the devolution of higher education to the local level, thus optimizing public resources and enabling students from community colleges and SUCs to complete their baccalaureate degrees. Dr. Mella-Alcazar’s research will improve the access of students to post-secondary education by recommending an institutional method of crediting academic units within the public educational sector.