In its bid to raise concerns from the student body to the school administration, the SAMAHAN Central Board recently held its annual ViewFinder Student Summit last Jan. 18 at the Finster Auditorium.
Problems and issues within the school were brought up before a panel of administrators which included University President Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, Academic Vice-President Dr. Gina Montalan, Ph.D., Office of the Student Affairs (OSA) director, Theresa Eliab, and SAMAHAN President, John Chin, among many others.
During the event, the panel assessed the data presented by the different ViewFinder Ambassadors who represented their respective clusters, as well as answered questions raised by audience members and from students who filled out the online question form.
Some of the issues addressed during the event included those regarding campus security, the enrolment system, student governance, tuition & other fee increases, and student welfare.
Jayvee Ferraris, the Head for the SAMAHAN Research and Development Committee, stated that as a data-driven Avenue, the event demanded the participation of numerous students from different clusters within the school.
“A target sample of students was requested to answer the ViewFinder survey tool. Then nakakuha kami ng 1,370 respondents, [which is] a little more than the targeted 20% [of the student population],” he added.
Nathalie Hazel Estipona, a ViewFinder Ambassador from the School of Engineering and Architecture, commended the efforts of those who organized the event.
“To a certain degree, I could say that the efforts of everyone behind it paid off—although, there were still some areas that could be done better for next year’s Summit,” she said.
Estipona also added that although some questions during the summit were not answered directly by the panel of administrators, the event had still stood true to its purpose.
“Overall, the event had exemplarily served its purpose—that is a dialogue between the Admin and the students, and that I think is what matters at the end of the day.”