LEVELS OF MANAGERIAL AND TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES OF FORESTRY GRADUATES FOR POLICY INTERVENTION: A STUDY AT AKLAN STATE UNIVERSITY, PHILIPPINES
Roberto L. Saladar, PhD
The managerial and technical competencies of forestry graduates at Aklan State University (ASU) in the Philippines are indispensable to level up forestry education program, especially realigning faculty, upgrading of classrooms and research facilities towards ASEAN educational framework. Forty respondents out of ninety-eight graduates from school year 1999 to 2013 participated in this study. Developed questionnaire was used to gather data through interview and social media. Descriptive research method was used to determine the frequency and mean to describe the levels of managerial and technical competencies of graduates prior to employment. These levels were classified as either not competent, less, middle, high or highly competent. Results showed that forestry graduates had a “middle competent” level of managerial competency and a “highly competent” level of technical competency prior to employment. The levels of managerial and technical competencies were gradually increasing from 1999 to 2013. However, their perceptions towards forestry profession were alarming and decreasing. They encountered challenges, especially in applications of theory and principles to actual situations. Findings emphasized that students’ exposure to actual learning activities, upgrading of classrooms and research facilities, faculty hiring and training, as well as industry immersion should be the basis of policy intervention for the forestry education program.
KEYWORDS: forestry graduates, level of competencies, managerial, technical and policy intervention