Research Director & Asst. Director Present Papers in PAIR 7th National Conference

By Dr. Bonifacio Ramos
Director of the SMU Research Center

Saint Mary’s University gained national recognition when the research papers presented by Dr. Bonifacio Ramos and Dr. Cesar T. Medula, Research Center Director and Assistant Director, respectively, received major awards in their respective thematic clusters during the 7th National Conference on Institutional Research, Education, Business and Management Philippine Association of Institutions for Research, Inc. (PAIR) in Cagayan de Oro City (CDO) on August 23-25, 2010. It was co-hosted by three universities in Region 10, namely Liceo de Cagayan University, Capitol University, and Xavier University.

Dr. Ramos’ paper Performance in the Licensure Examination for Teachers and its Correlates: Policy Implications for the Teacher-Education Program of a University got the highest place (Platinum prize) in the stream, Graduates’ Success and Licensure Performance. On the other hand, Dr. Medula’s paper, While Teaching, I am Doing Research: A Closer Look into the Competencies, Problems and/or Difficulties in Research of University Faculty Members received gold award in the stream Professional Development as a Relevant Research Agenda.
The theme of the PAIR 7th National Conference was “Institutional Research as Means for Internationalization of Philippine Research and Journal Publications”. PAIR is an Affiliate of the Association of Institutional Research USA, whose External Relations Director, Dr. Daina Paupe Henry of the College of William and Mary, USA, delivered plenary session lectures on Institutional Research in the USA and its Role and Function in the University, Logistics and challenges in Implementing Institutional Research. Other plenary speakers included Dr. Veneracion Cabana of the University of Chicago, Dr. Sampson Lee Blair of the State University of New York, and Paul Llido of the Stanford Research Institute.
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