The academic programs at Olivarez College are designed to produce outstanding professionals and cutting edge researchers who are able to address the challenging issues of our time. Such academic programs are dedicated to social and technological innovation, and to combining academic excellence with an entrepreneurial spirit by enabling the transfer of research into the commercial domain, thus strengthening the links between the College and the local community, as well as benefiting the wider society.
Olivarez College aims to carry out research and creative work of a consistently high international standard that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge and understanding and to the national goals of quality and excellence in education, accessibility and equity in education, national relevance and responsiveness, efficiency and effectiveness, innovation, economic and social development, environmental sustainability and the fulfillment of the obligations of “educating the mind, body, and soul.”
The Center for Research and Development envisions a culture of research competency among the members of the academic community that is grounded on the multi-disciplinary facets of the institution, rooted on the ideals of spiritual upliftment, social transformation, peace education, and economic development that will have a fervent, zealous, constructive, and lifelong effect to the local and global community.
Consistent with the philosophy of Olivarez College education, researches conducted by its academic faculty and staff satisfy the research agenda primarily directed to contribute to the studies of educating the mind, body and soul.
The Center for Research and Development has a wide scope of management and leadership on the research direction of Olivarez College from planning, organizing and implementing faculty research, and creative work programs up to the documentation, dissemination and utilization of research outputs (Research Manual, 2006). In line with this responsibility, the following research agenda had been formulated:
To achieve the fundamental thrust of the Center, that is, to develop modernized skills in research among faculty, staff, and students, several activities were organized such as a seminar series on the Fundamental and Technical Features of Research Writing which ran for four Saturdays, a seminar-workshop on Writing for Publications, a seminar on Global Trends in Research Dissemination and Utilization, among others. Furthermore, to serve the purpose of internationalization and institutionalization of faculty and student research, a guidebook entitled, “Research Groundwork” and a supplementary manual for thesis writing entitled, “OC Thesis Writing Kit” were authored and made available. Correspondingly, in the quest to discover new developments in research management, several local and international benchmarking efforts were made, including meetings with researchers from University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Hong Kong Library, and University of Madrid.
As evidenced by the substantial increase in the submission of research proposals and completed outputs in a span of two years, it is but fitting to suggest that indeed, a culture of research has been successfully established in Olivarez College. More than in numbers, it is likewise inspiring to note that more faculty and student researchers are plunging into the enlivening domain of qualitative research. Now, research proposals and outputs are not limited to descriptive and correlational research, but researchers are nowadays more audacious in carrying out phenomenological, ethnographic, and other sorts of qualitative research.
Research outputs of faculty and students are presented and published in various conferences, here and abroad. With the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Perpetual Help and other member institutions of the Consortium of the South, more doors have been opened for the sharing of research outputs by way of journal exchange and other anticipated research activities. Similarly, papers were presented in national conferences hosted by Philippine Normal University, Centro Escolar University, University of Sto. Tomas, and others. In the international scene, several researchers were also presented such as in University of Guelph in Canada and in University of Madrid in Spain, following the pioneering efforts to go global in the previous year when faculty researchers presented papers in Beijing Normal University, in University of Sains Malaysia, and in Ramada Osaka, Japan.
The mark of sensible research is its pragmatic value. Based on this premise, research outputs are purposefully used to address concerns within the school and of the society by and large. Modules which were outputs of previous researches are now being used by students; research findings are shared as a manner of awareness campaign; results of correlational studies on lecture and lab work are now used to assess teaching-learning efficacy; and so much more. These efforts are a continuous process. Admittedly, it is in the area of utilization that the Center intends to maximize its efforts on for the next academic year as the Center expects the completion of more community-based research outputs.