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In order to systematize and redirect the conduct of extension at St. Louis University the Manual of Operating Procedures and Guidelines for Extension (MOPGE), which was approved on July 29, 2011 was drafted in order to spell out the University extension agenda, which calls for an integration in terms of framework, organizational structure, and processing in line with the University’s core values.
The agenda also outlines the key characteristics that define and serve as reference points for all the extension programs. Hence, all extension programs should be discipline-based so as to ensure that faculty members can competently and professionally deal with the needs or problems of the target groups. They should also be research-backed and guided in order to understand the nature of these needs or problems and to creatively address them by finding the appropriate solutions. Having collaborative and participatory as well as sustainable extension programs should guarantee a relevant, efficient and effective social involvement.
As a CICM (Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) educational institution with a distinct expression of Christian spirituality , programs should be pursued within the broader frame of the CICM missionary focus directed toward the poor, displaced people, education and formation of the youth, promotion of JPIC-IRD (justice, peace, integrity of creation, and inter-religious dialogue), appropriate response to secularism, and environmental protection. Hence, along with the personnel working in the different foundations and centers associated with the University, employees and students serve as partners of the CICM in responding to these varied missionary needs and challenges.
The responsibilities of the academic personnel involved in extension programs are by no means a small one. The faculty extensionists are expected to develop appropriate instructional materials and methods for non-formal education, which will not only bring about transformative change in terms of learning (initial), practice (intermediate) and condition (long-term) on the part of the target group, but also enrich classroom instruction once adapted. The faculty extensionists are also tasked to publish the researches or studies resulting from their programs in refereed journals. This is not only to increase research productivity in the University, but also to provide references for policy-makers and other stakeholders outside of the academe, e.g., GOs, NGOs, people’s organizations, etc.