“A leading institution of higher learning recognized for its quality transformative education serving the nation and the world.” – University of Mindanao, Vision
University of Mindanao is one of the numerous schools in the Philippines with an open admission policy. The dictionary defines open admissions as “a policy of admitting applicant to an institution, especially a university, regardless of previous academic record or grades.”
As the first school to offer tertiary education in Southern Mindanao, It was the founders’ vision to provide education to its people especially the underprivileged. It is in line with this vision that the university continues to serve the nation through its open admission policy.
John Holt on his book How Children Learn said that “The anxiety children feel at constantly being tested, their fear of failure, punishment, and disgrace, severely reduces their ability both to perceive and to remember, and drives them away from the material being studied into strategies for fooling teachers into thinking they know what they really don’t know”. As early as two years old children has to prove themselves to authorities higher than them that they know something. It is evident in the numerous fill in the blanks of ABC’s and 1,2,3s as well as the countless repeat after mes. Come elementary and high school, children are introduced to the pressure of keeping up and competing with their fellow students. Students will be trained and tested. They will take countless quizzes and exams to check if they have learned. They will be equipped and they will be weighed and they will be measured. It is a never ending battle of proving yourself to the people around you.
Transitioning from high school to college can be quite a challenge. Student will face series of choices, choices that will determine their future. Students will have to decide for themselves where to go to school, what course to take, and what career to purse. While deciding for their future, the students will also have to take in different factors such as the compatibility of their chosen career to their knowledge on the subjects related to that course and this is where open admissions makes a difference.
One of University of Mindanao’s open admission policy’s advantages is that students from different walks of life are welcome to study and learn in an environment that they are accepted regardless of their previous academic records. Students from high school or even student that has transferred from another school are also given the opportunity to have a clean slate. Students are given a fresh start, a new beginning in which they are not categorized on how much they have learned in their past but are given the chance to learn more with a leveled playing field. Students are encouraged to pursue their chosen career without the fear of being not good enough. The students are given the freedom of choosing a career they want to pursue without being compartmentalize on “this is where you are good at according to the results of the tests”. Students are given the chance to explore and learn new things and develop new skills.
As University of Mindanao envision having a leading institution of higher learning recognized for its quality transformative education serving the nation and the world, It’s open admission policy sure is a stepping stone in achieving the vision of its founders.