The enriched virtual mode (EVM) will remain the default mode of instructional delivery for all programs in UST even as the University continues to expand limited face-to-face (F2F) classes to several programs, the Office of the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs (OVRAA) said.

In a memorandum dated April 29, the OVRAA said academic units could opt for two EVM variants: the EVM hybrid mode or EVM hyflex mode.

The EVM hybrid mode will require students to complete the necessary number of F2F sessions or hours to accomplish the intended learning outcomes and competencies of a specific course or subject. According to the memorandum, this will be utilized for courses or subjects whose outcomes and competencies could not be fully achieved with online learning.

Meanwhile, the EVM hyflex mode will give students an option to participate in either F2F or online classes. This mode will be for courses or subjects whose outcomes and competencies may be achieved with online learning, and in which F2F classes are only necessary to “enrich the learning experience.”

Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Cheryl Peralta said that the University Crisis Management Committee approved additional proposals for F2F classes (hybrid and hyflex instructions) for the A.Y. 2022-2023.

“However, the timeframe for the actual commencement of (F2F) classes for these programs, the year levels involved, and the courses that will involve face-to-face classes shall depend on the intended learning outcomes identified by the unit and their compliance with the requirements of CHEd (Commission on Higher Education) or DepEd (Department of Education), whichever apply,” Peralta told the Varsitarian.

The OVRAA also advised academic units to conduct “high stakes” examinations and assessments onsite whenever possible and announce the implementation of F2F classes for selected programs and courses for the guidance of all stakeholders.

The selected academic units and programs that were granted the CHEd Safety Seal and are currently allowed to hold F2F classes are as follows:

Faculty of Medicine and Surgery

  • Doctor of Medicine
  • BS in Basic Human Studies
  • Master in Clinical Audiology

College of Nursing 

  • BS in Nursing

College of Rehabilitation Sciences

  • BS in Physical Therapy
  • BS in Speech-Language Pathology
  • BS in Sports Science

Faculty of Pharmacy 

  • BS in Medical Technology
  • BS in Pharmacy 
  • BS in Biochemistry

College of Science

  • BS in Biology
  • BS in Microbiology
  • BS in Chemistry
  • BS in Applied Physics
  • BS in Psychology

Graduate School 

  • MS major in Biology
  • PhD major in Biology
  • MS major in Microbiology
  • MS major in Chemistry
  • PhD major in Chemistry
  • MS major in Food Science
  • MS in Medical Technology
  • PhD major in Medical Technology
  • MS in Pharmacy
  • PhD in Pharmacy

College of Commerce and Business Administration

  • BS in Business Administration
  • BS in Entrepreneurship

College of Accountancy 

  • BS in Accountancy
  • BS in Management Accounting
  • BS in Accounting Information Systems

College of Education 

  • BS in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • BS in Food Technology

Conservatory of Music 

  • BM in Composition
  • BM in Music Education
  • BM in Music Technology
  • BM in Music Theater
  • BM in Performance
  • BM in Musicology
  • BM in Jazz

College of Tourism and Hospitality Management 

  • BS in Hospitality Management
  • BS in Tourism Management

Faculty of Engineering

  • BS in Civil Engineering
  • BS in Chemical Engineering
  • BS in Industrial Engineering
  • BS in Electronics Engineering

College of Information and Computing Sciences 

  • BS in Information Technology

CHEd will visit the University again for the Safety Seal application of the programs BS in Occupational Therapy, Bachelor in Secondary Education, BS in Mechanical Engineering and BS in Electrical Engineering.

In-person classes will automatically revert to EVM in case of heightened alert levels in Metro Manila.

Classes for Academic Year 2022-2023 will begin on Aug. 9. Justin Benedict T. Lim


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