ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE OF COMMERCE Problem Is the proposed of departmental reorganization for the college of commerce should be push thru or not? Areas of Considerations The Organization- A medium sized private University. It is one of the better private Universities in the City and primarily known for its engineering and science degree courses. The College of Commerce Department – a major unit of the university but was a far second in enrolment with 3,000 students. – distributed among four major fields: Banking and Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Business Management. – had 55 full time faculty and over 100 lecturers.
The full time faculty members taught as many as 5 courses per semester while the lecturers taught from one to three courses. – The department heads were usually senior faculty members who were considered academically/professionally the well-prepared in the department. – Headed by Dean and Vice Dean. The Vive Dean is in charge for the administrative aspects. The six department heads directly reporting to the Dean. Proposed Departmental Reorganization- Dean Santos proposed to the Rector a reorganization of College which would reduce the existing number of departments from 6 to 3. Santos considered the cost increase in running the college and difficulty in raising the tuition fee. -The financial benefits would be the basis of the savings of the stated cost. Pros and Cons- The department heads are against proposal. -The department heads believe that the merging would create a loss of academic identity in the departments. They want an homogenous department. – Dean arguments that many department heads are just trying to protect their positions and privileges. -According to Santos one of the advantage of the proposal they can fertilize to each other.
Hence, the three departments are compromised. Alternative Courses of Action Alternative 1 To push thru with the proposal for departmental reorganization for the college of commerce. Advantages- A change will contribute a big help that would give opportunity to fertilize each other and at the same time would reduce the university cost. Disadvantage- The possibility that the department heads and lecturers may have a loss of academic identity in the departments. Alternative 2 Not to push thru with the proposal for departmental reorganization for the college of commerce.
Advantages- The Department heads will have homogenous department. Disadvantages- the cost will continue increase in running the college and the difficulty in raising the tuition fee will still continue. Recommendation We recommend the first alternative which is to push thru with the proposal for departmental reorganization for the college of commerce. Because reducing from 6 departments to 3 would really help them fertilize each other in which where the student also benefit opportunity. The cost also will decrease concerning the running if the university and it will no longer difficult in raising tuition fees.
However, to avoid the loss of their academic identity in the department, the Dean should also re-evaluate to look for an alternative that would retain their identity of their forte and retain their credibility as a lecturer. Like for example in merging the Finance and Accounting there should be sub head for each forte even though they are considered as one. They should help in feeding up each other of how to improve and facilitate properly the department for the benefit of the students and university. Same with the other merged department.