Higher education institution (HEI) faculty and staff can now look forward to more benefits under the Sectoral Engagement (SE) Grants. The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has modified the policy covering SE Grants to suit the needs of HEI faculty and staff and encourage higher participation during the K to 12 Transition Period. The revisions will be implemented starting the second semester of SY 2016-2017.
Based on consultations with various stakeholders from its launch last semester, the Sectoral Engagement (SE) Grants now stands alone as a policy under CMO 48, s. 2016, independent from the original Instruction, Research and Sectoral Engagement (IRSE) Grants.
The grants will continue to cater to faculty and staff through immersion in government, civil society, and industry in order to align faculty instruction with current field practice. Moreover, the grantees are provided more flexibility and higher grant amounts for this round.
Fully or partially deloaded faculty and staff are still targeted for these grants, but are now required a maximum of 12 units worth of teaching load. This was based on feedback from faculty and staff that they could not commit to the engagements while also working full-time in their HEIs.
From the original provision of “P20,000 or whichever is lower” as stated in CMO no. 14, s. 2016, the grant amounts are now categorized based on the grantee’s educational attainment. For full-time grantees, bachelor’s degree holders are now set to receive P22,000, while master’s degree holders and doctoral degree holders are entitled to P30,000 and P40,000 respectively. Part-time grantees are entitled to half of these amounts.
Flexibility in timing was also considered important to grantees, which is why instead of having nominations and engagements on a semestral basis, these will now be held on a quarterly basis. This accommodates grantees whose school years are divided into trimesters or quarters.
Through engagements in various sectors, the Sectoral Engagement grants develop faculty and staff through the exchange of knowledge, skills, and experience. It is also through these grants that the sectors benefit from the contributions of these skilled faculty and staff.
Full implementation of these revisions will begin on November 2016, and will cover both new and ongoing grantees. Second semester nominations for the sectoral engagement grants is ongoing with deadline on October 3, 2016.
The K to 12 Transition Program is a five-year effort aimed at the strategic development of HEIs and personnel during the transition period from 2016 to 2021. The Program includes a range of programs to support faculty and staff through scholarships for master’s and doctoral programs, locally and abroad, non-degree programs, as well as institutional grants for HEIs.
The Commission will be accepting nominations for the second semester until October 3, 2016. All nomination forms may be found at http://bit.ly/sheinominationkit.
For questions regarding the Sectoral Engagement Grants, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For general questions about the CHED K to 12 Transition Program, email email@example.com.