SEAS Extension Program Implementation
Keywords:extension program, Union Christian College, impact evaluation
As an instrument of social and cultural transmission and as an agent of change, the school requires the development of social conscience among its students and personnel through awareness, concern, and involvement in community development. This study aimed to evaluate the sustainability of the conducted extension activities of the School of Education, Arts, and Sciences of Union Christian College and the impact on the core values formation of the implementers as the basis for an enhanced SEAS-EP. This research utilized a descriptive-evaluative research design. The participants of the study were the SEAS students and faculty who participated in the extension program of the department from the School Years 2016-2017 to 2020-2021. The researchers adhere to the responsible conduct of research in the institution by observing the protocol set in this study, duly approved by the Ethics Review Committee, and commit and uphold the soundness of the data gathered. Findings revealed that the status of the SEAS-EP is highly implemented in all areas. Moreover, the extension program has a very high impact on the student-implementers in terms of faith, integrity, responsibility, excellence, and service. Meanwhile, the ANOVA analysis on the differences between the implementation of the program and its impact on the development of FIRES of the respondents revealed that it was not significant. Further, the regression analysis on the impact of the extension program of the department on the development of the core values of the respondents showed that community knowledge and community relations are not significant factors in the development of faith, integrity, responsibility, excellence, and service domains of the respondents. In comparison, social awareness concerns and community involvement were revealed to be important factors in the development of the FIRES domains of the respondents. Based on the results of the study, it can be concluded that the department’s extension program is implemented with a sustainability factor. The activities conducted under the said program are significant features of the departments' training their faculty and students along FIRES. Therefore, it is recommended to review the program as mentioned earlier to associate it with the improvement of its implementation, particularly community knowledge and relations.