Standards of excellence and job satisfaction of agricultural engineering graduates in a state university

Ester L. Forlales

This study is focused on standards of excellence of the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering program and the graduates’ job satisfaction. A total of 124 graduates of the Romblon State University, 119 employers and 22 members of the school top management were the participants of the study. Using the descriptive research design, the study revealed that the BSAgEn program has “Very Satisfactory” quality level in terms of standards of excellence in VMGO, Administration, Curriculum and instruction, Faculty, Research and Extension Services, and Physical Plant and Facilities, but has “Satisfactory” quality level in Student services, Library and Laboratory & Equipment. The program is strong in terms of tuition fees, faculty performance, accredited curriculum, and administration, but weak as regards info-tech instructional practices, student services, library, and laboratory facilities. The study also revealed that the graduate-employees are “Satisfied” with the work condition, career growth opportunities, salaries and benefits and course relevance to the job. Strengths of the program are in terms of compensating salaries and benefits, policies on job security and safety, attractive career growth opportunities, and very good work condition; while the weaknesses are the limited skills related to actual work, promotions usually influenced by politicians, and irrelevance of the course to the job. There is a significant difference in perceptions between the school top management and the graduates on the status of the program, but no significant difference between perceptions on application to the job of the knowledge and skills and level of job satisfaction with the work environment.

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