THE PROBLEM AND ITS SETTING
Background of the Study
It is well acknowledge that education environment is an important element in determining students’ ability to reach their fullest quality (Bealing Jr. et al., 2006).
Education is a medium of shaping students’ ability and behavior. It is a process wherein one can achieve social competence. And also, it is through education that different knowledge can be transported and disseminated to everyone.
Educational institutions also play an important tool in developing the students as they mold their mind and intellect. One of the famous and competitive educational institutions in the Philippines is the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP). It is a public, non – sectarian and non – profit institution of higher learning which aids to strengthen the students’ potentials.
In today’s environment, students select programs based on the quality of placement they are likely to get after the completion of their studies. In the case of the students of Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), the students aspire to join those programs which ensure for a gainful employment. There are programs which are dominating from the other programs. It is due to the fact that some programs doesn’t promise good placement for the students.
Students formulate decisions throughout their college career, and decision-making is an important building block in the learning process. F. Yates, Veinott, & Patalano (2003), defined decision as “a commitment to a course of action that is intended to produce a satisfying state of affairs.”
Decision – making is essential because it makes things possible to take up the most excellent course of accomplishment in carrying out a given assignment. When there are different ways of performing a task, it becomes necessary to discover the greatest way and that is what decision-making is all about. The course of action finally selected would produce the best outcome.
The program selection decisions of students are among the most significant in the success of their education. It is vital to select carefully a program in order to fully accomplish their goals in life and to have a better and good quality future. Program selection is necessary for the reason that it helps us decides what our own lives what to be like.
Particularly, the researchers aim to determine the factors affecting program selection of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) students at Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Statement of the Problem
The main purpose of this study is to determine the factors affecting program selection of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) students. Specifically, the study aims to answer the following research questions: 1. What are the respondents’ profile as to age, gender, socio economic status and program? 2. What are the factors affecting program selection of the respondents? 3. Is there a relationship between the respondents’ profile and their selection of programs? 4. What are the possible recommendations that can aid future college students in selecting their programs?
Significance of the Study
Through this study, future college freshmen students will have insights on the factors affecting present college students on how they select their degree programs and this will also serve as a guide in choosing their own programs wisely as they go on to college.
This study will also provide some insights to present college students if in case they want to shift programs.
This study will also profit the parents so that they will realize how important they are as a source of encouragement in which children are free to explore different areas of program selection. This study will look forward in giving their children an assurance to acquire quality education that would enable them to obtain better job, better income, and brighter future.
This can also benefit guidance...
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