The Associate of Science in Development Communication (ASDC), a proposed academic program of the College of Development Communication (CDC), was approved by the UP Board of Regents (BOR) in its 1,373rd meeting held earlier today, August 25, 2022.

CDC will offer the program starting SY 2023-2024.

ASDC is a 2-year, 72-unit program that focuses on equipping its students with specialized and practical skills in communication and media that directly address the needs of development agencies. It can be a terminal degree or an entry point to the BS Development Communication (BSDC) program of CDC.

Its prospective students include graduates of senior high school and alternative learning systems (ALS), homeschooled, and individuals who have already been practitioners for years, but have not had the opportunity to attend formal schooling (Recognition of Prior Learning or RPL).

Application to ASDC also does not require taking the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT). However, admission shall be based on the applicants’ high school general weighted average (should be 85 percent or better), portfolio (for RPL), and interview results.

Dean Maria Stella C. Tirol consitituted an ad hoc committee to prepare the proposal for the establishment of the ASDC program. It was chaired by Dr. Benjamina Paula G. Flor and composed of Asst. Prof. Rovil A. Espiritu, Dr. Jefferson Lyndon D. Ragragio, Dr. Rosario V. Tatlonghari, Asst. Prof. Louise Antonette S. Villanueva, and Asst. Prof. Ricarda B. Villar.

More information on the program, such as application, admission, and curriculum, will be posted on CDC’s official information platforms soon. (Miguel Victor T. Durian)