Organizational Structure, Functions, and Tasks

Functions and Tasks

The President is the Chief Executive of the school who is responsible for all its activities, including those of the Research and Development Office. He ensures that the Research and Development Office adheres to the philosophy, vision, and mission of the University. Thus, he ensures that effective and stimulating Catholic and Augustinian Recollect type of educational leadership is provided by appointing, with the consent of the School Board, a Director who has the necessary educational qualifications and expertise in research. He also holds the authority to approve the research grants recommended by the Vice-President for Academics.

The Vice-President for Academics is the Chairman of the Academic Council of which the Research Director is an ex-officio member. He holds the authority to recommend to the President, a qualified employee for the position of Research Director. He also directly supervises the members of the Academic Council, including the Research Director, to ensure effective and efficient academic operations and to ensure that academic objectives are achieved. Furthermore, he endorses to the President the recommendation of the University Research Council on faculty research grants.

The Research Director functions as the Chair of the University Research Council (URC) and Editor-in-Chief of the Editorial Board of the refereed journal of the University. As head of the URC, the Director convenes and presides the hearings for research studies.  As Editor-in-Chief, RDO Director conducts the first and second screening and holds the final authority to accept and reject an article for publication. The Research Director is appointed based primarily on the candidate’s educational qualifications, expertise in research, and trust of the Admin.

The implementing arms of the Research Director are the University Research Council (URC), the RDO Staff, and the Research Coordinators.

The URC is composed of the Research Director as head/chair, Dean of the College or Principal of Basic Education or Office Head of the researcher, and a referee recommended by the Research Director. Thus, the Council evaluates manuscripts, attends proposal defense and in-house review, and recommends the appropriate number of units and other forms of incentives. It likewise offers services needed by researchers relevant to the conduct of their studies.

Under the URC is the Internal Research Committee (IRC) composed of the Research Professor/s, the Research Adviser, the Research Coordinator, and the Department Head of the researcher who serves as the Chair.  The IRC, chaired by the Department Head of the researcher, has the dual role as the internal ethics committee and internal review committee. As the internal ethics committee, it evaluates students’ manuscripts based on research and ethical standards prescribed in the University Code of Ethics. In cases where the IRC could not resolve the ethical concerns of particular research, the Chair has the responsibility to endorse the case to the University Ethics Review Board (ERB). In such a case, the Chair shall represent the Department in the ERB.  As the internal review committee, it coaches the student and faculty researchers to ensure that the college or office produces quality research outputs. The committee likewise selects the best student research outputs of the college and endorses or recommends it towards research exposition or institutional and external publication.

Directly under the Research Director are the RDO Staff, Research Assistant, Research Associate, and Web Administrator.

The Research staff assist the Director in performing the RDO functions. They administer and coordinate student and faculty research activities, evaluate institutional and unit programs and activities, and facilitate internal and external research projects. They are assisted by the Recoletos Educational Assistance for Deserving Students (READS) who perform the regular office tasks and specific functions assigned to them. Both the staff and the READS act as liaisons between the RDO and the College Research Coordinators (CRCs), faculty researchers, research professors and advisers, and faculty research grantees.

The Research Assistant manages the web maintenance, assists the Research Associate in the   Research Quality Assurance process, and coordinates student research and the community extension function of the RDO. With the assistance of the READS, he/she collaborates with the CRCs and the student researchers.

The Research Associate manages the journal publication process from the scouting of the articles to the sanitation, review, editing, and revision articles until the journal is published; conducts quality assurance of research articles through Research and Quality Assurance Tests and editing; and conducts and facilitates research mentoring for editors, data processors, faculty, and students. In these functions, she/he collaborates with the editorial staff consisting of the University statistician, the technical assistants, and internal and external peer reviewers.  The Research Associate and the Editorial Staff work with the pool of editors, data processors, research author/s, and journal contributors.

The Web Administrator, who is hired upon request, designs the RDO webpage, studies the Open Journal System and trains other RDO personnel regarding its use, uploads the necessary data online, troubleshoots whenever necessary, suggests a system of maintenance and protection for the database, and ensures the access of published articles to other online databases or indexing sites like google scholar and research gate.

The College Research Coordinators (CRCs), together with the academic heads and College Research Council, formulate the College Research Agenda and plans; communicate to the Dean the research concerns and issues so that the Dean may convene the College Research Council to discuss and decide on these issues; keep a full record of research/thesis courses and the assigned professors and advisers and coordinate with them regarding the existing research policies, guidelines, and standards for compliance;  coordinate all research student activities between their college and the RDO; serve as member of the screening committee for best student research that will represent their college in the University Research Exposition (UR Expo); facilitate the submission of requirements for the University Research Expo and serve as member of the UR Expo Committee; in the absence of the Research Professor, inspect and sign the final Research Compliance Certificate (RCR) of research outputs based on their compliance with the college format and structure; submit the college research plan of activities at the start of the school year; submit the college research accomplishment report at the end of the school year; submit the list of research subjects and research professors at the start of the semester and the list of research titles and their corresponding advisers at the end of the semester; suggest possible research enhancement seminars for faculty and students based on the needs in their respective discipline;   identify and endorse papers for publication and presentation; attend research-related meeting and activities; and assist the deans in handling concerns related to research during accreditation.Research 


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