Bulacan State University

City of Malolos, Bulacan

The BulSU Guidance and Counseling Services Center (GCSC),as an integral part of its educational system, opens its avenues through services for individuals, families or groups who are referred and/ or voluntarily seeking for Guidance and Counseling and all other programs it is catering. To function effectively in his/her environment, each individual must be able to make intelligent decisions and to make adjustments to the different aspects of his personal life in particular, and his community in general. These abilities, however, are not innate rather they have to be developed gradually through the passage of time. Because this is a fact, education, then, provides numerous opportunities and learning experiences for the students' development of such abilities.

Hence, the Guidance and Counseling Services Center (GCSC) of the University, stands to be--one of the most important sources of such opportunities and experiences. This office recognizes each individual's democratic right to make choices of his/her own, although, it also do so. This aims to consistently adhere to its main purpose of assisting individuals in his/her decision making in such a way, as to promote the gradual development of the abilityin making the right choices in life independently, without being unduly influenced by others. Its principle adheres on integrating the student's knowledge of himself, his strengths and weaknesses, aptitudes, talents and interests and potentials of him and of others --for further enhancement of their roles both in his personal life, and his environments wherein he/she interacts.

Thus, GCSC helps bring into focus the needs and problems of students, anticipates and uses this information to the development of curriculum in the formulation of school policies and regulations in its academic contribution and mandate.


FUNCTIONS OF THE OFFICE

This office provides the following set of services: Guidance service by using an integrated approach to the development of well-functioning individuals primarily by helping them to utilize their potentials to the fullest; Counseling through individual and/or group intervention designated to facilitate positive change in student behavior, feelings, and attitudes. Appraisal by gathering information about students through the use of psychological tests and non-psychometric devices; Follow-up through systematic monitoring to determine the effectiveness of guidance activities; and Referral with multi-disciplinary team of specialists to ensure that special needs of students are met.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Guidance Services are the formalized action of BSU to make guidance operational and available to the university populace. The program of the Guidance Center is organized and coordinated with other programs across colleges to compliment with the other educational endeavors. The Guidance personnel work with the students, parents, faculty, administration and others support personnel making this operational with their collective efforts with comprehensive objectives based on the specific needs.


SERVICES

The Guidance Center utilizes personal, psychological and social data given to students, and guides the University administration in developing related student programs and services. The significant facts about the students such as family background, academic achievement, curricular and co-curricular activities, test results and other pertinent information are enumerated in the student cumulative record.
The Guidance Center aims to provide students with a greater knowledge of educational, vocational and personal - social opportunities so they can make intelligent choices and decisions in an increasingly complex society. Materials about school programs and bulletins, personal-social journals and brochures, job bulletins and pamphlets and other related publications are available in the Guidance Center. Orientation program is done through lectures regarding courses offered, University rules and regulations, roles and functions of teaching and non-teaching personnel. Symposiums and seminar-workshops on topics related to personal-social concerns of the students are either conducted or sponsored by the Guidance Center. The Center guides students toward career awareness and educational identity through psychological testing and career counseling, dissemination of career information and job offerings. This procedure helps provide different outlets for personal characteristics and individual needs.
The Counseling service is provided to assist the student in exploring his feelings, values, perceptions, interpersonal relationships, fears and life choices. In so doing, he will be able to understand himself better to become a self-directed individual.
Testing is an appraisal service given to obtain a measure of the student's ability, achievement and other characteristics. These data are used to predict future performance, diagnose student problems and learning difficulties and evaluate instructional methods and programs. Strengths and weaknesses in the areas of personality, aptitudes, interests, motivation and job skills are assessed through the use of standardized tests. The test results are interpreted to the students for self-awareness, growth and development. The Guidance Center also administers standardized tests to the qualifiers for:
  1. Clerical (NAPA) and Teaching positions.
  2. Sponsored scholarships.
  3. Graduate school admission test
  4. Mental Ablity Test for College freshmen
  5. College Adjusment Scale (CAS) for 2nd year students
  6. OMNI Personality Inventory for 3rd year students
This service assists the student in selecting and utilizing opportunities within the University and the labor market that will enhance his development. In-school placement involves the placement of students in curricular and co-curricular programs of the different colleges to meet their needs for personal adjustment and development.
Referral is the act of transferring an individual to another person or agency either within or outside the school. It is made for the purpose of specialized assistance.

Some areas of concern which necessitate referrals are those related to the:
  • Emotionally disturbed
  • Physically handicapped
  • Financially needy
  • Educationally misplaced
  • Cases or situations detrimental to a peaceful & happy family life.
Follow-up is conducted towards determining if the individual is adequately developing in his placement and if the opportunities presented are appropriate for him. Probationary students and those with low grades are followed up individually. They are assisted in identifying the causes of their poor academic performance. This service essentially helps them develop attitudes and necessary skills to be able to cope with their academic load.

The Guidance Center takes charge of the follow-up of:
  • Students who are dropping any subject or course.
  • Results of the in-school placement and those of the school leavers and graduates.
  • Research is conducted as need arises.