A Tracer Study of Public Administration and Governance and Development Management Graduate Programs of the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos
The global demand for high-skilled professionals emphasized the role of higher education in career advancement. This descriptive tracer study of the Master in Public Administration and Governance (MPAG) and the Doctor of Philosophy in Development Management (PhD-DvM) programs aimed to establish a database on the profile of the graduates; the extent of practice of graduate attributes and the level of satisfaction with program delivery and implementation. Likewise, it investigated the challenges encountered by the graduates and their reasons for enrolment. Results revealed that majority were promoted to higher management positions; that the practice of graduate attributes in the workplace is to a very great extent; and graduates were very highly satisfied with the program delivery and implementation. Research rank highest, followed by faculty. While physical facilities and student services were rated high only. Among the challenges encountered by graduates are: thesis/dissertation writing, social relationships and work responsibilities, among others. Quality of graduate education, professors' competence, Catholic values, facilities, and research training were reasons for enrolling.