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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRE-DEGREE PROGRAMMES

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“A swot Analysis of Directorate of Pre-Degree Programmes and Recommendation for Propelling Wealth Creation for the University”A Paper Presented byProf.E.B.Kolawole(FMAN, FNIER, FNICEMA)Director, Pre-Degree ProgrammesEkitiState University,Ado-Ekiti.@The EKSU IGR SummitOn Thursday 28thJanuary, 2016
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PRE-DEGREE PROGRAMMES
The Pre-Degree Programme (formerly known as Remedial Programme) commenced in 1983 to cater for candidates in Faculty of Science whowere not privileged to secure admission directly through JAMB.1995/1996:Remedial Programmed transformed to Pre-Degree Science.1999/2000:Pre-Degree Education Programme was established.
2001/2002:Pre-Degree Art tacked Pre-Degree Humanities was established.2005/2006:The Directorate of Pre-Degree Programmes comprising Education, Humanities and Science was established headed by Directors assisted by Assistant Directors of the three units, no Secretary but each unit has administrative Secretary.
Cont’d
2012/2013:The Programme was enlarged to embrace all academic programmes in the University with four options: Arts, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. Each option is headed by Assistant Director, the Management Team includes: Director, 4 Assistant Directors, Secretary,AdministrativeSecretaries, and Directorate Account.2015/2016: Resuscitation of Pre-Degree Education and Establishment of Pre-Degree Agricultural Science.
MISSION OF THE PROGRAMMEThe missions of the Programme are to:
Source quality students for the University’s degree Programme and reduce the rate of dropouts from the University.Ensure adequate preparation of eligible high school graduate for degree Programmes.Create opportunity for prospective students who could not be admitted into degree Programmes in the University through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Ensure the intellectual development of the students in the areas of critical thinking, Oral and Writing skills.Set up the Programme as self financing and a revenue generating academic unit of the University.
CORE VALUES
Harmonious staff – student relationshipAcademic integrityOpen administrationAccountability and probityRespect for natural endowmentEffective resource managementEffective staff and student welfare.
STRENGTHS OF THE DIRECTORATE OF PRE-DEGREE PROGRAMMES FROM 2012/2013 SESSION T0 DATE
DPDP Offers all the Programmes in the University give rooms for more prospective candidates for the Programme.Micro University nature of the Programme i.e. the Programme deals with all the Faculties in the University, the entire University community and the Country as a whole.Abundance of human and Physical resources (students, Lecturers,Personnelsand formidable stakeholders of the programme.Attractivehonourariumfor the Instructors even though none for the Director and Assistant Directors and other Stakeholders.Excellent performanceof our students in both internal and external examination. Most of the time our product is usually the best overall best student for the University.Admission opportunity for our students into all the Degree Programmes in the University through Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DIRECTORATE OF PRE-DEGREE PROGRAMMES FROM 2012/2013 SESSION T0 DATE
Translation of the Programmes from the regular academic calendar year to an annual Programme as dictated by JAMB.Stable Academic calendar from 2012/2013 session up to date.Against all odds of workers strikes (Local and National), DPDP recorded a great feat of maintaining smooth uninterrupted academic sessionsNo academic session was lost from 2012/2013 up to date.The Programme recorded successful graduation of 4 sets of students 2011/2012, 2012/2013 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and the 5thset 2015/2016 session by His grace will be graduated on record time in due course.

Reliable and vibrant DPDP Management team, Academic board made up of all the Deans of Faculties Directors of Academic Units. And the Governing Board made up of University Management under the good leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deans of the Faculties, and the Directors of Academic Units .A dividend of over N300 million naira from Pre-Degree students through the University 2 cancelled academic sessions.Generating more IGR than expected sessional IGR budget.Training of Staff – Induction /training course for all the Instructors and Assistant Directors on teaching methods, Test Constructions and Principles of Tests and Measurement.Directorate of Pre-Degree Programmes holds monthly meetings with the instructors to know the level of coverage of the syllabi or course outlines.Daily interactive section of the Director with the students.
Challenges and Recommendations with Respect to IGR
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