An Informetrics Study of School Community Development Program: A Case of a Catholic University

Marielyn C. Quintana1,*, Arlen C. Ancheta1

Author Affliations

1The Graduate School, Thomas Aquinas Research Complex, Faculty of Arts and Letters, St. Raymund de Penafort Bldg., University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila 1500
*marie_pquintana@yahoo.com

Abstract

This study purports to examine the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Community Development Program in the realization of the university’s vision and mission for the marginalized communities, through the analysis of the bulk of community development annual reports using informetrics. The study is anchored on the value of community development program assessment in the identification of trends and patterns in school community development practice. Through the application of informetrics in the examination of the UST Simbahayan community development projects, an interesting Model for School Community Development Program is created, introducing five foci, namely: key result areas, thrust, areas for development, program strategies and beneficiaries. The study reveals the University’s use of a comprehensive community development approach, which is primarily based on the academic program it offers and the resources it has, translated to the services the university offers to the marginalized communities. The result of the study provides a new perspective in improving sustainability landscape in the practice of university community development program geared towards economic, social and environmental development. Interestingly, this study is helpful to commu- nity development practitioners, NGO or school-based, school administrators, faculty and student researchers who are consistently interested in a holistic community development program.