A Tracer Study on the Graduates of the Blended Education Programs for Foreign Students of a University in Ilocandia

Agustin B. Guinid, Khattiyada Chaiyo


A tracer study is essential as a way of understanding the quality and relevance of   programs offered by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as well as the labor market. This study determined the status of graduates of the blended education programs for Thais of the University of Northern Philippines (UNP). A great number of the respondents completed Doctor of Public Administration, majority are employed and occupy middle level positions in the Thailand government and are receiving high monthly salaries. The self-confidence, competence, honor and prestige of the respondents significantly improved upon completion of a doctorate degree. The respondents are highly satisfied on the curriculum and faculty but have low satisfaction on school facilities. Their main concern is the lack of good accommodation within the campus and the non-recognition of the degree by the Board of Education of Thailand. In light of the findings, the school facilities must be upgraded to meet global standards. Internet should be made accessible and in-campus accommodations should be improved. The university should make representation with the Board of Education in Thailand for the recognition of the university blended programs. Finally, the faculty should further improve the quality of instruction to make the programs more attractive to foreign students.


public administration, thai graduates, evaluation

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