Building a Student-Centered Organizational Culture

Catherine P. Vistro-Yu, Ateneo de Manila University
Maria Celeste T. Gonzalez
Ma. Assunta C. Cuyegkeng, Ateneo de Manila University


The increasing demand for outcomes-based learning, changing demographics of students and advances in pedagogy and research in higher-education institutions have compelled educators to adopt practices aligned with the student-centered learning (SCL) approach. However, SCL is often understood unevenly and implemented inconsistently. This chapter focuses on how the Ateneo de Manila University, a Philippine university, has been working to build an organizational culture in order to strengthen and institutionalize SCL. Analysis of data from course syllabi, Annual Faculty Activity Reports, and course evaluations indicate that the Loyola Schools’ efforts to institutionalize SCL have been taking root in the curricula and in the classrooms. However, Loyola Schools faculty need to weaken knowledge boundaries and lessen control and regulation of knowledge production in order for the benefits of SCL to be fully experienced by the students.