The Countryside Development Research Journal (CDRJ) successfuly hurdled the journal accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). On March 30, 2015, the Joint Management Committee and Commision en Banc of CHED has approved the accreditation of 20 journals out of more than 70 journals submitted for accreditation. CDRJ got a catgeory B (national level) journal accreditation.
Vincent Montaño, a faculty of the College of Engineering of Samar State University was chosen as the 1st prize winner under the professional category during this year’s Regional Health Research Summit held in Ormoc City. His project entitled "ECG Signal Classification for Remote Area Patients using Artificial Neural Networks in Smartphone" which functions as an electro-cardiogram (ECG) machine bested three other finalists. The gadget developed by Engr. Montano caught the interests of the judges because of its unique features that will make monitoring of patients more effecient and on realtime anywhere they are. The device measuring about 10 x 15 x 20 cm can read ECG without lenghty paper for a cardiologist to read. The said readings can be sent through SMS and read by a smartphone, enabling the patients doctor anywhere he/she is as long as their is a mobile phone signal.
Samar State University is one of the most active institution in the Region in terms of patent and utility model applications. Below are the list of submissions to IPOPhil this year.
Samar State University is in search for private sector representatives to the SSU Board of Regents (BOR) wherein 2 position is vacant. BOR is composed of 13 members from various sectors of the government headed by the CHED commisioner and the president of the university as the assistant chair. Three of the BOR members come from the private sector. Section 5(k) is a prominent citizens who have distinguished themselves in their profession or fields of specialization of the university. The same section further states that the setting BOR shall appoint (3) prominent citizens from among a list of at least five (5) persons qualified in the Province of Samar, as recommended by the search committee constituted by the university president, in consultation with the Chairperson of the CHED, based on the normal standards and qualifications for the position. The elected private sector representative shall serve for a term of two (2) years.
Dr. Marilyn D. Cardoso, the VP for Academic Affairs and the Dean of Graduate Studies of Samar State University recently delivered a keynote speech entitled “The role of innovation and the challenges faced by the Philippine academic sector” during the Innovation Challenges in Multidisciplinary Research and Practice (ICMRP) in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia held December 17-18, 2014. Among the keynote speakers, VP Cardoso received Shield of Honor Plaque for an "A" keynote speech. VP Cardoso also presented a research paper entitled “Organizational climate: Its implication to job satisfaction and performance of personnel in state universities and colleges in Eastern Visayas, Philippines”. She also was the session chair for track A - Business, Management and Economic Studies where she received plaque of commedation.
The damages caused by Super Typhoon Ruby are worsed than ST Yolanda in 2013. ST Ruby damaged several infrastructures in the four campuses of Samar State University. The worst state of SSU-Basey Campus affected the holding of classes and needs immediate reconstruction. SSU Main campus has at least 3 buildings with damaged roofing, and a stretch of covered walk. SSU-Mercedes Campus roofs were also partly damaged. One SSUMC field laboratory in Brgy Popua Catbalogan was totally damaged, while SSU Paranas campus roofs was partly damaged.
SSU-Basey was the heavily affected by ST Ruby among the four campuses. Roofs were totally damaged exposing books, equipment’s and tools to rain. SSU have requested again DPWH to conduct on-site assessment to officially estimate the damage.
Samar State University submitted the Countryside Development Journal (CDRJ), a refereed journal to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for accreditation. It hopes to qualify level A accreditation or the least level B wherein level A1 is the highest. Level B is considered national level journal while A and A1 are international journal in the definition of CHED-JAS. A1 categorized journals are those indexed by Thompson Reuters. Papers submitted are submitted to external experts reviewers.
Currently, the IT personnel of SSU is establishing an online format of the journal and hopefuly be able to submit for indexing. Indexing is very important for journals for easy tracking of its performance like citation count and journal impact factor. Journals without the online indexing lacks credibility. Reputable indexing organizations includes Thompson Rueters and Scupos to name a few.