Institutional history of the West Visayas State University, study 1:

Sub Title: growth and development of Iloilo Normal School

Author: Grey, Evelyn J.

Accession Number: URDC00009-1

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Copyright Year: 2013

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This project is an institutional history of West Visayas State University. It traced and analyzed the institutional development of West Visayas State University since its inception as Iloilo Normal School to its present status as a University in 2010. As a piece of historical research, this study established objective facts concerning the events leading to the establishment of the then INS as well as its responses to the challenges through time. Likewise, the contributions of the university to the development of Iloilo, the Western Visayas, and the Philippines as a whole. This employed the descriptive and analytical research design. Most of the historical data used came from both primary and secondary sources-archival materials and in-depth interviews. After the data had been collected, organization and scientific analysis through external and internal criticism followed; then, writing the narrative form following the stated framework for interpretation and analysis. It was found out that the introduction of a new educational system by the Americans and subsequent establishment of PNS by virtue of Act No. 74 led to the establishment of INS in 1902. The construction of the standard school in 1920 due to the increase in the number of students taking the normal program led to the establishment of INS as one of the 8 pioneer public regional normal schools in the country. Findings also showed that it was the inner desire of Mr. Jose B. Ledesma that Iloilo Normal School should not remained as a teacher-training institution. Hon. Rodolfo Ganzon, a Congressman of Iloilo authored a bill and later enacted as R.A. 4189 led to the conversion of INS to West Visayas State College. Consequently, the curricular programs outside teacher education were opened signifying the realization of Ledesma’s dream which qualifies the period as the institution’s “Golden Age”. This study also found out that the conversion of WVSC into a University was by virtue of Presidential Decree 2019 enacted towards the end of Marcos administration. It was also found out that WVSU faculty members were further departmentalized in 1993, the number of existing curricular programs were has been increased, the students come from the upper bracket of the entire studentry in the region in terms of academic capability, and the institution has consistently produced topnotchers. Further, infrastructure and facilities are needed as the number of students increased and as the status of the school changed. Finally, the University has greatly contributed to the development of the Iloilo province, Western Visayas region, and Philippine nation as a whole through the accomplishments of its alumni.


Keywords: History, Institutional, Normal, Teacher-training, Growth, Development, Curricular programs, Conversion, Departmentalize, Academic capability, Development, topnotchers

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