What is the Career System Track for Aspiring Leaders?

          Phil-HECS Track II is designed to engage aspiring leaders and enhance their competencies to prepare them for increased roles in the improvement of the public higher education sector in the country. This process results in a Roster of Eligible Executives composed of Higher Education Career Officers (HECOs) deemed qualified for the position of SUC president.

         Aspiring leaders who want to become HECOs will have to undergo and pass the fore mentioned Selection Process and PAP – Executive Development program, where they will be trained on the applicable knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) necessary to excel as SUC leaders. After completing ED, candidates undergo a final eligibility assessment that confirms their capacity for SUC leadership. It is only upon passing this assessment that candidates are conferred with the title of HECO and included in the Roster of Eligible Executives.

Recruitment and Selection Process


          The Phil-HECS selection process utilizes competency-based criteria that guarantee consistency in evaluation. Given the critical nature of this process, a pool of trained assessors is tasked with supervising the screening of applicants, reviewing the results of the managerial assessment, conducting interviews, and deliberating on the outcomes of the various assessment tools. Information from each stage of selection, combined with those from documents submitted during application, form part of each applicant’s competency profile which serves as their record in the system.

Professional Advancement Program – Executive Development

          Executive Development aims to prepare candidates for the unique demands of leading a State University and College. It will also serve as a venue for these candidates to dialogue with other participants, to discuss critical issues in higher education, and to be developed as executives with the capacity to recognize, comprehend, and effectively respond to various forces and changes that impinge on the operations of their institutions. Executive Development includes residential training modules (4 months), social engagement activities (2 weeks), and the design and presentation (1 week) of an experiential innovation project. It is intended to culminate in a colloquium where candidates get to present the results of their project. Each cycle of the Executive Development will run for a total of five (5) months with two periodic breaks.

Key Learning Areas

          The ED program cycle consists of residential training modules organized into four Key Learning Areas (KLAs) that enable candidates to achieve specific learning outcomes directly anchored on the six Phil-HECS competencies.

Grounding, Visioning and Global Thinking

          This KLA introduces the candidates to the Philippine Higher Education Career System as well as the current local and international context of higher education. It serves to reinforce the need for improvement and progress in the public higher education sector while also leveling expectations on the EDP and its activities, modules, and outputs.

Governance and Development

This KLA focuses on equipping candidates with the technical and administrative skills necessary to improve their SUC’s performance. It offers a reintroduction to the central functions of an HEI—instruction, research, extension, and administration—in order for participants to not only become aware and appreciate these functions, but to also rethink their institution’s role in creating positive change in their community.

Quality and Performance Excellence

          This KLA equips the candidates with the knowledge of quality standards, strategic management, and organizational change and execution, based on the principles and methodologies of the Performance Excellence Framework in Education. It covers topics on the operations, management, and leadership; enhances the eligibility candidates’ governance skills; and strengthens their resilience to negative and positive changes in their HEIs.

Personal Leadership and Innovation

          This KLA aim to instill in the candidate the will to lead and the urgency to act on pressing issues. Discussions and workshops revolve around building and implementing a vision, creative thinking, strengthening personal relationships, as well as sustaining commitment to one’s vision.

Career Management

          Phil-HECS provides support to aspiring leaders in furthering their careers in the public higher education sector. This is done through schemes for eligibility, appointment, performance tracking, and career mapping. Career achievements are recorded in individual profiles in the Phil-HECS database, which provides both the HEE and the system with the necessary information to facilitate career advancement.