Editorial Research
UCRD Spearheaded Research Proposal Preparation Training
The University Center for Research and Development conducted a two day hands-on training to equip participants with basic knowledge and skills in the development and writing research proposals last August 30-31, 2012 at the Accreditation Room. “Without a culture of research, the institution may lose its university status,” Ma. Liza S. Nicolas, NWU President, emphasized on her welcome address.
NWU Joins Province in Celebrating Environment Month
The university celebrated the Environment Month with an eco-walk and tree planting activity on June 18 and 25. An eco-walk from San Nicolas to Laoag City for ecological awareness, as initiated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), was held on June 18.
Towards the Development of a Wholesome Research Culture
Higher education institutions have a trifold function: instruction, research and extension. The observation that research is quite taken for granted in the HEIs also holds true at NWU. However, with intervention measures spearheaded by the UCRD, it is hoped that the research culture of NWU staff and faculty and its studentry will evolve into something that can give the institution a better cutting edge and its people more refined research skills and attitudes, thus more research productivity.

Research related experiences with faculty and students are sometimes depressing but this is where the challenge lies. With three big on-going researches namely: Graduate Tracer Study of NWU Programs, 2004-2008, Curricular Assessment of NWU Degree Programs and Matching Teaching Styles of Instructors to Learning Styles of Students: Its Relation to Academic Performance of Students at NWU, it is hoped that the faculty researchers involved will do their roles so the three studies can be completed. The findings of these researches can greatly help NWU in its quest for excellence.
Welcome back to our beloved University!

For implementation this school year, the RCEIAD embarked on the promulgation of additional policies and procedures to achieve better results in the pursuit of its vision. The vision is for the development of a strong research, extension, and agro-enterprise capability complementing our curricular offerings for improved teaching-learning process, and the development of more efficient technologies for improved productivity and sustainability.

First, a proposed standard guideline for the processing of undergraduate thesis was made and has been subjected to the scrutiny of all the deans and directors of the academe and ready for final review before it is submitted to the President for approval. When approved, this will give a clear procedure of processing a thesis, from proposal to the final manuscript. All undergraduate theses in the university will also have the same format.

The graduate thesis process is next to be tackled shortly. This will also standardize the process and format for all graduate theses.

Conducting theses and academic researches require a thorough knowledge about statistical design and analysis. This is one of the weaknesses of faculty members and students who would like to do a research. To remedy the problem, the University Statistics Center was proposed and now almost ready for the President's approval.Students who are ready to do a thesis shall contact the Statistics Center for the assignment of a statistician and a statistical analyst to help him/her in the preparation of his/her thesis proposal, particularly on the methodology and research design. The services of the statistician and analyst will cover the preparation of thesis proposal up to the preparation of the final manuscript.

Looking for a research problem is also one of the most difficult phases of making a research. Once a problem has been identified, what follows will be routine exercise.
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