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The present Cebu Normal University was originally a Cebu Normal School, which started as a secondary normal school in 1915 as an adjunct to Cebu Provincial High School, offering a two-year secondary curriculum for its third and fourth year students.
In June 1924, it opened its doors as a secondary normal school, offering the four-year secondary normal curriculum until 1935.
The four-year secondary normal curriculum was changed to two-year college curriculum in June 1936 until 1941 when the World War II broke out.
In 1946, it adopted a two-year general curriculum which was changed into a four year Elementary Teacher Education Curriculum in 1952.
In 1954 the Bachelor of Science in Education was introduced, authorized under R.A. 975 and in 1959 the Four-Year General Elementary Teacher Education Curriculum (BSEED).
In 1960, Cebu Normal School opened its Graduate Studies in conformity with R.A. 975.
In 1967, Cebu Normal School gained college status under the name Cebu Normal College by virtue of R.A. 5128 and BPS Memo. No. 79, s. 1967.
On June 14, 1976, P.D. 944 converted Cebu Normal College into a chartered State College . Its charter authorized the college to offer courses other than education and also offer advance degrees namely: Doctor of Education, Doctor of Public Administration and other academic programs relevant to the training of teachers, administrators and employees of public and private entities.
On June 27, 1998, Cebu State College was converted into Cebu Normal University by virtue of R.A. 8688.
The Cebu Normal University, a state institution of academic tradition, strives to uphold the ethic of excellence in instruction, research, extension and production in the undergraduate and advanced professional studies for development vital to globalization.
UNIVERSITY GOAL & OBJECTIVES
The Cebu Normal University in extolling academic excellence as its major thrust in the academe, shares with other state institutions of higher learning its fundamental four-fold function. These basic functions are carried out through the following objectives.
1. To provide a well-rounded liberal education characterized by a functional knowledge of language, the arts, the natural and social sciences for regional, national development and international understanding. 2. To provide an academic community that affords optimum learning opportunities in the development of skills fundamental to the practice of professions; 3. To promote constructive, dynamic, innovative leadership programs through varied and meaningful institutions and community activities essential to the optimum development of the personality; 4. To turn over quality graduates who will carry on the tradition of dedicated service and academic excellence.
B. Planning and Research
1. To develop among the constituents research capabilities and potentials vital to institutional development; 2. To undertake research programs, projects along institutional needs and problems, technological challenges and government thrusts; 3. To utilize research-based information for the improvement of institutional plans, programs and projects.
C. Community Extension Services
1. To evolve extension plans and programs along areas that would contribute to the well being of the people in the service area two. To develop numeracy, literacy and livelihood skills of the out-of-school that is essential to the economy of the Region: 3. To collaborate with other socio-civic agencies in the development of depressed communities along literacy and occupational skills.
STUDENT WELFARE SERVICES
a. Functional Libraries b. Guidance and Counseling Services c. Food Services d. Religious Services - Campus e. Ministry f. General Services g. Internet Services h. Psychological Testing Services i. Research Consultancy Services For Students j. Hands-On Exposure in Community Development k. Student Consultancy Services From the PROBE l. Museum m.Dormitory