What Is Happening with PAM?
What Is Happening with PAM?
  • Reporter Kim Su-min
  • 승인 2018.12.12 13:35
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Prof. Jeon having the Q&A session


PAM, an abbreviation for Postechian Activity Mileage, is the system for encouraging students to actively engage in Postechian Activities. Postechian Activity represents meaningful experiences that are planned to improve students’ competence during their university life, including student activities, volunteer work, reading activities, culture and art activities, and other extracurricular activities. The plan for the PAM system was disclosed on Feb. 20 through the POVIS Announcements board, and the guidebook for PAM was uploaded on Sep. 5 by the Innovation Center for Education (ICE). There were some disputes concerning the introduction of the PAM system. Some students complained about the lack of communication, others complained about the difficulty of earning mileage equivalent to one unit – different activity system requires students to fulfill seven units to graduate, and a few students complained about the short time period before its enforcement. On Oct. 31, a Postechian started the joint signature exercise to open a Student Council, and 100 students agreed on the first day. At the Student Council on Nov. 11, it was decided to require the university authorities to supplement the PAM system and ICE held a public hearing on Nov. 28. 
Jeon Sang-min, the Dean of ICE, was the host of the public hearing and Dr. Kim Gyoung-seon (ICE) explained the details of the PAM system, including its recent changes. About 25 students participated in the public hearing and some gave their opinions during the Q&A session. Prof. Jeon said that the purpose of the PAM system is to nurture  Postechians who have knowledge and wisdom, which are exceptional qualities at POSTECH. According to him, the event was to elicit ideas from students, for example, ways to improve PAM and attract voluntary student participation.
Dr. Kim explained the revised plan of  PAM.  One change is that 300 PAM would be exchanged into one unit irrespective of the categories of PAM, which was earned after Feb. 28. He also gave supplementary explanations regarding the points that students complained about. The upper limit of each category in the guidebook is not for just one category, but for one specific activity in the category. Concerning the complaints about unfair amounts of PAM, she said, “We set higher PAM to experiences that have greater impacts on students’ growth and development.” She also said that ICE is planning to open programs equivalent to 300 PAM for students who entered Postech before 2017. Lastly, she introduced the website for the PAM system (pams.postech.ac.kr), which is a demo version only. It will be open one month before the start of next semester. On the website, students can manage their PAM, be issued certificates of activities, and share the outcomes of their activities. 
During the Q&A session, leaders of student organizations and general students offered opinions, and were asked what they think is unfair about the system. When asked to acknowledge multiple activities in several student organizations, Prof. Jeon answered that if there are no significant side effects, they will consider it assuredly. Prof. Jeon also promised to share the results from the discussions in December. When the leader of the Student Club Union asked about the fairness regarding the amounts of PAM among activities, Prof. Jeon answered, “Unfortunately, it would be difficult to get a fair one with 100% equity in PAM. There can be some benefits and some losses. If there is a better alternative to that, or a way to give a student who worked hard the proper amounts of PAM, it would be great, but it is really difficult.” When asked to share detailed information at the right time, Prof. Jeon answered that they were planning to open the website earlier and solicit opinions, however, as the opening of the website has been delayed, they could not communicate efficiently.