Twelve programs of the University were survey visited by AACCUP (Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc.) accreditors by virtual means on November 23-27, 2020 amidst the CoVID-19 Pandemic.
The programs that underwent accreditation are Bachelor of Public Administration (Preliminary Survey Visit), MS Agricultural Economics (Level IV Phase 1 Revisit), BS Development Communication (Level III Phase 1), MA Education (Level III Phase 1), MA Guidance (Level III Phase 1), MA English as a Second Language (Level III Phase 1), MA Filipino (Level III Phase 1), MA Chemistry (Level III Phase 1), MA Social Studies (Level III Phase 1), Ph.D. Language (Level III Phase 1), and Ph.D. Agronomy (Level III Phase 1).
The 12 programs were assessed in the following areas: mission, goals, and objectives; faculty; curriculum and instruction; students; research; extension and community involvement; library; physical facilities; laboratories; and administration. During the closing program, AACCUP accreditors commended the local task force for the success of the five-day online accreditation.
“BSU is really the epitome of resilience amidst the CoVID-19 Pandemic [because] you accepted the challenge of online accreditation,” said Dr. Fatima F. Rocamora of the University of Northern Philippines, team leader accreditor for MA Social Studies.
Dr. Rocamora further appreciated the organization of the files uploaded in Google Drive and how user-friendly the system is.
As a rejoinder, Dr.Aireen Jane L. Martorillas of Northern Negros State College of Science and Technology and accreditor for MA ESL said that they never had difficulty looking for details of the documents because the program coordinators were responsive and prompt in their dealings.
“It’s a great feeling when we hear praises and recognition but what’s greater is that we ended this activity with the realization that each member of the team is valuable. Good relationships in every endeavor seem to be a small matter but it means the most. Despite the challenging quest, the shortest complete sentence in the English language consists of one word, ‘go.’ Go for a higher-level accreditation. Go and embrace change. Go and win the quality of life that you and BSU deserve.” Dr. Martorillas expressed.
In response, Dr. Kenneth A. Laruan, Vice President for Academic Affairs said that accreditation is everyone’s responsibility.
“We have to maintain our strengths while on the other hand we have to come together and discuss, and identify the means and solutions to areas that need improvement.” Dr. Laruan asserted.
Dr. Grace D. Quijano, head of the AACCUP and CHED Accreditation Division-OQAA, in her closing remarks, said that accreditation is part of the University’s quality journey.
“Let us examine the good things that we learned during the accreditation period, after all, the success of this accreditation is not on how we provided the documents required but rather on how we put into action the lessons we’ve learned. Such concerted efforts show that indeed, quality is a shared responsibility and at the same time a shared commitment.” Dr. Quijano expressed.