By BSU UPAO - Posted on 18 September 2017

High hopes for Benguet State University (BSU) as the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) team revisited areas for accreditation for the degree programs namely, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Bachelor of Science in Home Economics (BSHE), and Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness (BSAB) on September 11 - 15.

The AACCUP overall coordinator is headed by Dr. Jo A. Espiritu from the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University. The AACCUP accreditors consist of three teams; Dr. Cristina R. Salvosa is the Team Leader that reviewed the BSAB program. She is accompanied by Dr. Marina R. Sabado and Dr. Florie B. Gapido. Dr. Jo A. Espiritu is the Team Leader that reviewed the BSHE. She is accompanied by Dr. Esmen M. Cabal while Dr. Liberty G. Torres alone reviewed the DVM program.

The three degree programs were accredited for Level IV Phase 1.

According to BSU President Feliciano G. Calora Jr., the accreditation is set to determine the quality of education in the respective degree programs and the specific areas.

For DVM, the accreditor revisited Area II (Faculty) and Area V in Research. In BSHE, the accreditors revisited Area II (Faculty), Area V (Research), Area VIII (Physical Plant and Facilities), and Area IX (Laboratory). For BSAB, the accreditors revisited Area III (Curriculum and Instruction), Area V (Research), Area VI (Extension and Community Involvement), Area IX (Laboratory), and Area X (Administration).

“Accreditation points out not only our strengths, but also our weaknesses and lapses of our academic entities,” expressed Dr. Espiritu in her short message. “Let us not say that [our] friendship ends when accreditation begins,” she mused adding that despite any results from the AACCUP, both the accrediting team and the respective degree programs should cater sincerity and truthfulness in the course of the week.

Exit conference highlights and closing program

After five days of accreditation, the accreditors together with the concerned deans and faculty members gathered for the Exit conference and closing program at the Administrative Conference Room (AdCoR) on September 15.

“We haven’t seen anyone from the University, big or small, who was not into making the University better, performing better,” expressed Dr. Espiritu as she stated her observations on BSU.

Among the observations is highlighting BSAB’s support to student’s participation in global undergraduate exchange programs and in sending a finalist for the 2016 Top Outstanding Students of the Philippines. It is recommended however that researches, laboratories, and strategic plans for the degree be upgraded and be packaged for future presentations.

The DVM program is also praised for its researches in being a part of the local, national, and global fora. It is recommended however that other specialized fields such as anatomy, microbiology, parasitology, pharmacology, pathology, and medicine and surgery should also be considered for the faculty to venture upon.

The accreditors commended the BSHE program for abiding by the intellectual rights policies in terms of research. They also commended the updated regular inventory of materials and equipment in the laboratories which is jointly undertaken by faculty and students. It is recommended however that an upgrade of materials, entries of data, and research is provided. Possible partnerships with Technology Business Incubators (TBI), root crops centers, and projects are also recommended by the accreditors.

After the Exit program, the closing program ensued with the giving of certificates and tokens to the accreditors.

“We are also in the process of making our advocacies for quality education functional,” concluded BSU President Feliciano Calora Jr. stating that the university

BSU will be expecting the results of the accreditation within the year as soon as it is deliberated and approved by the AACCUP Board of Regents.//MDPenchog