AACCUP team surveys 17 BSU degree programs

By BSU UPAO - Posted on 08 September 2015

The AACCUP survey team warmly welcomed at the BSU welcome mural together with BSU Officials.//OQAA

Seventeen degree programs of BSU were surveyed and visited by members of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) on August 25-29, 2015.

The five-day stay of AACCUP accreditors in the University was highlighted by the Opening Ceremonies on August 25 attended by BSU officials, faculty, and staff led by President Ben D. Ladilad and the 39 AACCUP accreditors led by the Overall Coordinator, Dr. Manuel T. Corpus, who emphasized that accreditation is not excellence but a system of steps towards excellence.

AACCUP defines accreditation as a process by which an institution at the tertiary level evaluates its educational activities, in whole or in part, and seeks an independent judgment to validate that it substantiallyA achieves its objectives, and is generally equal in quality to comparable institutions. Accreditation, despite being a very rigorous and stressful process specially during the preparation period, benefits the University by serving as a rational basis for budgetary requests; for normative financing; for the selection of Center of Excellence (COEs) and Center of Development (CODs); for SUCs leveling; for the conversion of a college to a university; for assessing the appointment/transfer of a SUC President; and for matching-fund schemes where requirements for accreditation are matched with funds from CHED. Likewise, accreditation lends prestige to member institutions, justified by the possession of quality standards and unremitting efforts to maintain them at high level; help parents to know which program they may advise their children for quality education; make all those engaged in education aware of standards of excellence which they should strive to attain; make possible for those proposing funding and those who are to fund, to know what to support and how much support is needed; and make possible for an evaluated program to know its strength and weaknesses, and in what aspects it needs to develop.

Accreditation has also been used as a criterion in administrative decision-making in a variety of ways: applicants for teaching in the Department of Education (DepEd) who are graduates of accredited programs are granted credit points; used as a criterion in the leveling of State Universities and Colleges (SUCs); used as a criterion in the selection of schools for foreign students; some agencies consult AACCUP about the accreditation status of colleges and universities attended by their employees for purposes of promotion; and sometimes foreign universities consult AACCUP regarding the accreditation status of programs attended by Filipino students seeking admission. (http://www.aaccupqa.org.ph/)

To ease the days, which were laden with heavy loads, a Fellowship Night was organized on August 26 with the theme, “A Taste of Cordillera Culture through Dances and Music” featuring the BSU Highland Cultural Dance Troupe and Rondalla.

Programs subjected for accreditation were the following degree programs:

Level II

• Doctor of Philosophy in Agronomy

• Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management

• Doctor of Philosophy in Language Education

• Master of Arts in Chemistry

• Master of Arts in English as a Second Language

• Master of Arts in Filipino

• Master of Arts in Guidance

• Master of Arts in Social Studies

• Master of Arts in Education(Major in: Educational Administration & Supervision and Elementary Education)

• Bachelor of Science in Development Communication

Level IV

• Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture

• Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Development

• Master of Science in Rural Development

• Master of Science in Soil Science

• Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics

• Bachelor of Science in Nursing

• Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

The accreditation team was lead by Dr. Manuel T. Corpus, AACCUP Executive Director, together with Dr. Nilo E. Colinares and Dr. Manuel K. Palomar, over-all Coordinators for the two levels, At the Exit Conference, Dr. Colinares commended all those involved in the accreditation for a successful preparation. He added that this is the highest number of degree programs submitted for accreditation. Lastly, Dr. Joel V. Lubrica, Director of the Office for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, expressed his gratitude for the cooperation of everyone.//JSTabangcura&JDDapidap