BSU campuses triumph accreditation, opts for Level 1

By upao - Posted on 15 March 2018


Five programs of Benguet State University and its campuses have achieved a candidate status during the preliminary survey visit of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) on March 6-9, 2018.

The programs can now be applied for Level 1 accreditation within six months to two years dependent on the numerical evaluation.
The programs accredited included Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management (BSHRM) and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) in BSU –La Trinidad Campus; Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEE), Bachelor of Science in Industrial Education (BSIE), and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT) in BSU – Bokod Campus; Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEE) and Bachelor in Secondary Education in BSU – Buguias Campus.

AACUP accreditors include Dr. Nilo E. Colinares as the overall coordinator, Dr. Leoncio M. Matibag, Dr. Ronnie Boy V. Blas and Prof. Oscar C. Anoling.

The opening program for the accreditation was held on March 6 at BSU- La Trinidad Campus. The introduction of the university officials, local accreditation task forces, and AACCUP accreditors took place.

“Benguet State University is one of the SUCs which has the highest standards in the country. The evidence is the number of programs accredited already in BSU,” said Colinares.

Colinares and Matibag presented the strengths and recommendations for the programs BSHRM and MLIS during the exit conference on March 7.

The rooms for improvement include providing all relevant and updated documents, keeping all documents signed by the officials to make them legal, arranging documents chronologically, notarizing of memorandum of agreements for legal purposes, renewing all professional licenses at least a month before its expiration and documenting activities, and conducting of research of more than one faculty.

Campuses accredited for the first time

For the first time since its integration to BSU in 2001, AACCUP surveyed BSU Buguias and Bokod Campus for a preliminary survey March 6-7, 2018 and March 8, 2018, respectively.

According to Elizabeth Bay-an, Buguias Campus Executive Dean, they requested for the guidance of BSU – Main Campus and the Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (OQAA) for the preparation of this survey. They were oriented thoroughly of the preliminary survey guidelines and evaluation.
Bay-an further said that this accreditation will benefit the campus as a whole especially the students. This will help their students compete globally. She added that once the degree programs of the campus will be accredited, it would improve in the areas for the next accreditation level.

“I hope that we will pull through this so that we will push for Level 1 and so forth. Everyone is very willing to look for papers and documents. If we will somehow pass, it will be foremost benefit our students,” ended Bay-an.

The exit conference for the degrees BEE and BSE for Buguias Campus was held on March 7.

The BSU Bokod Campus also faced accreditation for the first time on March 8, 2018 to achieve a better educational environment.

“The campus needed this accreditation to improve performance and the camaraderie among us as a serving group of the campus. This accreditation not only benefits the campus but also the students,” expressed Emiliano L. Augusto, Administrative Officer IV from Bokod Campus.

He also said that Bokod Campus would be more participative after passing the survey. The accreditation initiates the development of the campus and enriches education quality.

The packaged information per area was shown to the four accreditors as they processed the progress of the campus. The strengths and recommendations were presented during the exit conference with encouraging words from the team leader accreditor.

“As of now, you are one of the most qualified to apply for institutional accreditation and you are one of those who have had the most number of accredited programs,” said Colinares.

The exit conference was also held on March 8 for the Bokod Campus. A closing program was held at the BSU – Main campus on March 9.

“The recommendations can be done within 6 months and the campus is all prepared for Level 1. Congratulations,” said Matibag as they give the results to the respective faculty and staff.

BSU Campuses and AACCUP Accreditors in the closing program

The closing program was held at the Strawberry hall on March 9, 2018. Colinares, being the over-all coordinator delivered the general impressions of the team in the presence of the concerned deans, faculty, and members of the Administrative Council.

“You made a very successful accreditation. You are all candidates for Level 1. From here on, prepare as much as you can. Make the accreditation process a daily practice and a daily experience. Do more. You are now one of the universities with the highest number of accredited programs,” expressed Colinares.

He ended his piece by thanking and challenging the University management in applying for institutional accreditation with the cooperation of all deans, directors, vice presidents and faculty members.

Dr. Kenneth A. Laruan, BSU Vice President of Academic Affairs, expressed his thanks to the accreditors for providing supportive comments and suggestions as to how to improve in preparation for the next accreditation.

Dr. Aurea Marie Sandoval, OQAA Director ended the program by thanking the accreditors for all the time, effort, assistance, suggestions, and recommendations. In addition, she congratulated everyone who helped and assisted in the process. E.Ansiong, E.Bognay, A. Pating, K.Tino (UPAO-BSDC Interns)