By upao - Posted on 08 November 2016

BSU officials, faculty and staff with the AACCUP accreditors during the exit conference and closing program of the survey visit on November 7, 2016 at the Gladiola Center.//JST´╗┐

Benguet State University (BSU) officially started the accreditation survey by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. on November 7 during the opening program at the Administration Conference Room.

The said accreditors were headed by Dr. Manuel T. Corpus, executive director of AACCUP. Coming from the different state universities and colleges (SUCs) of the country, they evaluated seven degree programs of BSU for Level IV Phase II.

The accreditation team was divided into three clusters. The first cluster was assigned on two undergraduate programs of the College of Teacher Education namely Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEE) and Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSE). Dr. Helen S. de los Santos of the Philippine Normal University (PNU) led the evaluation of the BEE program while Dr. Nenita L. Prado of Central Mindanao University (CMU) led the accreditation survey of the BSE program.

On the other hand, the accreditors composing the 2nd and 3rd clusters evaluated the graduate programs of the College of Agriculture (CA). The 2nd cluster headed by Dr. Namerod F. Mateo of the University of Rizal System (URS) evaluated Master of Science in Agronomy while Dr. Maria Teresa S.J. Valdez of Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) was assigned for Master of Science in Animal Science.

Moreover, the 3rd cluster assessed Master of Science in Entomology, Master of Science in Horticulture and Master of Science in Plant Pathology. Dr. Agnes C. Rinon of CMU, Dr. Ester L. Mercado of TAU, and Dr. Jonar I. Yago of Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU) served as lead evaluators of the said programs, respectively.

Prado stressed criteria on passing Level 4

Prado emphasized during the general orientation the standards that the university has to meet in order to be qualified for Level IV Phase II.

Basing from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) standards for State Universities and Colleges (SUC) leveling, the university should meet the criteria on attaining excellent outcomes on research, teaching and learning, community service, evidence of international linkages and consortia and well-developed planning processes.

Prado further mentioned that SUC programs which qualify for the Level IV status are considered as highly-respected.

Presently, BSU is recognized as a Level IV Higher Education Institution by CHED.

This level certifies that BSU has been excelling in the execution of its four-fold functions as an SUC, namely, instruction, research, production and extension.//S.Copez, C.De Guzman, D.J.Macwes