By BSU UPAO - Posted on 12 October 2017

Five degree programs namely, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, Master of Science in Horticulture, Master of Science in Rural Development, PhD in Horticulture, and PhD in Rural Development were qualified for Level IV Phase 2 after the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) survey visit conducted last July 24-28, 2017.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics (BSAS) however, was given until July 2021 to prepare for the revisit of Areas namely, Vision Mission and Goals (Area 1); Faculty (Area II); Support to Students (Area IV); Research (Area V); Extension and Community Involvement (Area VI); Facilities and Physical Plant (Area VIII); Laboratory (Area IX); and Administration (Area X). Curriculum and Instruction (Area III) and Library (Area VII) both passed the evaluation.

According to Dr. Aurea Marie M. Sandoval, Director of the Office of Quality Assurance and Accreditation (OQAA), there are two Phases that a degree program must undergo to finally achieve the Level IV accreditation status. She also said that attaining Level IV means that the program is well-matched to international standards.

“Level IV accreditation status means that our programs are at par with Universities abroad,” expressed Dr. Sandoval.

According to the Summary of Ratings given by the AACCUP, the five degree programs must prepare for Level IV Phase 2 to qualify them for the Level IV accreditation status. Dr. Sandoval said that to meet this status, the program coordinators must prepare for a presentation of five mandatory areas to be evaluated namely: Research, Extension, Curriculum, Planning and Development, and Linkages.//MDPenchog