Level III degree programs revisited by AACCUP for Level IV Phase I assessment

By upao - Posted on 02 August 2017


Six degree programs of the University were revisited by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc. Only Area VII (library) of the degree programs PhD Horticulture, PhD Rural Development, MS Soil Science, MS Rural Development and BS in Nutrition and Dietetics were evaluated while the degree BS Applied Statistics was reviewed in all areas.

AACCUP accredits degree programs in ten areas which include: mission, goals and objectives; faculty; curriculum and instruction; students; research; extension and community involvement; library; physical facilities; laboratories; and administration. The purpose of the revisit is to see whether the recommendations of the previous accreditors along the ten areas have been addressed so that the degree programs being accredited can be elevated to Level IV Phase I.

The AACCUP team was composed of Dr. Nelia V. Aman from the University of Northern Philippines; Dr. Delia V. Eisma of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Dr. Anita G. David of Pampanga State Agricultural University, and Prof. Zoraida E. Bartolome of Central Luzon State University.

It can be recalled that the five degree programs being revisited for Area VII were last evaluated by AACCUP in August 2015 resulting to their current Level III Re-accredited (on-going assessment for Level IV Phase I) status. The degree BS Applied Statistics is also the first degree program to attain Level III accreditation status in 2007. According to the AACCUP official website (http://www.aaccupqa.org.ph/), accreditation is viewed 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 confirm that it substantially achieves its objectives, and is generally equal in quality to comparable institutions.

The accreditation culminated in an Exit Conference and Closing Program on July 28, 2017 at the Administration Conference Room. Said program was attended by University Officials, local counterparts and members of the Administrative Council.

In the exit conference, the accreditors, Dr. Nelia V. Aman, Dr. Anita G. David and Dr. Delia V. Eisman presented the strengths and recommendations of the ten areas for revisit for Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics.

Among the strengths include regular and widely disseminated Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives (VMGO), presence of a peer- reviewed, CHED Accredited research journal, international dissemination of research outputs, complementary extension programs, competent faculty, payment of overload to faculty, presence of a Citizen’s Charter and an observed Non-Smoking culture.

Recommendations include translation of VMGO to Ilokano, designing of a scheme for more faculty researchers, extension to other sectors, development of a faculty manual, provision of a laboratory, production of a yearbook and fast tracking of the BSU Code.

On the other hand, Prof. Zoraida E. Bartolome presented the strengths and recommendation for Area VII- Library for Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, PhD Horticulture, PhD Rural Development, MS Soil Science and MS Rural Development.

Bartolome commended the “transformation” of the library with its digital repositories and competent librarians. She recommends to revisit the organizational structure of the unit.

During the closing program, Dr. Feliciano G. Calora, Jr., University President expressed the University’s commitment to address the recommendations with proper procedures in the Councils for the Board of Regents’ approval.

Accreditation for other degree programs is set in September and November. //JSTabangcura and KSPanolong