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AACCUP survey visit set on April 23-25
The Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc (AACCUP) will evaluate on April 23 - 25, 2012 six curricular programs of Catanduanes State Colleges, five of which are at the Main Campus and one at Panganiban Campus.
At the CSC Main Campus, the program to be evaluated are MAED-Math, MA-English, MAT- Biology, BS Office Administration, and BS Entrepreneurship while at the Panganiban Campus, the program to be assessed is BS in Elementary Education.
Four AACCUP evaluators will conduct the preliminary survey visit. They will determine the degree of readiness of the six programs for an appropriate accreditation level.
President Morales enjoins the CSC Community to give their full support and cooperation to this undertaking.
Moreover, all VPs, deans, directors, chiefs of offices, chairpersons, principal, task force members and the teaching staff of the colleges to be evaluated, are required to attend the Opening and Orientation Program on April 23 and the Exit/Closing Program on April 25, 2012.
CSC has already 19 accredited programs. AB Economics, AB Political Science, Bachelor in Elementary Education, Bachelor in Secondary Education, BS in Industrial Technology, BS in Nursing, Master of Arts in Education and Master in Public Administration are Level III accredited
With Level II Reaccredited status are BS in Nutrition and Dietetics, BS in Accountancy and the BS in Business Administration programs. They are also scheduled for Level III evaluation this year.
Moreover, the BS in Biology and BS in Mathematics are ‘Level I Accredited’ while the Doctor of Education, Master in Business Administration, AB in Public Administration, BS in Agriculture, BS in Civil Engineering and BS Information Management are Candidate Status or gearing up for Level I accreditation.
According to AACCUP, accreditation is 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.
Aside from being program-focused, accreditation is based on standards of the accrediting agency, which are normally higher than those set by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and other appropriate agencies, like the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
Accreditation is voluntary on the part of the higher education institution that may want to be accredited. The evaluation is undertaken by peers, which are the external accreditors who are mostly faculty members from other higher education institutions.
Programs that have passed the AACCUP standards, and are awarded accreditation status.
As a benefit, being accredited lends prestige to member institutions, justified by the possession of quality standards and unremitting efforts to maintain them at high level. It also helps parents to know which program they may send their children to for quality education.
It also make all those engaged in education aware of standards of excellence which they should strive to attain, and make possible for those proposing funding and those who are to fund, to know what to support and how much support is needed. Evaluated programs are also given the opportunity to know its strength and weaknesses, and in what aspects it needs to develop.
AACCUP further adds that accreditation has also been used as a criterion in administrative decision-making in a variety of ways such as applicants for teaching in the Department of Education (DepEd) who are graduates of accredited programs are granted credit points. The school’s accredited status is also used as a criterion in the leveling of State Universities and Colleges. (GSRubio/PR and Information Services)