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AACCUP has accredited a consolidated total of 600 programs across 72 chartered Colleges and Universities from January to August 2018. Of these, 492 have been granted accreditation status. The rest still need the approval of the Board of Trustees and NNQAA. These were awarded the corresponding accreditation status of candidate, accredited, and re-accredited with levels.

Bulacan State University on the other hand has been granted Level II Institutional Accreditation.

INSTITUTION(S) AND PROGRAMS GRANTED ACCREDITATION STATUS

BY LEVELS AS OF JULY 2018

Status/Level Number Percentage (%)
INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION
  • Level II Institutionally Accredited
1 100%
PROGRAM ACCREDITATION
  • Candidate
166 33.8
  • Level I Accredited
97 19.8
  • Level II Re-Accredited
165 33.5
  • Level III Re-Accredited
61 12.3
  • Level IV Re-Accredited
3 .6
Total 492 100%

The Normal Lights, an International Publication Research of Philippine Normal University, recently published in its Volume II, No. 2, December 2017 issue the research conducted by Dr. Maria Glenda O. De Lara, a Board of Trustee and Treasurer of AACCUP, entitled “Outcomes-Based Program Quality Assurance Accreditation Survey Instrument: Its Development and Validation.” AACCUP provided technical assistance for the conduct of such research to Dr. De Lara. It was also awarded a Certificate of International Research Publication by the Philippine Normal University.

The development of the AACCUP outcomes-based quality assurance instruments which use both quantitative and qualitative approaches was made possible through a funding given by CHED to AACCUP.

Dr. De Lara’s research paved the way for the determination of the areas in the AACCUP-OBQA instruments that need improvement and revision. Thus, from the original 700 benchmark statements, the number of indicators was reduced to 672. In the research, all 672 identified benchmark statements passed both content validation and reliability test.

The Tarlac State University (TSU) and the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University (DMMMSU) are the recent addition to the list of SUCs granted by AACCUP to conduct their own Preliminary Survey Visit. This authority is pursuant to Board of Trustees Resolution No.42, s. 2016 which stipulated the adoption of a new policy on program accreditation, where qualified SUCs are granted the authority to conduct the Preliminary Survey Visit (PSV) of their curricular programs. In 2016, the first two SUCs which enjoyed this privilege were the Visayas State University (VSU) and West Visayas State University (WVSU).

The following are among the qualifications that a SUC must satisfy to be able to be granted the authority:

 

  1. SUCs must have a viable Internal Accreditation Body officially created as a unit in the organizational structure, with definite staff, financial resources, and strong governance and management support;
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  3. SUCs must have a relatively long experience and substantial achievement in accreditation as indicated in the possession of either being Institutionally-Accredited, having at least 10% of level IV Re-accredited programs, or having at least 30% of Level III Re-accredited programs;
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  5. SUCs take the following steps:
    • Interested SUC submits application to AACCUP;
    • AACCUP determines qualification of the SUC and if the SUC qualifies, AACCUP enters into a MOA with the qualified SUC
    • SUCs then train the Staff of their IQA bodies
    • SUCs may conduct the PSV, upon approval of AACCUP, following the standard AACCUP instrument for PSV and forms. All reports are then duly submitted to AACCUP for technical review and confirmation
    • If the reports are found viable and accurate, AACCUP grants with NNQAA the candidate status of the program and includes it in the list of assessed programs.

 

Upon receipt of AACCUP’s certification of “Candidate” status, the SUC may claim and consider the result official. The validity period determines the application for the First Formal visit.

The AACCUP has adopted as one of its major thrusts the internationalization of its program of accreditation. It actively promotes its links and partnerships with major quality assurance agencies.

AACCUP is a member of the major largest regional associations, namely the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (INQAAHE), the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN), and of late, an Associate Member of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN). It is also an affiliate member of the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG).

AACCUP treasures its links with these international bodies because it seeks to maintain global standards and best practices. AACCUP Accreditation is current.

Early this year in February, AACCUP delegates Dr. Maria Glenda O. De Lara, Dr. Riceli C. Mendoza attended the yearly programs of CHEA. Dr. Mendoza and Dr. De Lara have presented papers in these Conferences. The APQN Annual Academic Conference and the Annual General Assembly was held this year in Nagpur, India attended by AACCUP President Dr. Manuel T. Corpus who is also a Member of the APQN Board, and Dr. Consorcio S. Namoco, Jr. of USTSP. In this Confrence, Dr. Corpus and Dr. Namoco conceptualized the program of on-line accreditation which is now being developed with benchmarking in Indonesia and Taipei.

Over the years, there has been a steady increase in the number of programs assessed by AACCUP.  This year, AACCUP has accredited a consolidated total of one thousand three hundred eighty (1,380) programs across one hundred eight (108) Chartered Colleges and Universities.

The Philippines was ably represented by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) through its President, Dr. Myrna Q. Mallari, in the 2017 Global Summit of the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan (HEEACT) and the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) on September 21-22, 2017 at 801 Conference Hall, Chang Yung-Fa Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan.

Compostela Valley State College (CVSC)

The newest state college of the South, the Compostela Valley State College (CVSC) of Davao de Oro has joined the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) last March 14, 2017.

Within 2017, two universities from Luzon, one university from Visayas and one university from Mindanao earned the Institutional Accreditation distinction awarded by the AACCUP through seasoned accreditors and with Dr. Manuel T. Corpus who served as the Head accreditor for Area 1, Governance and Management in all of the Institutional Accreditation visits.

Hosted by the National Centre for Public Accreditation and RANEPA, the 2017 Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN) Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held in Moscow, Russia last May 25-28, 2017.

Dr. Jianxin Zhang served as the keynote speaker and centered her discussion on the conference’s theme, “Horizons: Dissolving boundaries for a Quality Region.” Along with Dr. Zhang’s discussion, the three-day conference was composed of plenary meetings, panel discussions, parallel sessions, workshops and the APQN Quality Award Ceremony.

The said conference was attended by 114 participants from 27 countries and territories of Asia-Pacific Region. Representing the Philippines,  the AACCUP executives who attended the said event were Dr. Manuel T. Corpus, Executive Director, Dr. Myrna Q. Mallari, Chairperson and President, and Board of Trustees Members Dr. Rolando F. Hachanova, Dr. Maria Glenda O. De Lara, Prof. Ricky G. Abalena; and former AACCUP Chairman and President Dr. Luis Sorolla, Jr.

 

Newly elected Members of the AACCUP Board of Trustees for 2017-2019 pose with Members of the Committee on Elections and some members of the Outgoing Board of Trustees 2015-2017.

After listening to the well-delivered and substantial report of the outgoing AACCUP President-Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr., in the second day of the 30th AACCUP Annual National Conference (AANC), Dr. Dulce F. Atian remarked that the Board of Trustees (BOTs) 2015-2017  has done a commendable job and that the President’s Report is indeed laudable. On motion by a participant, duly seconded by Dr. Samson L. Molao, the President’s report was accepted. However, there was a suggestion from the floor to include the pictorials in the report, per region.