The Board of Trustees’ Resolution No. 42, s.2016, stipulated the adoption of a new policy on program accreditation. This policy is the heart and soul of the “Internalization of the Quality Assurance System” (IQAS) among State Colleges and Universities, whereby qualified SUCs are granted the authority to conduct the Preliminary Survey Visit (PSV) of their respective curricular programs. Qualified SUCs are empowered in maintaining and assuring the quality of academic programs within their respective institutions. This was disseminated through a memorandum, dated July 21, 2016, calling the qualified SUCs to apply for the authority from AACCUP to conduct PSV. Among the qualifications are the following:
- SUCs must have a viable Internal Accreditation Body officially created as a Unit in the Organizational Structure, with definite staff, financial resources, and governance and management support;
- 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, and having at least 30% of Level III Re-accredited programs;
- SUCs are to follow the following procedure:
- Interested SUC submits application to AACCUP,
- AACCUP determines qualification of the SUC and if the SUC qualifies, AACCUP enters into MOA with the qualified SUC,
- SUCs then train the staff of the IQA bodies,
- SUCs may conduct the PSV, upon approval of AACCUP, following the standard AACCUP instrument and forms after which reports are then duly submitted to AACCUP for technical review and confirmation,
- If AACCUP finds the report viable and accurate, AACCUP certifies the candidate status of the program and include it in the list of assessed programs.
- Upon receipt of AACCUP’s certification of “Candidate” status, the SUC may claim and may then consider the result official, the validity of which determines the application for the SUC’s application for the First Formal Visit.