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Dr. Angel C. Alcala, the President of the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA) exemplified in his keynote address during the Opening Program of the 30th AACCUP Annual National Conference, held at the Grand Ballroom of the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila on February 15-17, 2017, that the greatest challenge among SUCs is to keep improving the quality of education. There are several ways to do this such as: achieving more significant results or outcomes in teaching, research extension and development projects, and involving in other activities such as making innovations, and publications of research findings, networking with well-known foreign and ASEAN universities through CHED, through the assistance of  British Universities thereby improving and enriching the academic programs, and continuously focus on internationalizing all the activities and practices to make them at par with big national and international universities.

Two education and quality assurance magnates— none other than the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) President, Prof. Dr. Jianxin Zhang; and the CHED Commissioner Dr. J. Prospero “Popoy” De Vera have tremendously inspired the participants at Day 1 of the 30th AACCUP Annual National Conference.

 

Dr. De Vera congratulated AACCUP for continuously rising to meet “access and quality” among SUCs through its continued and strengthened accreditation processes. Dr. De Vera further mentioned that “SUCs must start working together, particularly led by the bigger SUCs bringing every other smaller SUC in going up, not only in the field of accreditation but even in all other concerns”.

As early as 6.30 in the morning, some participants were already flocking in at the registration area of Century Park Hotel during Day 1 of the 30th Annual National Conference. An estimated total of more than 400 participants are expected to arrive during this year’s annual national conference, which includes the presence of the University Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Quality Assurance Officers, and other accreditation enthusiasts.

Aside from the expected participants, there were more walk-in participants who came in getting their chance to be accommodated for registration. In particular,

Internalizing Quality Assurance Systems in SUCs and Internationalizing the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc." was the theme in last year’s 29th Annual National Conference held at Century Park Hotel, P. Ocampo St., Malate, Metro Manila on February 17-19, 2016  AACCUP still  upholds the same theme this year, to emphasize its commitment of establishing a culture of quality among SUCs all over the country amidst challenges of internalization and internationalization...

During this annual gathering, five international QA experts were tapped as speakers and discussants. They were:

 

  • Dr. Angela Hou Yung-Chi, the Vice-President of APQN had an APQN hour when she talked on “Accrediting the Accreditor: The APQR and Other Concerns”;
  • Dr. Fabrizio Trifiro, the Deputy Head of the International Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education in the UK, talked on “Quality Assurance of Cross-Border Education”. 

Upon the invitation of the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG), the AACCUP Board of Trustees accepted the invitation and approved AACCUP in its application for membership under BOT Resolution No. 030, s.2016 during its meeting held last March 14, 2016.

 

As the events take place at the latter part of the year, the Executive Director set the AACCUP formal application for membership to be submitted early January 2017.

 

The CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) is a very prestigious quality assurance body with membership which is by invitation only.  It  is  a rewarding and important forum for colleges as well as international accrediting and quality assurance organizations worldwide to address issues and challenges focused on quality and quality assurance in an international setting. Specifically, this agency is designed to: 1) assist institutions and organizations in further enhancing capacity for academic quality, 2) advance understanding of international quality assurance, and 3) provide research and policy directions.

 

The biggest single index of a quality-assured academic program is its accreditation status and the commitment to sustain and upgrade it. As years pass in AACCUP accreditation history, there is generally an uptrend in the number of programs that continuously keep updating and upgrading their levels of accreditation.

 

Notwithstanding the robust response of all SUCs to accreditation, some 186 programs of the 77 out of 109 member-SUCs had lapsed accreditation status within the years 2013-2015. It means that, for a variety expiration of their validity status as determined by AACCUP.       

The increasing number of programs to be accredited coupled with the increasing number of member-SUCs provide an impetus for AACCUP to expand its office.

The QA Specialists Room

With the newly-finished renovation, the Quality Assurance Specialists moved to the new office (4-LM), located just opposite the existing office at Future Point Plaza III, Panay Avenue, Quezon City. Indeed, the new ambience in this office hopes to provide a new work atmosphere for the QA specialists for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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