Friday, January 25, 2008

AACCUP Leaves KASC With Positive Impressions

The accreditation season for a number of degree programs wrapped up last January 18. A team from the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) arrived last January 15 to scrutinize, inspect and evaluate the present standing of the following programs: Bachelor of Secondary Education, Bachelor of Elementary Education, Bachelor of Arts in History, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master in Public Administration, Master of Arts in Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Development Education.

Three days of in-depth and thorough assessment by the team were summed up in their reports – portions of which were shared with the KASC community during the exit conference and closing program on the 18th – thereby providing KASC with a glimpse into its capacity to address the recommendations listed down by the accreditation rounds in 2006.

Gilbert Arce of the University of Northern Philippines headed the accrediting team for the Secondary Education program, while Marcelina de Guzman of the Nueva Vizcaya State University and Estrella Perez headed the teams for the Elementary Education and AB courses respectively.

For the graduate degree programs, Salvador Eder of UNP led the team for the PH.D. Development Education program, Dr. Nenita Magno of Isabela State University for the MAED program, and Ronnie M. Parica of the University of Rizal System.

“We would like to re-iterate that we are here to help you,” Dr. Arce said during the exit conference. “and that our findings shall reflect the present status which the school has laboriously attained since the last accreditation round.”

Mariano J. Guillermo was the Overall Coordinator, while Dr. Manuel T. Corpus served as the Survey Consultant for the just-concluded KASC task. A distinguished educational leader, he was once President of the Cagayan State University, the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, and the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC) .

On a related note, Vice President for Academic Affairs Carmelita Ayang-ang and Hazel Buslig, AACCUP accreditors, are also slated to be part of the AACCUP teams to be sent to Philippine Normal University – Alicia Campus this last week of January.

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