The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) recently granted the School of Education the certificate for Level III reaccredited status of its MA Education program. The School of Communication, School of Management, and Institute of Political Economy also received their respective certificates for the Level II reaccredited status of MA Communication, MS Management, and MA Political Economy, respectively.
According to University Registrar Humildad Claro, “This means that PACUCOA has endorsed to the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) the recommendation of the accrediting team to grant the Programs their respective statuses, having complied with the recommendations of the previous accreditation visits and the criteria for Level III.”
“Programs under Level II status enjoy the benefit of full administrative deregulation and financial deregulation in terms of setting of tuition and other fees and charges, authority to revise the curriculum without CHED approval, and to graduate students from the program without the need for Special Order or SO from CHED,” she said. “On the other hand, over and above the benefits of Level II status, Level III programs have the authority to offer new courses allied to existing Level III course, offer open learning/distance education as well as extension classes and transnational education without CHED’s approval.”
The MA Education program follows the Liberal Arts program’s Level III reaccreditation last year, which is the first in UA&P to qualify for the level.
The Chairman’s Report, which includes the official results and ratings on all areas under survey and criteria, the programs’ strengths and areas for improvement, as well as PACUCOA’s recommendations, are expected to be released within six months together with the FAAP’s certificates.
“Moved by the spirit of Unitas, the University continues to blaze the trail to achieve Autonomous status by 2017, one strategic goal which will no longer be just a dream of the entire academic community,” Claro said.
“With the recent successful accreditation visits for Level II and Level III, it can now be seen as an unfolding reality with the full support of everyone for programs that continue to aim for higher levels of accreditation side by side with new and accreditable programs firming up their plan to achieve accreditation in due time.”
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