To determine the competence of the colleges of the Western Mindanao State University in preparation for the Preliminary Survey by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) on March 2014, an Internal Accreditation Survey Visit was conducted from January 27 to 29 at six colleges in the University.
These colleges were the College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (CPERS), College of Architecture (CArch), College of Communications and Humanities (CCH), College of Social Sciences (CSS), College of Criminal Justice Education (CCJE) and College of Social Work and Community Development (CSWCD).
The accreditation process by the AACCUP passes through a series of survey visits for a University to achieve an institutional accreditation status. The first phase is the Application, where an educational institution files its application to undergo accreditation; next is the Institutional Self Survey where upon approval of the application, internal accreditors will have to make an internal assessment to determine the colleges’ or the programs’ readiness for the next stage which is the Preliminary Survey. A candidate status that is good for two years will be awarded to certain programs that will pass the assessment by external accreditors.
The first formal survey visit is the evaluation of the programs awarded with candidate status. This will determine if the programs are qualified for the Level I Accredited status. The next phase, the second survey visit is when the accreditors evaluate a Level I accredited program and decide if the program has been upgraded, and thereby granting the Level II Re-accredited status which is valid for five years.
Application for Level III status requires a program to excel in four areas: instruction, extension which are mandatory and two areas out of research, performance in licensure examinations, faculty development and linkages.
Finally, the fourth survey visit is only conducted if the programs of the institution have achieved Level III status. This will determine if the University may be entitled to the institutional accreditation status.
Meanwhile, the College of Agriculture (CAgri) and the College of Forestry and Environmental Studies (CFES) are scheduled for their Internal Accreditation Survey on February 3-5; the College of Engineering and Technology (CET), College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) and College of Asian and Islamic Studies (CAIS) will also undergo the same survey on February 6-8. For the graduate programs, internal accreditors’ preliminary surveys are also scheduled on February 10-12 for the following programs: Doctor of Education – Major in Educational Administration; Master of Arts in Nursing/Master in Nursing; Master of Arts in Education – Majors in Educational Administration, Guidance Counseling and Special Educational and Master of Public Administration.
The Quality Assurance Office under the auspices of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena was in charge of the series of Internal Accreditation Survey visits which was headed by Over-all Chairman Dr. Susan P. Dela Cruz and Co-chairman Dr. Sarah Taupan. (AJ Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)