The Regional Quality Assessment Team (RQAT) of the Commission on Higher Education Regional Office IX (CHED RO IX) on Wednesday, October 22, visited the Western Mindanao State University to assess the extent of compliance of the university to the minimum standards per program.
Six undergraduate programs of the university were evaluated by the RQAT. These were the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED), Bachelor of Secondary Education (BSED), Bachelor in Physical Education (BPE), Bachelor of Science in Islamic Studies (BSIS) and Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies (BAAS).
The team of evaluators, headed by Dr. Paul Garcia, was welcomed by the Quality Assurance Office (QAO) under the auspices of Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
With Dr. Garcia were Dr. Jacinta Tan, team leader for CTE and CPERS, with members: Dr. Evelyn C. Chavez (Dean – College of Education, ADZU), Dr. Nueva Era Aranal, (President, Ave Maria College), and Dr. Domingo S. Aranal (Vice President, Ave Maria College); Dr. Vivian Rubares, team leader for CN, with members: Dr. Lorna B. Paber (Dean, College of Nursing, ADZU), Dr. Nur N. Hussein (Universidad de Zamboanga) and Prof. Hezekiah A. Concepcion (ADZU).
Among the areas that were evaluated per program were (1) Authority to Operate; (2) Board Performance; (3) Relevant Vision, Mission Core Values and Goals; (4) Curriculum and Instructions; (5) Program Administration; (6) Students Alumni; (7) Library; (8) Laboratory/Classroom, (9) Research, (10) Community Outreach; and (11) Physical Plant.
The team of evaluators visited the colleges for firsthand observation, evaluated their documents and later interviewed the deans, department heads and faculty members of the colleges to validate the data given.
Results of the visit show that BEED and BSED complied with 9 out of 10 minimum standards; BSN complied with 10 out of 11 minimum requirements; BPE complied with 9 out of 10 areas; and BSIS complied with 4 out of 7, whereas BAAS, per evaluation by the board, has yet to meet the requirements in most of its areas.
Finally, the team of evaluators recommends that all deficiencies must be complied before the issuance of Certificate of Program Compliance.
The CHED visit was made possible through the concerted efforts of the QAO under the management of its Director, Dr. Susan P. Dela Cruz; Asst. Director, Dr. Sarah S. Taupan and Technical Associate, Prof. Ricardo G. Elizalde.