Western Mindanao State University, with its goal of achieving an Institutional Accreditation status by 2015, has once again welcomed accreditors from the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) on April 24 and 25 for a Survey Visit of the Colleges of Teacher Education and Nursing which are currently on the Level III Phase II accreditation status.
Dr. Milabel Enriquez-Ho, University President, welcomed the AACCUP delegation which was headed by Dr. Manuel T. Corpus, Executive Director and Overall Coordinator of the AACCUP team of accreditors. With him were Dr. Marcela T. Caluscosin of Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Dr. Marylou B. Ong of Cebu Normal University, and Dr. Anita C. Sornito of University of Southern Mindanao.
For the 3rd survey visit of College of Teacher Education (CTE) and College of Nursing (CN), four areas were evaluated—two of which were mandated by AACCUP: (1) curriculum and instruction, and (2) extension while two were the areas of choice of both colleges: (3) faculty development, and (4) library. Selecting the programs to be evaluated is an agreement between CN and CTE. According to Dr. Susan P. Dela Cruz, Director of the Quality Assurance Office, the library has always been the weakest of all areas to be evaluated every survey visit, but this time, the accreditors commended the mentioned area, stating how well the presentation of the area was and how WMSU has complied with all the requirements for the library. “Now, we have the library as our strength,” Dr. Dela Cruz adds.
The University, through the Quality Assurance office with the University Accreditation Team prepares for the AACCUP survey visits by organizing an internal accreditation survey to assess the readiness of the different programs before they are submitted for accreditation to AACCUP. The internal accreditors are trained by AACCUP. They undergo series of training activities facilitated by the AACCUP after which they are granted a certificate of completion after passing a practicum and written examination. They are exposed to actual accreditation of programs in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) before they can join the roster of AACCUP accreditors by area of specialization.
WMSU is scheduled for the Institutional Accreditation mandated by the Commission on Higher Education and therefore at least 70% of all the programs of the University must be level I accredited or better.
The University is set to undergo another preliminary survey visit on May 21-24 and the colleges scheduled to be evaluated are graduate programs of College of Nursing, College of Teacher Education and College of Public Administration and Development Studies; and undergraduate programs of College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports, College of Social Sciences, College of Communications and Humanities, College of Engineering and Technology, College of Architecture, College of Science and Mathematics, College of Agriculture and the College of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Another round of level I and level II accreditation is scheduled for the College of Home Economics and a Preliminary Survey Visit for the College of Criminal Justice Education, College of Social Work and Community Development, College of Asian and Islamic Studies and two more programs of the College of Science and Mathematics on September 22-27.
Dr. Dela Cruz added that once all the university programs pass the preliminary survey to be candidates for level 1 status, WMSU will then push through its application for institutional accreditation which the president, Dr. Ho plans to accomplish by 2015.
The Quality Assurance Office through its Director, Dr. Susan P. Dela Cruz, administers the survey visits of the AACCUP with the supervision of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ma. Carla A. Ochotorena. (AJ Dalugdug – PAO, WMSU)