95 faculty join outcomes-based quality assurance training

Ninety-five faculty from various state colleges and universities in Visayas and Mindanao joined in the training-workshop of accreditors on outcomes-based quality assurance, November 8-10 at the Farmers Training Center.

The participants were from Cebu Technological University (CTU), Central Mindanao University (CMU), Compostela Valley State University (CVSU), Cotabato City State Polytechnic College (CCSPC), Sultan Kudarat State University (SKSU), Camiguin Polytechnic State College (CPSC), Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST), Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCT), Agusan del Sur State College of Agriculture and Technology (ASSCAT), and the University of Southern Mindanao (USM).

Dr. Nenita I. Prado, former chief of the CMU Quality Assurance Office, said, β€œThis workshop is intended to train new accreditors with the outcomes-based instrument for quality assurance.”

Launched in 2014, the outcomes-based instrument for quality assurance is the tool used to accredit state colleges and universities in the Philippines. Currently, there are 42 academic program instruments used by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Inc.

The AACCUP training team were composed of Dr. Riceli C. Mendoza (USM), the training director for Mindanao; Dr. Rolando F. Hechanova (SKSU), training member; and Dr. Hedeliza A. Pineda (CTU); Dr. Agapito Bayron, Jr. (CMU); and Prof. Kristine Garcia (USM) and Ms. Laksni E. Catubay (USM), training secretariats.

Dr. Mendoza of USM revealed in her opening talk that majority of the SUCs are members of AACCUP and they pay PhP 20,000.00 for membership.

Dr. Prado added that the institutional membership is voluntary, but if they wanted to improve the quality of their academic programs, they need to submit their programs for accreditation.

Topics discussed include the overview of the outcomes-based accreditation system, the typical three-day survey visit and team organization, preparation of actual rating, data gathering, evaluation of the rating system, evaluation of the individual rating, and team report making.

The participants had undergone written examinations to identify the newly qualified accreditors. The results were announced immediately during the closing program.

β€œI am happy to inform that all of you passed the examination. You are now ready to be deployed as accreditors,” Dr. Mendoza said in an exit conference.

Dr. Aga Bayron, CMU’s new Quality Assurance chief, added that the accreditors should have at least assistant professor rank before AACCUP deploys them to other schools.

All participants received both certificates of participation and completion during the exit conference. (RGPadoginog)

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