By Renalyn G. Padoginog
Dr. Danilo S. Hilario, team leader of the AACCUP institutional accreditation survey team visit, was all praises for CMU during the opening program yesterday.
He said: “Nais ko po munang ibigay ang papuri sa mga tao na tumulong sa amin at sa napakahusay na pagtanggap ng AACCUP at hanggang ngayon naniniwala ako na ang aking mga kasama ay pawang naimpress sa aming nakita.”
Prior to the opening program, the accreditors toured in some centers and offices such as the Natural Science Research Center (NSRC), Center for Biodiversity Research and Extension in Mindanao (CEBREM), Natural Products Research and Development Center (NPRDC), Philippine Carabao Center, Rubber Processing Center, Nursery, University Press, and DXMU.
Dr. Divinagracia M. De Guzman, an accreditor from Nueva Viscaya State University, said: “We thought CMU is not this beautiful but when we were touring around, I can say that Dr. Hilario is right.”
“I am so pleased about the hospitality of CMU. I find your place so beautiful and I think, the preparations are well-done…we will do our best for the institutional accreditation,” she added.
According to Dr. Hilario, he is glad that CMU has subjected itself for institutional accreditation this year, adding that it is one of the few state universities to do so. “Mabibilang mo sa kamay ang mga pamantasan na nagsubmit na ng kanilang programa for institutional accreditation, hindi dahil sa napakahirap subalit kailangang patatagin ang pundasyon ng lahat ng programa, damihan ang programang na accredit na hanggang level 2 or level 3. “
He mentioned other schools institutionally accredited are the Mariano Marcos State University, Central Luzon State University, Tarlac Agricultural University, and Tarlac State University.
Dr. Hilario, a retired professor in Bulacan State University, said that they have seen some of what they saw in Visayas State University, the first institutionally accredited university in the country.
“Magkakaroon din po kami ng document analysis to validate, triangulate, tingnan ang inyong good practices, good programs upang maipresenta namin sa board of national network for quality assurance,” he said. “Pero sa uri ng ganda ng sayaw, sa uri ng ganda ng pagtanggap, sa basehan ng pagkain na sa amin ay ibinigay, sa palagay ko’y yong Level I ay sigurado na.”
The 5-day accreditation period also covers simultaneous video presentations for Day 1; several interviews with the university president, members of the board of regents, members of the administrative council, university alumni, stakeholders, faculty, and students for Day 2; document inspection for Day 3; visit to research and extension sites, laboratories, library, and other infrastructures for Day 4; and closing program for Day 5.
Other accreditors were Dr. Manuel T. Corpus, overall coordinator and executive director of AACCUP, Dr. Luis M. Sorolla, Jr. of West Visayas State University; Dr. Rolando F. Hechanova, Sultan Kudarat State University; Dr. Raul F. Muyong, Iloilo Science and Technology University; Dr. Riceli C. Mendoza, University of Southern Mindanao; Dr. Maria Glenda O. de Lara, Philippine Normal University; Dr. Marcela T. Caluscosin, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University; Dr. Anita C. Sorinto, University of Southern Mindanao; Dr. Marlene B. Atinyao, Benguet State University; and accountant Samuel C. Chinaman, Prof. Marina S. Quesada, and Dr. Divinagracia M. de Guzman all from AACCUP.
Though the impressions of the accreditors were positive, the university president Dr. Maria Luisa Soliven said, “We should not feel confident still, we still have to prove our worth.”