The Association of Local Colleges and Universities–Commission on Accreditation (ALCUCOA) team led by its Chair, Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega, went to LU to evaluate the institution’s three programs specifically Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEEd), Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSEd) and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (BAC) during the last quarter of 2014.
There were 10 areas which the accreditors examined thoroughly, namely: Area I – Administration and Governance; Area II – Faculty; Area III – Curriculum and Instruction; Area IV – Student Services; Area V – Entrepreneurship and Employability; Area VI – Community Extension; Area VII – Research; Area VIII – Library; Area IX – Laboratory; and Area X – Physical Plant. Each of these areas had corresponding documents as support to the particular criteria considered. The LU Accreditation Team is headed by VPAA Colegio S. Gascon with Dr. Rosemarie D. Sabado and Dr. Marie Joy Q. Elomina for the College of Education (COE) and Department of Communication (DOC), respectively and the chair for each area who prepared all the necessary documents needed. All the concerned faculty members and administrative staff were a great help in organizing the files exhibited in the accreditation room.
It was only late last year when the aforementioned programs passed the requirements for the initial visit of the accreditors and was given the candidate status. The certificate was awarded to the College of Education (COE) and the Department of Communication (DOC) at the University of Makati last November 2015.
At present, the LU accreditation team is preparing for the next visit of the accreditors sometime in June 2016 to evaluate the three programs for level 1 status. LU, particularly the COE and DOC are hoping to get the level 1 status. If BAC, BEED, and BSEd will be able to pass it, this means that they have attained a level of quality standard for education. Likewise, the Bachelor of Science in Information and Technology (BSIT) which is also under the CAST will also be evaluated for the candidate status.
The accreditation process will assure the students as the school’s primary client that LU will be able to sustain quality education. Thus, the faculty members are busy preparing all the documents related to the areas mentioned using a new instrument for evaluation. Indeed, LU has still a long way to go but it will never stop until it gets to the top.