With a rousing fanfare, the Laguna University warmly received the Association of Local Colleges and Universities–Commission on Accreditation (ALCUCOA) survey team during the Opening Ceremony of the ALCUCOA Accreditation 2019 on December 9, 2019 in front of the Athlete’s Village building.
As the accreditors stepped out of the van, they were greeted by the student usherettes with rosette leis as the Laguna Provincial Capitol Band performed Sampaguita, a turn of the century folk song, under the baton of Conductor Abadier.
University officials headed by the University Vice Presidents Dr. Colegio S. Gascon, Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Dr. Monette S. Bato, Vice President for Planning, Research, and Extension led the processional closely followed by the accreditors headed by the ALCUCOA Vice President Dr. Elizabeth A. Montero who was also a member of the survey team.
Mr. Anastacio R. L. Cruz Jr., Head of the LU Human Resource Management Office officially introduced the LU Officials while Dr. Montero, the members of the accreditation team.
Atty. Dulce H. Rebanal, the Provincial Administrator, cordially welcomed the survey team and jestingly reminded the University academics and staff to lighten up despite the exhaustive document preparations done and still more that needed to be done relative to the accreditation survey. The “lighten up” message was similarly echoed by Dr. Montero in her Direction Setting remarks, assuring the LU community that the survey was meant to assist the university with its educational goals and institutional vision.
For his part, Hon. Gov. Ramil L. Hernandez, who received a token medallion from ALCUCOA during the affair, recounted his share of his struggles as a working student during his college years , sparking inspiration among his student-audience to persevere and not be daunted by economic challenges that are widely seen as a deterrent to reaching students’ educational goals. He averred that financial hardships, though real, are not a rock-solid barrier to success, and in fact can be regarded as a welcome push towards the achievement of one’s life goals. The seemingly star-struck young people in the audience later found their way to having a photo-op with the governor after his speech.
A festive intermission number consisting of Philippine folk dances by selected Grade 12 LU Senior High students provided a break to an otherwise formal ceremony.
Dr. Gualolarina C. Fernandez, the University Guidance Counselor, emceed the event.
COED up for Level 2 Accreditation ;
CAST and CEMA for Level 1 and Candidate Status Respectively
Three Colleges underwent accreditation survey this year. They were: the College of Education (COED) for level 2 status with its Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEED) and Bachelor in Secondary Education (BSED) major in English and Mathematics programs; the College of Arts, Sciences, and Technology (CAST) for level 1 with its Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) and Bachelor of Communication (BAC) programs; and the College of Entrepreneurship, Management, and Accountancy (CEMA) for candidate status with its Entrepreneurship and Accountancy programs.
COED was awarded the candidate status in 2015 along with BAC, and the level 1 accreditation status in 2016.
Accreditation is done primarily to ensure that a university, a college, or a program adheres to and meets the standards of service and operational quality set by the accrediting agency, in LU’s case, the ALCUCOA.
The accrediting organization, represented by its team of experts, conducts an intensive review of the pre-prepared school documents submitted by the institution, college, or program seeking accreditation status; holds interviews with the school’s officials, faculty members, and other stakeholders; and observes student classes. The information gathered are assessed and used as bases and supporting evidence for affirming or denying an application for accreditation status.
ALCUCOA Post Conference 2019 Held
On the third and final day of the survey visit, the ALCUCOA held a post conference at the Asia Blooms Hotel in Santa Cruz, Laguna attended by the University officials, ALCUCOA survey team, and selected academics and staff.
In the conference, the members of the ALCUCOA team talked about their general impressions of the survey which were deemed by the attendees as largely positive and encouraging. In return, selected academics from the different programs talked about their experiences and insights gained from the survey. The selected teachers who gave their formal responses were Prof. Napoleon D. Tanlioco, Prof. Dolores N. Magbuhos, and Prof. Virgilo G. Bulatao of COED, CAST, and CEMA respectively.
When asked when would the detailed and final assessment report be made available, Dr. Montero, the team head, quickly explained that the wait could take anywhere between a few weeks to a few months depending on the time needed by the team to review and re-discuss collected information.
Dr. Gulolarina C. Fernandez once again hosted the affair.