Twenty-four accreditors from ISAT U attended the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) Accreditors Annual Mid- Year Conference 2016 held on July 27-29 at the Royal Garden Convention Center, Iloilo City. With all the inputs gathered, ISAT U accreditors are now ready to maintain and improve the quality assurance in the university as required by AACCUP’s program on internalization and internationalization.
The conference was conducted to update accreditors on the recent development and trends of quality assurance and the new concept and practices that have evolve through the years. It was also a venue to discuss strategies on how to improve efficiency in the accreditation process. The conference also served as a forum for AACCUP to go international through linkages with quality assurance body in other countries.
The theme, “Towards a Robust Internal Quality Assurance System in State Universities and Colleges: The Key Role of Accreditors,” defines the accreditors role in AACCUP’s focus on quality assurance in its programs on internalization and internationalization.
Former Chairman of the Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Angel Alcala and international academic quality assurance expert Prof. Dr. Sun Jianrong were the invited speakers. Dr. Alcala, who is also the chairman of National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies, urged the State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) to improve their program through faculty development and specialization, conduct more research and extension service activities that may be beneficial to the community and the students. He also gave emphasis that SUCs should focus more on science and technology.
Dr. Prof. Sun Jianrong is a Ph. D. in Higher Educational Administration holder from Ohio University, USA. He discussed the concept and practices of internal quality assurance. He punctuated the criteria of an effective quality assurance office that a higher education institution needs to address, namely, the structure or its composition, its process and procedures and its effectiveness or result to the stakeholders.
The ISAT U delegates who attended the conference were: Dr. Manuel A. Sanchez, Jr, Dr. Alejo P. Biton, Dr. Merlinda T.Tucar, Dr. Karlo S. Sira, Dr. Renerio S. Mucas, Dr. Rene L. Celda, Engr. Naci John Trance, Dr. Remia L. Doctora, Dr. Virgie A. Rodriguez, Mrs. Ninfa G. Geloryao, Prof. Herminia N. Falsario, Prof. Genalyn Moscaya, Dr. Noel S. Quidato, Dr. Frisian Y. Causing, Dr. Nemia H. Mabaquiao, Dr. Jeaneth F. Darroca, Engr. Roger P. Balderas, Engr. Al Joevid B. Mirasol, Dr. Armi A. Alimo-ot, Prof. Wyonna C. Caldito, Mrs. Sherryl Buno, Prof. Ria Monsale and Prof. Solimar Moradas.
Dr. Raul F. Muyong,University President and Dr. Renelda P. Nacianceno, Quality Assurance Office Director, led the ISAT U accreditors in the conference.