Level III Re-Accreditation Status granted to 5 SMU Programs


 by Institutional Development and Quality Assurance Office


The Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) has granted a Level III Reaccreditation Status to five programs of Saint Mary’s University (SMU) for meeting the standards and fulfilling all requirements given by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).

The Arts and Sciences, Business, Entrepreneurship, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education Programs of SMU have applied for a Level III Re-accreditation. The said programs were evaluated in a resurvey visit held on September 10-11, 2015. The new status granted to the said programs is valid until December 2020.

The Level III status acknowledges that the SMU has a reasonably high standard of instruction and a well-developed mechanism for improving and upgrading its own curriculum. It recognizes the creditable performance of SMU that promotes effectiveness of teaching and learning. It also acknowledges the high level of achievement and performance of students in both academic and co-curricular activities and lauds a highly visible community outreach program. The Level III status also recognizes the strong faculty and staff development tradition.

The Programs were evaluated by nine evaluators and PAASCU Commission on Engineering, Computer Science and Technology Education Program (CESTE) Co-Chair Prof. Vicente Antonio Pijano III based on eight areas: Administration; University Community Involvement; Library; Physical Plant; Student Services; Faculty; Curriculum and Instruction; and Laboratories.  PAASCU Representative for the reviewing was Ms. Gemma Chua.

The members of the PAASCU Survey Team  were; Dr. Christian Ryan Bustamante, Vice Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences of San Beda College, Manila; Dr. Maria Bernardita Dela Rama, Director of the Institutional Wellness Center of Assumption College, Makati City; Ms. Ma. Dreena Del Mundo, Former Chair of the Child  Development and Education of Miriam College, Quezon City; Mr. Angelito Meneses, Director of the Institutional Community Involvement of Saint Joseph’s College of Quezon City, Quezon City; Dr. Ma. Theresa Mangulabnan, Area Chairperson of Religious Studies and Philosophy of De La Salle Lipa, Lipa City; Fr. Ricardo Francisco Miranda, SVD, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Divine Word College of Legazpi, Legazpi City; Dr. Ma. Corazon Reyes, Dean of the College of International Hospitality Management of San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Manila; Dr. Marilou Tadlip, Head of the National Committee on Library and Information Science, NCCA, Cebu City; and Ms. Joy Zapata, Dean of the College of International Hospitality and Tourism Management of De La Salle Lipa, Lipa  City.

The Level III Accreditation grants SMU several benefits namely: “Authority to offer new courses allied to existing Level III courses without need for prior approval, provided that the concerned CHED Regional Office (CHEDRO) is duly informed; Privilege to apply for authority to offer new graduate programs, open learning/ distance education, extension classes and to participate in the transnational education; Limited visitation, inspection and/or supervision by CHED supervisory personnel or representatives” and many more. (PAASCU website: Benefits and Incentives for Various Levels)

It should be noted that the Civil Engineering (CE), Master of Arts in Education (MAED), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT/MST), Master in Business Administration (MBA), and Ph.D. Educational Management (Ph.D. EDM/EdD) Programs are already Level III accredited by PAASCU effective until May 2017.

 Meanwhile, the University has geared up for a PAASCU resurvey visit in the Grade School campus last January 18-19, 2016 for its Level III reaccreditation application. The assessment focused on Philosophy and Objectives, Administration and Staff, Faculty and Staff, Curriculum and Instruction, Student Services, Instructional Media Center, and Facilities. 

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