by RONALYN BANAKEN
From left: Engr. Vinci R. Villaseñor, PACUCOA Auditor; Dr. Jaime M. Buzar, PACUCOA Vice Chairman; Dr. Victor O. Delos Santos, UB-SCJPS Dean; Dr. Ellen M. Halover, UB-SIT Dean; Dr. Kareen B. Leon, UB-SBAA Dean; Dr. Rosita Navarro, PACUCOA Board of Directors Chair, and UB president Johann Ben A. Bautista
The University of Baguio (UB) has been recognized the institution with the highest number of accredited programs in the Cordillera Administrative Region by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) during its celebration of its 40th founding year and 24th annual general assembly at the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila on Dec. 6.
During the event, which bannered the theme “The ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework: Guide to Quality Assurance for ASEAN 2015”, UB received four other distinctions – first Business Administration program to have been granted Level IV accredited status in the Cordillera Administrative Region, first Liberal Arts program to have been granted Level IV accredited status in the Cordillera Administrative Region, first Bachelor of Elementary Education program to have been granted Level IV accredited status in the Cordillera Administrative Region, and first Bachelor of Secondary Education program to have been granted Level IV accredited status in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
UB president Johann Ben A. Bautista received the awards, together with deans Dr. Victor O. Delos Santos, Dr. Ellen M. Halover and Dr. Kareen B. Leon who are at the same time PACUCOA accreditors.
Currently, UB has 15 accredited programs which include Business Administration, Liberal Arts, Bachelor of Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Secondary Education.
Accreditation, as defined by PACUCOA, is “a mechanism to assure quality education, as seen in such outputs as significant improvements in the quality of facilities, services and teachers, higher level of competence of graduates and success in employment. It stimulates the pursuit of excellence; encourages compliance with quality specifications and objective standards; and results in empowerment. These benefits of accreditation have apparently been felt by the public as indicated in their preference of enrolling into accredited schools.”