5 programs undergo accreditation survey

By Daniel P. Tapaoan, Jr.


Five academic programs of the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) are undergoing the online accreditation survey being conducted by the members of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP) from February 15-19.  


These programs are the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, BS in Computer Engineering, and BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the College of Engineering (COE) in Batac; and the BS in Fisheries and BS in Marine Biology at the College of Aquatic Sciences and Applied Technology (CASAT) in Currimao. All of which will undergo Level III, Phase I survey.  


The overall coordinators of the accreditation survey are Dr. Francis N. Baleta (for Batac campus) and Dr. Cecilio L. Manarpaac (for Currimao campus). Members of the accrediting team are Engr. Juanita P. Pinote and Dr. Ma. Carla Y. Abaquita (BS ChemEng); Dr. Remia L. Doctora and Dr. Diane B. Remot (BS CompEng); Dr. Manuel Luis R. Alvarez and Dr. Christine C. Vegafria (BS ECE); Dr. Baleta and Dr. Noel A. Armada (BS Fisheries); Dr. Lema P. Buenvinida and Dr. Manarpaac (BS Marine Bio). Library accreditors for Batac and Currimao campuses are Prof. Maria Nina Grace C. Pastorfide and Prof. Neria E. Gomez, respectively. 


Baleta lauded MMSU for submitting its programs to online accreditation early this year, saying that such move manifests the MMSU’s commitment in upholding quality assurance despite the challenging times. 


Manarpaac also congratulated MMSU for braving the challenges of online accreditation. He said the accreditors will evaluate the five programs by verification of documents, online site visits, and virtual interview sessions with selected stakeholders. 


The documents to be viewed by the accreditors were uploaded in an indigenous system designed by the University’s in-house software developers. 


MMSU President Shirley C. Agrupis said the university bravely and sustainably subjects its programs to accreditation because “we want to elevate the MMSU’s brand of quality education.” She also lauded the faculty members, deans, and quality assurance personnel for their efforts in this endeavor, emphasizing that “I consider accreditation as a vocation because it takes all the virtues that government employee should possess.”


Last November 2020, MMSU submitted its eight programs to AACCUP survey visit, seven of which underwent Level IV, Phase 2 while one was subjected to Level III, Phase 2. 


In December last year, the University also took the Institutional Accreditation, Level 2 survey. 


To date, at most 96 percent of MMSU’s academic programs were already accredited by the AACCUP, making it as one of the state universities that has the greatest number of accredited programs in the country. (StratCom)