PAASCU Visits the College Next Week
The Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) will visit the college next week in two stages: March 4-5 and 7-8. The first stage will be a visit to the Liberal Arts, Sciences, Business, Accountancy, Education, Social Work, and Nursing. The second visit will cover Engineering, Information Technology, and Information Management.
There are three kinds of surveys going on simultaneously. Nursing, Computer Engineering, and Electronics Engineering will be undergoing a preliminary survey. This is an initial visit of the PAASCU for these programs by which the said programs will be given recommendations to work on. They will then undergo a formal survey after the recommendations have been fulfilled.
The Information Technology and Information Management will be undergoing such a formal survey. They had their preliminary survey in March 2010. If the IT and IM programs do well, they will then be given an initial accredited status. The rest of the areas will be undergoing what is called a Level Three resurvey. If the school still earns accreditation on this level this time around, it will be qualified to apply for Level Four in the next visit five years from now.
Ateneo de Davao received its first accreditation from PAASCU in 1969. It would continue to receive recognition through the decades. Then, in 2009, PAASCU granted the school Institutional Accreditation, given to only five other universities in the country, for:
“the University’s long tradition of exemplary accomplishments in the areas of instruction, research, and community service and high performance of its graduates in government licensure examinatons; for the laudable practices leading to internal efficiency and external productivity; for it meritorious record of excellence as evidenced by the high level of performance of program accreditation and effective assurance mechanisms.”