Morong, Rizal, Philippines — In its unwavering commitment to academic excellence and quality assurance and in support to the professional development of its employees led by the College President Prof. Dr. Diosdado P. Zulueta, ten MSC faculty members attended the AACCUP’s Onsite Back-to-Back Training of Accreditors for Preliminary Surveys, Levels I and II, and the Conduct of 3rd and 4th Accreditation Survey Visits at the University of Rizal System (URS), Morong Branch on May 14-16, 2024.

MSC delegation during the Training Accreditation at the University of Rizal System. (Photo by JL Lancion)

The participants included Ms. Jholey Rose R. Leaño-Lancion, Ms. Mae Kristine C. Ogayre, Dr. Rosalyn J. Dasco, Ms. Marife R. Madla, Ms. Lynle Mendoza, Dr. Merry Rose Palma, Ms. Doreena Joy C. Borja, Engr. Charizza M. Sigue, Mr. Jayceron Monteagudo, and Mr. Regie F. Mampusti.

The training commenced on May 14 where over 600 attendees from various state universities and colleges (SUCs) across the country participated. The opening session at the URS Eugologio Amang Rodriguez Tanghalang Sining (EARTS) began with an address by Dr. Milabel Ho, Executive Director of AACCUP. This was followed by remarks from URS President Dr. Nancy T. Pascual and AACCUP Chair/President Dr. Gregorio Z. Gamboa, Jr., who highlighted the importance of quality and excellence in SUCs to achieve a glocalized educational landscape. Other SUC Presidents were also acknowledged.

Dr. Ho provided an overview of Preliminary Surveys, Levels 1-4, and Institutional Accreditation Survey Visits. Participants were then grouped by their assigned accreditation levels, with the MSC team focusing on PSV, Levels 1 and 2. The afternoon session included a presentation on document preparation for these levels by Dr. Renelda O. Nacianceno, followed by a discussion on the rating system by Dr. Cecilio L. Manarpaac. A workshop divided participants into teams to work on specific areas. The MSC team, along with representatives from Isabela State University, Western Philippines University, Northern Iloilo State University, and Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology, focused on AREA VI – Extension and Community Involvement. They prepared a checklist and sample ratings using the outcomes-based quality assurance instrument.

On May 15, the session began with a lecture by Dr. Anthony M. Penaso on writing the Summary of Findings and Recommendations, followed by a Q&A forum. The afternoon was dedicated to presenting assignments and outputs, with the MSC team’s work receiving commendation, presented by Mr. Mark Rennel D. Molato from Isabela State University.

The final day, May 16 featured presentations from other AREA groups, particularly Levels 3 and 4, and simulations of opening and exit meetings. Post-lunch sessions included discussions by Dr. Ho on the ethical and professional conduct of accreditors and Mr. Dominique T. Martinez on uploading relevant documents for accreditation. An examination was conducted to assess participants’ cognitive abilities, followed by testimonials and takeaways. The training concluded with the distribution of participation certificates and a photo session with guest lecturers and discussants.

As the MSC delegation engages in the 3-day training organized by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), the institution enhances its standing as a leader in academic excellence within the country. Guided by the visionary leadership of President Prof. Dr. Diosdado P. Zulueta, and supported by the collective efforts of its faculty, students, staff, and other stakeholders, MSC remains dedicated to providing quality education and fostering a culture of excellence that will significantly impact communities.

(Photo by JL Lancion)

With that, the team extends its sincerest gratitude to the College President, Prof. Dr. Zulueta, and the entire MSC community for this opportunity and is committed to continuous improvement and advancing significantly in the pursuit of excellence.

(Jholey Rose R. Leaño-Lancion)