Five programs in both the undergraduate and graduate levels of MPSPC were recently conferred Level III Phase 1 accreditation by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP).
The BS Criminology, BS Office Administration, BS Nursing, Master in Business Administration and Master in Public Administration programs obtained a grand mean ranging from 4.07 to 4.13 translated to a descriptive equivalent of “Very Satisfactory” during the AACCUP visit last August 2019. All five programs also obtained an area mean above 3.5 in the ten areas of evaluation, which include: Vision, Mission, Goals and Objectives; Faculty; Curriculum; Support to Students; Research; Extension; Library; Physical Facilities; Laboratories and Administration.
The College President, Dr. Rexton F. Chakas, expressed his commendation and his gratitude to all who worked hard and contributed to this feat. He also encouraged everybody to work harder and farther during the forthcoming AACCUP visits in 2020 as other programs gear up for higher levels of accreditation. He expressed, “every goal we have set for ourselves and for the College are falling into place. We have to continue to be one in our dreams and aspirations and must work hard and smart for these.”
MPSPC developmental culture paying off
The accomplishment is undeniably a tangible proof of the collective efforts of the administration, the faculty and staff for continuous and sustained quality improvement.
Area X – Administration obtained the highest average rating across all the program areas. This accomplishment was attributed to functional organizational structures, relevant policies, strong support of management, and everyone’s social consciousness. Area IX – Laboratories obtained the second highest mean because of the evident upgrading of the BSOA and BSN simulation rooms. The enhancements of these simulations rooms were challenging because of the financial requirements that were necessary in procuring state-of-the-art equipment. Area IV – Support to Students got the third highest mean which was credited to the competence, diligence and qualification of the personnel; provision of primary health care services by licensed medical and dental professionals; neat and updated filing; adequate sports facilities; and sufficient testing materials with appropriate standards. This achievement further validates the conferment of ISO 9001-2015 certification of Student Services and General Administrative Support Services in Quality Management Services by the certifying body ACSW3 Solutionz.
It is also very notable that Area VII – Library – got a rating of 4.02. This resulted from the transfer of the library to its new building, installation of CCTV, provision of additional computer units, continuous procurement of books and journals, and adequate and qualified staff.
The recent advancement of the 5 programs to Level III Phase 1 was not possible without the collaborative efforts of the faculty and staff in preparing voluminous documents that lasted months before the survey visit last August 13-17, 2019.
Why the need for Level III accreditation
Passing Level III Phase 1 survey visit accreditation means that the aforementioned programs of the College are now eligible for Level III Phase 2 survey visit. This survey visit, projected to take place around November 2020 will pave way to the programs’ realization of a full-fledged Level III reaccredited status. As such, the said programs and/or MPSPC can supposedly be entitled to the following: (a) full administrative deregulation; (b) financial deregulation in terms of setting tuition and other fees; (c) full curricular autonomy or deregulation; (d) priority funding assistance; (e) priority for government subsidy for faculty development; (f) right to use on its publications or advertisements the word “ACCREDITED”, and (g) limited visitation/inspection and/or supervision by CHED.
Additionally, these recent developments bring the College some step closer to the accreditation requirements for the operation of university status. Above all, it is an affirmation of the College’s relentless pursuit for quality and excellence in the fulfillment of its mandate. Cognizant of these goals, the College President appealed to everyone in MPSPC to remain steadfast in working for Level III reaccreditation of the five programs by next year and to ensure continuous leveling up of all programs in the succeeding years. Particularly, there is a need to focus more in the areas of research and extension. These areas require more research studies that will not only be published in reputable journals and presented to national and international fora but will also redound to tangible activities and technologies that would help in solving community problems.