CET, CPAG, CCJE programs undergo 1st online accreditation
Four undergraduate programs of Tarlac State University underwent an online accreditation survey visit by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines Inc. (AACCUP) last October 5-9, 2020.
Programs that were visited are Bachelor of Science in Criminology for its 2nd survey visit; Bachelor of Industrial Technology and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering for their Level IV, Phase 1 visit; and Bachelor of Public Administration for its Level III, Phase 1.
Following the paradigm shift to online platforms, the AACCUP accreditation in TSU was done via Zoom and Microsoft Teams after decades of face-to-face visits.
The online accreditation now requires the programs under survey to have supplementary documents of their extension programs, upload videos of facilities like laboratories, and send soft copies of documents needed for the process.
Prior to the accreditation proper, series of meetings and preparations were conducted along with an internal accreditation.
Meanwhile, TSU hosted the online accreditation webinar/training in July and August to train accreditors from state universities and colleges in Luzon.
According to Dr. Niño Corpuz, Vice President for Planning and Quality Assurance, the accreditors need to sign papers about ethical responsibility — an agreement which shows that all uploaded documents are authenticated and must not be subjected to exploitation or copying.
The documents that were uploaded can be only viewed and cannot be copied or saved on their computers. This action also ensures that data privacy laws and policies are followed.
Furthermore, the sending of documents should be properly arranged following the accreditation instrument which is composed of ten areas.
VP Corpuz, Dr. Edwin Caoleng, Engr. Cesar Bartolo, Prof. Erwin Mina, and Dr. Jasper Jay Mendoza are among the pioneering accreditors to hold the first online accreditation at the University of Southern Mindanao. [Maria Adelaida D. Calayag]