Paascu Primer

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* PAASCU stands for Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. It is a private, voluntary, non-profit and non- stock corporation which was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 5, 1957.

* PAASCU is a service organization that accredits academic programs which meet standards of quality education.

* In November 1967, the Bureau of Education and Culture (now the Department of Education) officially recognized PAASCU and endorsed its work as an accrediting agency.

* PAASCU is also one of the three founding members of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), which was established in 1977 and is authorized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to certify the levels of accredited programs for the purpose of granting progressive deregulation and other benefits.

IS PAASCU AFFILIATED WITH ANY INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS/AGENCIES? * Yes. Since 1991, PAASCU has been a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). As of 2005, INQAAHE is composed of 150 accrediting agencies coming from over 60 different countries. These agencies have also created regional networks, one of which is the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN), with PAASCU being one of its active members.

* PAASCU also has linkages with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a private, nonprofit national organization that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States, as well as with the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA), which is based in Washington, D.C.

PAASCU’s objectives are as follows:
1. To stimulate and integrate the efforts of institutions to elevate the standards of education in the Philippines. 2. To strengthen the capabilities of educational institutions for service to the nation. 3. To identify educational institutions which meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality. 4. To encourage and assist institutions which have the potential and interest to improve themselves through continuing evaluation and self-surveys. 5. To provide counsel and assistance to established and developing institutions and programs. 6. To provide a basis for institutional relationships, particularly in the transfer of students. 7. To provide guidance to students and parents in the choice of institutions and programs. 8. To attract financial aid from government and other sources for accredited programs and schools applying for accreditation. 9. To assist schools in their quest for regional and international recognition of their academic programs 10. To network with national and international organization involved in quality assurance.

Accreditation is…
* a concept based on self-regulation which focuses on evaluation and the continuing improvement of educational quality. * a process by which institutions or programs continuously upgrade their educational quality and services through self-evaluation and the judgment of peers. * a status granted to an educational institution or program which meets commonly accepted standards of quality or excellence.

The basic characteristics of accreditation are:
a) its prevailing sense of volunteerism;
b) its strong tradition of self-regulation;
c) its reliance on evaluation techniques;
d) its primary concern with quality.

* In general, all educational institutions in the Philippines go through one form of accreditation – “recognized by the government.” Government recognition is, however, inadequate for purposes of identifying and determining educational quality. Thus, private voluntary accreditation provides the opportunity for an educational institution to attain standards above those...
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