Commission on Higher Education (CHED) appointed Silliman University (SU) College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Dr. Earl Jude Paul L. Cleope, as a new assessor of Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA) effective Aug. 1, 2017 until Dec. 21, 2019.
CHED established ISA to help Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) develop Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) systems that will enable them to perform effectively and efficiently and meet their desired outcomes and performance targets.
Among the 69 new ISA assessors, Cleope was the only assessor appointed from Negros Island Region.
ISA assessors assist CHED in assessing the Internal Quality Assurance systems of HEIs using the ISA Framework and provide feedback to the Technical Working Group ISA (TWAG-ISA) on how to improve ISA policies, procedures, and instruments.
They will also help in reviewing and finalizing the ISA narrative reports and assist TWAG-ISA in orienting public and private HEIs within their region, CHED Central and Regional Offices, and other stakeholders using the ISA tool.
According to Cleope, Vice President for Academics Affair Betsy Joy B. Tan was the original nominee from SU but she encouraged Cleope instead because of her busy schedule.
Cleope shared that the role is not a “new thing” for him.
“I have been an accreditor of the graduate programs and I’m also a Regional Quality Assurance Team member of CHED before, so being placed in this position is a kind of progression and promotion on my part and still is a part of learning,” Cleope said.
“As an educator, I accept this role as a challenge. However, with this position, I can help Silliman prepare for the assessment; that is my primary concern and main purpose,” Cleope added.