By Edan Sam Pancho | News Writer
Vol. XCIII No. 7
Sept. 27. 2019
The Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU)visited Silliman University to evaluate the Engineering and Social Work programs last September 23-24.
According to Dr. Beulah Rose R. Torres, Director of the Office of Instruction (OI) , the College of Engineering and Design (CED) and the Department of Social Work made extensive preparations to address the recommendations by PAASCU during the accreditors’ last visit on Feb. 23-24, 2016.
PAASCU’s team of accreditors was composed of six — four accreditors for the Engineering program and two for the Social Work program. For the engineering program, they were Dr. Cynthia Posadas, Dean of the School of Engineering and Architecture of St. Louis University Baguio City; Engr. Ma. Estrella Natalie Pineda, Chair of the Engineering Department of De La Salle University – Dasmarinas Cavite; Dr. Manuel Belino, Dean of the College of Engineering of Far Eastern University, Institute of Technology – Manila; and Ms. Edelaine Rae Agcaoili, PAASCU representative, Manila.
For the Social Work program, Dr. Angelito Menese, Professor and Doctor of Philosophy in Social Development Program, faculty of the Phillipine Social Work, Philippine Women’s University of Manila, and Dr. Lolita Pablo, Head of the Social Work and Community Outreach Departments of Centro Escolar University, Manila were the accreditors assigned to resurvey the program.
PAASCU evaluated the university’s programs by the degree to which SU’s vision, mission, and objectives match the actual practice of the various areas being evaluated. PAASCU’s main objective is to improve among others, the quality of the faculty, curriculum and instruction, library, laboratory, and community engagement.
Dr. Maria Lorena Tuballa, Dean of CED, said that the accreditors observed classes in the span of two days and viewed the exhibits prepared by the departments in the OI.
On the other hand, Dr. Menese and Dr. Pablo visited two agencies linked with the Social Work program of the university. The two communities visited are Casa Esperanza in Bantayan, Dumaguete City, a community for abused children, and the Redemptorist Social Action Center, a non-government organization for distressed people.
Interviews were also conducted with the programs’ faculty, students, stakeholders, the university president and vice presidents as well as the directors.
Both departments expressed high hopes for the result of the evaluation of the accreditors. “We are hoping that we can pass the evaluation and meet the quality and standards… [of PAASCU],” said Lani Placencia, secretary of the Social Work department.
The accreditation process is expected to yield high quality of teaching and research, support for students, relations with the community, and management of resources.
Through the years, the university has been accredited by various accrediting agencies. Two other programs are scheduled to be accredited by another accrediting agency before the end of the year: the Junior High School and the Filipino Graduate programs.