THE COLLEGE of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) is seeking the re-accreditation of its two programs, submitting evaluation last July 15 and 16 under a private accreditation group.

The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA examined UST’s occupational therapy and physical therapy courses which have “first level re-accredited status” and “second level re-accredited status”, respectively.

“The accreditation assures the students that the quality of programs we offer [is better] than what the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) requires,” said CRS Dean Jocelyn Agcaoili in an interview.

PACUCOA inspected the college’s philosophy and objectives, the program’s faculty profile, instruction process, curriculum, organization and administration, social orientation and community involvement, student services, health science library, and physical plant and facilities.

“Pharmacology, Ethics in Research, and e-Learning Access Program are also offered although Ched does not require these subjects,” Agcaoli said.

According to PACUCOA’s website, programs which have been granted “initial accredited status” have the benefits of full administrative and financial deregulation in tuition and other fees, revision without Ched approval, and priority in grants or subsidies and funding UST’s assistance from the government.

The accredited status for occupational therapy program ended last June while that for physical therapy,communication arts, journalism,and political science ended last year.

CRS college secretary Donald Lipardo said results of the evaluation would come in after three months. Kalaine Nikka Kay C. Grafil

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