THE UNIVERSITY has maintained its position as the educational institution with the most number of accredited programs in the country.

UST received five awards during the 26th annual general assembly and awarding ceremonies of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa) last Dec. 1 at the City of Dreams in Parañaque.

UST was awarded for having the highest number of Level III and Level IV accredited programs in the Philippines, and for having the highest number of accredited programs in both the National Capital Region and in the country.

The University was also cited for having the first food technology program to be granted Level IV accredited status.

UST has 11 programs with Level IV status, the highest rank that can be obtained by an educational institution from Pacucoa, while six programs have Level III accreditation.

Level IV programs will have full autonomy from government regulators for the duration of the Level IV accredited status, which is until 2019.

“As an awardee of Pacucoa, we have been privileged to be (given this honor as the institution with the most number of accredited programs) for years. We are sustaining the good culture that we have already developed over the years,” Clarita Carillo, vice rector for academic affairs, said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

Carillo, who received the awards with some college deans, said the University adhered to the nine areas set by Pacucoa as guide for assessment. The nine areas are purpose and objectives, faculty, instruction, library, laboratory, physical plant and facilities, student personnel services, social orientation and community involvement, and administration and organization.

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UST has a total 37 accredited programs, followed by the University of Mindanao and Lyceum of the Philippines University-Batangas with 30 and 28 accredited programs, respectively.

Last Oct. 16, Rector Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. said in his Rector’s Report that obtaining accreditation served as a validation of the University’s accomplishments in instruction, research and community service as well as high passing rates in licensure exams. Dayanara T. Cudal and Alhex Adrea M. Peralta

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