December 23, 2015, 3:07p.m. – FOUR PROGRAMS of the College of Education received Level IV accreditation, the highest rank that can be obtained by an educational institution.

Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Nutrition and Dietetics and Food Technology acquired Level IV accreditation from the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa), with UST’s Food Technology program being the first to obtain the status among schools offering the same degree program nationwide.

Level IV accreditation status grants full autonomy to the program for five years. It also enables school administrators to offer new graduate programs, and open learning or distance education and extension classes related to existing Level IV courses, without need for approval by the Commission on Higher Education.

For a degree program to obtain Level IV accreditation, it must adhere to the nine areas set by Pacucoa, a private accrediting agency, as guide for assessment: purpose and objectives, faculty, instruction, library, laboratory, physical plant and facilities, student personnel services, social orientation and community involvement and administration and organization. Alhex Adrea M. Peralta


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