December 28, 2015, 12:11a.m. – THE UNIVERSITY’S Nursing program has been granted Level IV accreditation by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities – Commission on Accreditation (Pacucoa), effective until 2020.

Academic programs granted the Level IV status, the highest level of accreditation, are said to have “prestige and authority comparable to similar programs in excellent foreign universities.”

Level IV accreditation status also means full autonomy to offer new graduate programs, and open learning or distance education and extension classes related to existing Level IV courses, without the need for prior approval of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched). 

Under the accreditation process of Pacucoa, a private accrediting agency, schools are assessed based on purpose and objectives, faculty, instruction, library, laboratory, physical plant and facilities, student personnel services, social orientation and community involvement, and administration and organization. 

Four programs of the College of Education, namely Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Food Technology have also attained Level IV status, with the Food Technology program being the first in the country to be granted such accreditation. 

Established in 1946, UST’s Nursing program is a Center of Excellence, as declared by Ched. Danielle Ann F. Gabriel


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