UNP Candon has just celebrated its 18th foundation anniversary last August 11, 2007. The week-long program included pompous activities that aimed to enhance the athletic prowess of the students, and to develop their physical and social skills.
Aside from that, because of the inclusion of interdepartmental academic contests, this Intramurals Week enhanced also their mental and academic capabilities. The four fundamental communication skills, i.e. reading, speaking, listening and writing, were assessed.
Literary contests in the three languages, English, Filipino and Iluko proved to be very beneficial to their communication abilities.
Likewise, extemporaneous delivery of speeches and debate made them more cognizant of the major issues confronting our society today. They articulated their sentiments and suggested several ways to correct visible defects.
One good topic being placed at the limelight, subject to debate and theme of writing contests, is the accreditation of the different degree programs of UNP Candon.
For the information of the reading public, this is the first goal of UNP Candon.
Time passed without gaining an inch along this aspect. Schools that existed years later even got accredited first. And this could have been the inspiring push for UNP Candon to submit itself to accreditation.
What is accreditation?
The encyclopedia defines it as a process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented.
It is a type of quality assurance process under which a facility’s or institution’s services and operations are examined by a third-party accrediting agency to determine if applicable standards are met. Should the facility meet the accrediting agency’s standards, the facility receives accredited status from the accrediting agency.
With this definition, every learner, and employee is assured of quality education. This makes them therefore rejoice, because the school they belong is not considered as a diploma mill.
The accreditation process ensures that their certification practices are acceptable i.e. they are competent to test and certify third parties, behave ethically, employ suitable quality assurance and other measures.
This peer review process coordinated by accreditation commissions and the members focus on developing career-oriented skills.
However, despite the widely recognized benefits and accountability of accreditation, some institutions choose, for various reasons, not to participate in an accreditation process.
One reason is accreditation could interfere with their mission or philosophy even though organizations do exist specifically to accredit religious institutions without compromising their doctrinal statements.
Your guess as to its implications is as good as mine.
Now, let’s ask ourselves. Does accreditation really matter? Why not pass a law demanding compulsory accreditation of all degree programs of SUCs? *