Aiming for excellence and global competitiveness,

Envisioned to provide quality education among its eight curricular programs, Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU) geared for Preliminary Survey Visit (PSV) spearheaded by Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP), Apr. 21-24.

“This is to ensure quality, so we are confident that when we produce engineers, teachers, we are producing quality students,” Dr. Cornelio C. Garcia, university president said during the opening ceremony.

As preparation, the local task forces of each coordinated college were assigned to 10 areas of the programs under evaluation to monitor and to accommodate the whole accreditation.

“Accreditation is for the continuous improvement of our curricular programs. Kailangan din natin ng mga ideas from the outside,” Dr. Garcia added.

Dr. Thelma T. Lanuza of Isabela State University (IST), Dr. Lorna O. De Veyra and Dr. Lydia C. delos Reyes of Northwestern Samar State University (NSSU) and Dr. Rosie S. Abalos of Pangasinan State University (PangSU) stood as representatives of the survey team who evaluated the programs.

“The conduct of the PSV in the eight programs in two campuses is to determine the readiness of these programs to the first level or formal visit to see the adequacy and availability of completeness. We are not just here to find fault, but we are here as your partners,” Dr. Lanuza explained.

Programs scrutinized were the Bachelor of Science in Biology, BS in Accountancy, BS in Accounting Technology, BS in Tourism Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Public Administration (MPA) under Iba campus, while Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEEd) and BS in Agriculture (BS Agri) from San Marcelino campus were also assessed by the AACCUP survey team.


Challenges Beforehand

Faculty members-in-charged of the visit expressed their sides as problems arose before the assessment.

“Yung pinagkukunan namin ng files kasi, it takes time bago nila mairelease yung mga hinihingi namin. Also the workforce, because the CTHHRM is assigned on the preparation of the foods so naapektuhan yung dissemination of works,” Prof. Dann Mark N. Dela Cruz, Program Chair of BS Tourism explained.

On the other hand, Dr. Domingo Edaño, dean of Graduate School commended the excellent preparation in his department but he also stated the need for additional materials.


The ocular inspection

According to Dr. Santi Magtalas, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) dean, the accreditors mentioned the need for two doors and air-conditioning unit in CAS laboratory.

Furthermore, improvement of faculty room must be prioritized also as stated by evaluators.

Prof. Felicidad Cuartocruz, CABA OIC- Dean opened up the query of the BSA/ BSAT accreditor, Dr. Lydia C. Delos Reyes about the student handbook which does not provide signatures of approval from the board of regents.

“We are happy working with people who are very professional,” Dr. Lanuza, accreditor for MBA and MPA expressed.

She highlighted some of the documents that were not made into availability but still provided by program’s counterpart.

“They were really prepared for it. They gave more than what are needed since this is just a preliminary survey visit,” Dr. Lanuza added.                                  | Ruel Demain

Curricular programs that will reach 5.0 – 4.00 grand mean will immediately undergo the first level visit after six months, 3.9 – 3.0 grand mean will occur its FLV after a year, 2.9 below will eventually repeat the preliminary survey visit for a breakthrough.


PSV result

Garnering a total grand mean of 4.48 and 4.47, College of Accountancy and Business Administration (CABA) curricular programs namely BS Accountancy and BS in Accounting Technology recognized as highest pointers respectively during the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) preliminary survey visit.

CABA OIC- Dean Prof. Felicidad Cuartocruz expressed her gratitude after the post accreditation conference for besting also the areas on faculty, curriculum and instruction, support to students, extension and community involvement and physical, plant and facilities.

“Siyempre masaya kami. ‘Di namin inexpect ang results. I am so thankful and grateful to the faculty who are in full support, cooperation and unity. They are very much responsible enough in their coordinated areas,” Cuartocruz said.

Also according to Cuartocruz, the outcome is a pressure to the recently accredited curricular programs and early plans and strategies are set for the next evaluation.

“Double effort ang kailangan kasi mas challenging na this time. Siyempre, if possible we aim na maging number one pa din, pero hindi maganda na confident. Greater prize means greater work,” she added.

Meanwhile, Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management and Masters in Public Administration together with Masters in Business Administration got a 4.35 grand mean followed BS Biology who earned 4.32 grand mean.

BS Agriculture also made a record with 4.28 succeeded by Bachelor in Elementary Education (BEED) with 4.08.

“Lahat ng mga colleges ay nag- exert ng effort. They did what must be done. Marami pang dapat gawin dahil mas marami pang challenges,” Cuartocruz said.

The college dean also reiterated the advantage of the said survey visit to the students who take the aforetold courses, serving quality educational services and eminent strategy in upholding students to accounting related in- depth courses in order to ready them whenever they graduate.

“Amazing, I know naman na the college will undeniably get it. The faculty are indeed competent enough to paramount the occurrence. And we feel glad, actually pati yung mga ka- course ko, kasi it just means na quality talaga yung pinoprovide for the students,” shared Julian Buencosejo, BSA 3 student.

| Ruel G. Demain