Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities
The Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU) is a voluntary accrediting agency in the private sector.
PAASCU was founded in 1957 and since 1967 the Bureau of Education and Culture (now the Department of Education, Culture and Sports) officially recognised PAASCU and endorsed its work as an accrediting agency which accredits academic programs which meet commonly accepted standards of quality education.
PAASCU began accreditation of secondary schools in 1965. The accreditation of elementary schools was started in 1971, graduate school accreditation in 1988, basic education accreditation in 2001, and accreditation of medical schools in 2003. On the graduate level, PAASCU accredits courses or programs in Liberal Arts/Sciences, Education and Business Administration.
The Association does not impose arbitrary standards. The survey forms developed by PAASCU identify principles and practices which are found in excellent institutions. The statements in the survey forms are more qualitative rather than quantitative. The Association does not have specific formulas to apply or particular patterns of organization to follow.
Membership to other agencies
Since 1991, PAASCU has been a full member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), and it is also an active member of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN).
PAASCU also has linkages with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a private, nonprofit national organisation that coordinates accreditation activity in the United States.
Member Institutions will be published online on http://www.paascu.org.ph/home2010/?page_id=230 (currently unavailable).
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