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Ms. Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan (csecond from left), responds to a query from one of the accreditors of the First Survey Visit for eight BukSU programs on June 18, 2019 Photo by Christopher P. Cordova/ICT-SU

Ms. Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan (second from left), responds to a query from one of the accreditors of the First Survey Visit for eight BukSU programs on June 18, 2019
Photo by Christopher P. Cordova/ICT-SU

MALAYBALAY CITY (IPS) Members of the AACCUP survey local task force said working in the quality
assurance journey of the university has helped them gain more sense of ownership of the university’s work.

AACCUP is Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines.  The agency sent a 19-member survey team on June 17 to 19, 2019 to check on the compliance of eight university programs submitted by the university for Level 1 accreditation. (See related story and another here)

“It makes me feel automatically responsible of the quality of the programs, Ms. Loreta Sol L. Dinlayan, member of the Area 1 Vision/Mission task force for the AB Philosophy program for this first survey visit.

Through the accreditation preparation, she added, they discovered the strengths and weaknesses of their program.
“Then we learned new strategies to improve it,” said Ms. Dinlayan, a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Social Sciences Department.

She felt more useful and have a sense of accomplishment for her contribution. She said taking part in AACCUP work
make faculty members more committed to the interests of the stakeholders.

She joined the then Bukidnon State College in 1994. She said the higher the accreditation level applied for, the more intense is the need to document the impacts of the programs.

Ms. Dinlayan also heads the universityʾs Bukidnon Studies Center, which houses an Ethno-Cultural Museum.

Learning proper documentation on everything to support claims, is one of the things Ms. Desiree Ann I. Dales, another social science department faculty, learned from her AACCUP work.

“It is a reminder for the faculty on what we need to achieve in the areas of research, extension, and most especially,
instruction,” she added.AACCUP work, she said, has also allowed faculty members to help each other.“It has created a community out of us. It has challenged our patience, perseverance and humility. As they say, whatever is subjected to fire is purified,” she added.Mr. Kim Timula, Area VI coordinator of Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) program, described their
preparation as smooth.

Obtaining the documents was easier, he added, because they are already familiar with the kind of documents during the Preliminary Survey Visit. So they accomplished the documents ahead of time.

Mr. Nestor Peñalver, College of Business Area VI coordinator, said though AACCUP work made them lose some sleep and doubled their effort given different constraints, it is still fun.

Even those on study leave, he said, had to pitch in. But he said in the end, they were able to help the university
and its programs advance to the next level. (Walter I. Balane with a report from Ms. Maria Efrelij J. Cuadra)