3 grad programs undergo prelim accreditation survey

By Aljon P. Tugaoen


In its strong commitment to quality graduate education, Mariano Marcos State University is subjecting three of its graduate programs to an internal preliminary survey from November 23 to 24, 2022, at the MMSU Hostel.


The activity is an important step as the Master of Arts in Education - Major in Ilokano Studies, Master in Information Technology, and Professional Science Masters - Renewable Energy Engineering gears up for accreditation by the Accrediting Association of Charted Colleges and Universities in the Philippines.


A team composed of Dr. Jocelyn Bernabe (for MAED-IS), Dr. Rosabel Acosta (MIT), and, Dr. Lawrence Eclarin (PSMREE), currently serve as internal accreditors. They are evaluating the programs through verification of documents and virtual interview sessions with selected stakeholders (alumni, local government officials, industry and community partners).


With a signed agreement between the university and AACCUP, certified accreditors of the university now serve as internal accreditors for PSVs. In November, the BA in Communication program was the first to be internally assessed.   


“Accreditation gets harder as we level up, but we will work hand in hand for the success of this preliminary accreditation,” said Dr. Doreen Domingo, graduate school dean. She expressed her gratitude to the programs’ faculty “whose efforts and sacrifice are limitless.”


Engr. Ami Ruth Cocson, vice-president for planning and development, stressed, “This accreditation ensures our programs are on a par with national standards, and with international quality.”


Present also in the event were Dr. Bjorn Santos, program chair of PSM-REE and research director, and Prof. Reynold Villacillo, quality assurance director. (JVBT/HYL, StratCom)