UPLB BS Biology Program gets AUN-QA Standard Accreditation
UPLB’s BS Biology program under the Institute of Biological Sciences (IBS) of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), has received certification as an accredited program under the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) System on November 5, 2014. The date of effectivity is from Feb. 18, 2014 to Feb. 17, 2018.The accreditation signifies that the UPLB BS Biology curriculum adheres to international academic standards, and it is at par with biology programs from other leading ASEAN universities within the network. This is the first and so far the only AUN-QA accreditation for any BS Biology program in the Philippines.
As one of only three member universities in the Philippines of the ASEAN University Network, UP is embarking on a series of assessments of undergraduate degree programs from the different CUs under the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) model. The assessment focuses on 15 criteria centered on expected learning outcomes as reflected in the curriculum, program specification, structure and content, teaching and learning strategy, student assessment, academic staff, support staff and student quality, student advice and support, facilities and infrastructure, quality assurance of teaching and learning process, staff development activities, stakeholders feedback and satisfaction and quality of graduates. So far, three (3) degree programs from UPD and UPLB have successfully undergone the assessment and more academic programs are being scheduled in the coming year. Programs for QA assessment, selected based on certain criteria, will undergo a pre-assessment. The University is also developing its own pool of AUN-QA qualified assessors to help in the propagation of quality assessment in the University.