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Friday, June 10, 2016

Bicol U targets SUC Level-5 status

By Julius Embile

LEGAZPI CITY, June 9 (PIA) – Aiming to be amongst the country’s world-class universities, the Bicol University (BU) now sets it sights in attaining a ‘State University and College’ (SUC) Level-5 status by 2018.

Fresh from having three of the university’s departments as ‘center of developments and excellence’, BU president Arnulfo Mascariñas plans to keep the momentum of achievements going by baring the administration’s plans of SUC Level-5 accreditation.

 The plan underpins the university’s performance targets along key result areas (KRA) specified on the recently released Department of Budget and Management-Commission of Higher Education (DBM-CHED) Joint Circular No.1 series 2016, also known as the revised FY 2016 SUC Leveling Instrument and Guidelines. Jointly formulated by CHED and DBM, along with the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), the circular categorizes SUCs into five levels.

In accordance with the law, the SUC’s leveling is guided by principles of alignment with ASEAN standards, typology-based quality standards, and movement towards outcomes. SUC leveling will be along quality and relevance of instructions, research capability and output, community service, and resource management.

Based on the 2013 to 2015 statistics, BU was categorized as a Level-4 SUC. With this, Mascariñas is now rallying the faculty and staff of the university to push for the Level-5 status to “realize BU’s vision of a world-class university”.

To achieve this goal, Mascariñas said the school would be setting-up mechanisms ensuring collaborative work from the whole university. One of these is gearing the individual and office performance commitment review (IPCR/OPCR) towards the KRAs. The new IPCR and OPCR would be uniquely designed, as individual performance would affect college and department performance, and vise-versa.

“If we want to build a world-class university, it should start from our faculty members. I believe that the faculty members, our personnel, and our non-teaching staff, they are the best resources we ever have”, said Mascariñas

BU is also plans to send qualified applicants to top universities of the ASEAN region, such as the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University. Should BU achieve the said target, they would comparatively be one of the best universities in Asia. (MAL/JBE-PIA5)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/3301465456303/bicol-u-targets-suc-level-5-status#sthash.S2TjlWVs.dpuf

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