May 05, 2021
Holy Angel University (HAU) notched another milestone in its continuing advance to academic excellence as the ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) recently awarded international certification to three of the university’s academic programs. The assessment results, which were released on May 5, 2021, granted the AUN-QA recognition to HAU’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Criminology, and Bachelor of Elementary Education degree programs for a period of five years.
The accreditation of these programs earned for HAU the distinction of being the first higher education institution (HEI) in Northern Luzon to be certified by the AUN-QA, the premier assessment body in higher education in ASEAN.
The recognition also made the HAU BS Criminology program the first criminology degree course in the Philippines to have secured the AUN-QA certification.
The recognition was the result of the assessment activities conducted by the AUN-QA assessors which included site visits, analysis of the Self-Assessment Reports (SARs), and validation of the SARs through interviews with faculty, students, alumni, non-teaching personnel, and employers.
“The process of writing the SAR is rigorous because the criteria required an in-depth assessment of the internal processes, systems, and structures. It was imperative to implement a clear strategy to direct the production of the SAR,” shared Dr. Janette Rodriguez, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS).
Dean Rodriguez explained that the preparation required batteries of meetings which analyzed each criterion with the performance indicators and diagnostic questions, presentation of initial write-up with relevant data and support documents, series of revisions, consolidation, and the final edited report.
“Essentially, writing the SAR has engaged the whole university, not just the program submitted for assessment. It was an enriching experience to be part of the SAR Team,” Dean Rodriguez declared.
The AUN-QA assessment at the programme level covers the following 11 criteria: Expected Learning Outcomes, Programme Specification, Programme Structure and Content, Teaching and Learning Approach, Student Assessment, Academic Staff Quality, Support Staff Quality, Student Quality and Support, Facilities and Infrastructure, Quality Enhancement, and Output. The assessment report also presented the individual programs' strengths and areas for improvement.
Dr. Alma Natividad, dean of the School of Education (SEd), stated that “the program assessment report from the AUN-QA is beneficial for us because we were able to identify the unique strengths and weaknesses of our programs.”
Describing the assessment process, Dr. Niño Kabiling, dean of the College of Criminal Justice Education and Forensics (CCJEF) said “quality assurance is an ongoing quest of the college. Aiming for excellence and the offering of quality education for the BS Criminology program is best measured through the program assessment of the AUN-QA.”
CCJEF Dean Kabiling further said that the assessment “provided the program with improved process controls, internal system monitoring, quality of work and output, culture of improvement and collaboration. This leads us to a clearer path of quality assurance which we can all journey together.”
SAS Dean Rodriguez added that “the AUN-QA has raised the bar in the quality assurance of the Psychology Program through its comprehensive and inclusive SAR, touching every facet of the program’s management and operation. The assessment visit may be daunting but edifying and transformative. The competent assessors unified our efforts for the continuous quality improvement of the program and its processes.”
SEd Dean Natividad concluded, “I can describe our AUN-QA experience in four words: challenging, demanding, exciting, and fulfilling.”
The AUN-QA seeks to harmonize educational standards and continuously improve academic quality in universities in the ASEAN region.