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Accreditation Process

An educational institution committed to institutional self- improvement through the
guidance of PAASCU may request to become an Applicant Institution.
1. Requirements:
a. Application letter from the President or Director of the Institution, addressed to
the PAASCU Board of Directors.
b. Department of Education/CHED certificate of recognition
Submission of the documents supporting the institutions case for acceptance
should include the institutions objectives, history, organizational structure and bylaws, principal administrators, number of faculty members, number of students, and
any other materials /brochures/ manuals/ or other publications.
Payment of an application fee.
2. PAASCUs Actions and Responsibilities:
a. Formal acceptance as an Applicant Institution.
b. Assistance through Consultancy Services.
Candidate status is granted to institutions which have completed their preliminary
survey visit and preparing for initial accreditation. Candidacy is not accreditation
and does not assure eventual accreditation. It is an indication that an institution is
progressing toward accreditation.
1. Requirements:
a. Completion of a preliminary survey visit.
b. Implementation of the recommendations of the preliminary survey team.
c. Completion of an Institutional Self-Survey using the PAASCU survey forms.
d. Submission of the accomplished Self-Survey at least one (1) month prior to
Formal Survey Visit.
e. Assessment which is on candidate status is on until such time that it meets the
requirements of a Member Institution.
2. PAASCUs Actions and Responsibilities:

a. Consultancy services, particularly during the Institutional Self- Survey process,

are made available.
b. Scheduling of a Formal Survey Visit upon request of the institution.
A Candidate Institution which has fulfilled the requirements of accreditation may be
granted Member status.
1. Requirements:
a. The Institution should receive a favorable rating after the Formal Survey Visit.
b. The Institution should implement the recommendations of the Formal Survey
c. Payment of the membership fee.
d. Favorable evaluation by a PAASCU Formal Survey Team leads to the granting of
accreditation for a period of three (3) years. With this, the institution becomes a full
member of the Association. At the end of the initial three-year accreditation period,
the school undergoes another self- evaluation.
e. Applies for re-accreditation if the second formal visit is favorable, then
accreditation is awarded for a period of five (5) years.
2. PAASCUs Actions and Responsibilities:
a. Consultancy services to strengthen the areas needing improvement.
b. Assistance through school improvement program and services.
c. Continued liaison with FAAP and the Department of Education and the
Commission on Higher Education.


Step One:
Request PAASCU for an orientation on the accreditation and self-survey
Step Two:
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chair Co-Chair Secretary Area Chairs
AREA SUBCOMMITTEES Chair Co-chair Secretary Members (Teachers and
Step Three:
Reaffirm/formulate/reformulate the schools vision, mission and goals
Step Four :
Answer the self-survey form
A. Do an Analysis:
a. Gather data
b. Conduct meetings
c. Undertake surveys
B. Do an Evaluation Rate the provision or condition using a five point scale
5 Excellent
4 Very Good
3 Good
M Missing: if the provisions or conditions are missing but needed
O - Does not apply: if the provisions or conditions do not apply or are not
Step Five:
Answer the COMMENTS section of the self-survey form
Step Six:
Formulate the: BEST FEATURES and RECOMMENDATIONS of the areas
being surveyed
BEST FEATURES: The school commends
RECOMMENDATIONS: The school recommends
Step Seven: Compute the statistical rating for each area

Step Eight : Present area reports to the school community for feedback and
Integrate into the report feedback and suggestions if appropriate.
Step Nine:
Consolidate the Institutional Self Survey Report
Step Ten :
Submit to PAASCU the Self-Survey Report pertinent documents one month
before the visit of the accrediting team.
1. Statutes or By-laws
2. Administrative
3. Manual
4. Faculty Manual
5. Student Handbook
6. Organizational Chart
7. Current Enrolment Figures
8. Class Schedules
9. School Newspaper
10.Literary Magazine/School Publication
1. A team of voluntary accreditors is sent to visit the institution to
validate the self-survey done by the school.
2. Classroom observations are done; individual interviews & group
meetings are held; facilities are checked; and operations are observed.
3. Progress report
4. Wrap up
1. Set up the room/headquarters for the visit
2. Coordinate with the PAASCU Office for the accreditors transportation,
board and lodging
3. Welcome the Accrediting Team
4. Orientation Kits
5. Name tags or IDs
6. Tokens



This area looks into the qualifications of the faculty, academic degrees,
teaching experience, teaching performance, salary and fringe benefits, faculty
development program, etc.


This area looks into the delivery of instruction, the curriculum, syllabi,
classroom management, supervision of instruction, academic counselling, and cocurricular activities.


This area looks at the library holdings, audio visual aids and other equipment
or technologies that support the schools academic programs.


This area examines laboratory facilities and equipment needed in general

science, biology, physics, and chemistry. It also looks at computer laboratories and
reading/speech laboratories.


This area looks at the different buildings and facilities of the school campus in
terms of function, maintenance, safety and adequacy.


This area examines the different services to students outside the classroom,
such as guidance and counselling, extracurricular activities, cafeteria services,
health services and other services.


This area looks at the different aspects of school governance: the

organizational chart, qualifications and performance of administrators, business and
records management, planning and development.


This area focuses on the schools service to the community in a more direct
and immediate manner and how it impacts on the formation of students.