Engr. Angelica Q. Dolores, Supervising Education Program Specialist of the Commission on Higher Education–Regional Office I (CHED-ROI), was the speaker in the orientation program on Institutional Sustainability Assessment (ISA), held on 22 November 2022 at the Tadena Hall.

Dolores presented the rationale and guidelines of the assessment program of CHED, which complements institutional accreditation, program accreditation, and the certification for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Engr. Dolores stresses the mandate of Higher Education Institutions to continuously assure the quality of its programs and services provided to students and other stakeholders.

Underscoring the value of ethical and responsive work culture in the University, Dr. Erwin F. Cadorna, University President, reiterated UNP’s commitment to quality assurance, true to its vision and mission.

“Our mandates in instruction, research, and extension should transition into the internationalization of education and lifelong learning,” Cadorna emphasized.

Dr. Rolando B. Navarro, Vice President for Academic Affairs, also situated the said endeavor within the need to be globally recognized through university rankings such as the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education (THE) measures.

Dolores emphasized that ISA is crucial as “a learning process for the institution and thus contribute[s] to its continuing quality cycle.”

ISA examines universities and colleges in terms of five key result areas, namely: governance and management; quality of teaching and learning; quality of professional exposure, research, and creative work/innovation; support for students; and relations with the community.

She also added that quality programs are assessed through quality of students and graduates, and quality systems are assessed through tools such as ISA that show the internal capacity of universities and colleges to translate vision, policy, and strategy into quality programs and quality results.

She zeroed in on the development of the self-evaluation document (SED) through which UNP will evaluate, in a constructively self-critical manner, its performance against the criteria of the CHED ISA framework.

“The self-evaluation is an opportunity for the institution to reflect on what it is doing, why it is doing it, and why it does it in the way that it does,” Dolores added.

University officials, deans, assistant deans, and directors attended the orientation program.

Dr. Erwin F. Cadorna awards the certificate of recognition to Engr. Dolores.

Source: UNP Public Information Office