Accreditation Process

APPLICANT STATUS

An educational institution committed to institutional self- improvement through the
guidance of PAASCU may request to become an Applicant Institution.

  1. Requirements:
    1. Application letter from the President or Director of the Institution, addressed to
      the PAASCU Board of Directors.
    2. Department of Education/CHED certificate of recognition
      • Submission of the documents supporting the institution’s case for acceptance
        should include the institution’s objectives, history, organizational structure and
        by-laws, principal administrators, number of faculty members, number of
        students, and any other materials /brochures/ manuals/ or other publications.
      • Payment of an application fee.
  2. PAASCU’s Actions and Responsibilities:
    1. Formal acceptance as an Applicant Institution.
    2. Assistance through Consultancy Services.

CANDIDATE STATUS

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:
    1. Completion of a preliminary survey visit.
    2. Implementation of the recommendations of the preliminary survey team.
    3. Completion of an Institutional Self-Survey using the PAASCU survey
      forms.
    4. Submission of the accomplished Self-Survey at least one (1) month prior to
      Formal Survey Visit.
    5. Assessment which is on candidate status is on until such time that it meets
      the requirements of a Member Institution.
  2. PAASCU’s Actions and Responsibilities:
    1. Consultancy services, particularly during the Institutional Self- Survey
      process, are made available.
    2. Scheduling of a Formal Survey Visit upon request of the institution.

MEMBER STATUS

A Candidate Institution which has fulfilled the requirements of accreditation may
be granted Member status.

  1. Requirements:
    1. The Institution should receive a favorable rating after the Formal Survey
      Visit.
    2. The Institution should implement the recommendations of the Formal
      Survey Team.
    3. Payment of the membership fee.
    4. 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.
    5. Applies for re-accreditation if the second formal visit is favorable, then
      accreditation is awarded for a period of five (5) years.
  2. PAASCU’s Actions and Responsibilities:
    1. Consultancy services to strengthen the areas needing improvement.
    2. Assistance through school improvement program and services.
    3. Continued liaison with FAAP and the Department of Education and the
      Commission on Higher Education.