PAASCU stands for Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities. It is a private, voluntary, non-profit and non- stock corporation which was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 5, 1957.
PAASCU is a service organization that accredits academic programs which meet standards of quality education. In November 1967, the Bureau of Education and Culture (now the Department of Education) officially recognized PAASCU and endorsed its work as an accrediting agency. PAASCU is also one of the three founding members of the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP), which was established in 1977 and is authorized by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to certify the levels of accredited programs for the purpose of granting progressive deregulation and other benefits.
PAASCU is a founding member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) which was established in 1991. INQAAHE is a world-wide association of over 200 organizations active in the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education. PAASCU is also a founding member of the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN). PAASCU’s accreditation of medical schools has also been certified by the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA) which is based in Washington, D.C.