LCUP IS NOW AN AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY
Graduate School’s New Program Offerings in 2016-2017
CHED GRANTS ‘AUTONOMOUS’ STATUS TO LCUP
La Consolacion University Philippines was granted an Autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Educatio (CHED) as a private institution on April 2016. Dr. Caridad O. Abuan, CESO III, DirectorIV of the CHED- Regional Office III, who was the Commencement Speaker during the 24th Graduate School and48th Undergraduate Commencement Exercises, made the announcement held at the newly-renovated Kalinangan Gymnasium on the 15th of May, 2016. The announcement was received with a thunderous applause by the administration, faculty, parents and students.
Dr. Abuan explained that the status of autonomous and deregulated private higher education institution bundles up with benefits and responsibilities such as being recognized by international colleges and universities giving LCUP graduates an edge and competitiveness in the global job market.
The Office of the President of the Philippines, through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) awarded La Consolacion University Philippines the Autonomous Status during the 22nd CHED Anniversary Celebration held at the CHED Auditorium at U.P. Diliman, Quezon City. The Commission on Higher Education,through the CHED Memorandum Order ( CMO ) No. 20 Series of 2016, grants La Consolacion University Philippines autonomy and deregulated status based on its volume of research outputs, instructional excellence, and extension services. It continues to service the community through its pioneering educational endeavors.
LCUP joins the ranks of four more universities in Region 3 to be awarded with three years of autonomous status.
LCUP FORGES TIES WITH BMC
The signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between La Consolacion University Philippines and the Bulacan Medical Center (BMC) took place at the Rambutan Hall of the BarCIE International Center in the morning of December 2, 2015. This memorable event laid down the foundation of partnership, not only between the two institutions, but a partnership with the provincial government of Bulacan as well.
It was Honorable Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado himself who signed the MOA with the University President, Sr. Imelda A. Mora, OSA, together with witnesses thereto in the persons of Dr. Protacio Badjao (BMC Director), Dr. Mamerto Bernabe (Dean, College of Medicine), Dr. Manuel Aves (Dean, College of Allied Medical Sciences) and Ms. Maricor Segismundo (Administrative Assistant to the VPAA), who represented Dr. Alvin Nuqui. This was made to seal the agreement of BMC as the base hospital for future LCUP medical students’ internship and as a future source of a pool of medical doctors willing to serve the community.
MPA PROGRAM LEVELS UP
It is raining accolades at LCUP! The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation ( PACUCOA ) grants the Master in Public Administration of the LCUP Level IV Accreditation Status, the first MPA Program in the Philippines accorded such distinction. LCUP gained its Level I accreditation in May, 1996 which lasted until May, 1998. Its level II status certificate commenced in January, 1998 to January, 2001.
It was granted first and second reaccredited status for a period of 5 years in November, 2001-2006 and April, 2007-2012 respectively. From July, 2009 to July, 2014, LCUP held a Level III reaccredited status for a period of 5 years. La Consolacion University Philippines engaged the PACUCOA experts to render a consultation visit on August 22, 2015. The visit gauged the readiness of LCUP for Level IV accreditation.
Level IV Criteria
The criteria from which the Level IV Accreditation status were based are as follows: (1) Research as seen in the number of, scope and impact of scholarly publications in refereed national and international journals;(2) Teaching and learning as proven in excellent performance of graduates and continuing assessment of student achievements; (3) Community service and the impact of contributions to economic and social upliftment on both regional and national levels; (4) Evidences of international linkages and consortia; and (5) Well-developed planning processes which support quality assurance mechanisms.
CBEA PERFORMS BEYOND NAT’L AVERAGE IN RECENT CPA EXAMS
The College of Business,Entrepreneurship and Accountancy (CBEA) boasts of a 66.67% overall passing percentage in the May 2016 CPA Licensure Examination, surpassing the national average of 42.91%. Of the two first time takers of the CPA Licensure Examination, one passed and one failed. Among the ten repeat takers of the licensure, seven passed and three failed. The following students of LCUP – CBEA are now Certified Public Accountants: Andan,Jeffrey A.; Aquino, John Mark R.; Bernardino, Karla Mae E.; Reyes, John Zyriel B.; San Pedro, Kevin R.; Valdez, Marylon V.; Villalon, Glenn H.; and, Villanueva, Rosette Aiza S. Dean Alma Centeno of CBEA stressed that the result motivates the department to aspire higher than the current performance. She promises to continue the updating and improvement of the refresher courses given by the accountancy faculty to LCUP examinees.
8 STUDENTS PASS IN JULY 2016 RADTECH BOARD EXAMS
Eight students from the Radiologic Technology program of the College of Allied Medical Sciences passed the July 2016 Radiologic Technology Board Exams. The passers included: Caleon, Mark Joseph; Chavez, Jeff Dean C.; Mag-isa, Mark Jayson D.; Rogelio, John Kevin E.; Eusebio, Lailah Lou V.; Manuel, Ainna G.; Reyes, Kristine Jem M.; and Salazar, Bea Fatima I. The school’s overall performance also went beyond national standards. LCUP posed a 66.67% passing rate, higher than the national average of 42.76%. Out of the 10 first-takers, eight of them passed, rating in at an 80% passing rate for firsttakers.
This was a welcome improvement for the BSRT programs of the CAMS, coming from a below national passing rate from last year’s figures.
LCUP OPENS SENIOR HIGHSCOOL
The La Consolacion University Philippines (LCUP) joins the entire country in the implementation of the Senior High School (SHS) this year, with 2,667 students for its pioneering batch. Prof. Olivia Almario of the Barasoain Campus and Dr. Enrico Rosales of the Catmon Campus collaborate in managing the SHS in the two campuses. Mr. Rorimar Mallari is appointed as the VicePrincipal for the Senior High School in Barasoain and Mr. Virgilio Bantigue for Catmon, and Mr, Isidro Novilla acts as the department’s Student Development Services Officer. Completing the department’s administrative line up are its guidance counselors: Ms. Karen Rendeza in the Barasoain Campus, and Ms. Filomena de Jesus and Ms. Mylah Sison for the Catmon Campus.
PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR LCUP COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
La Consolacion opens its door to incoming medical students come August 2016 after being assessed and evaluated by the Commission on Higher Education Technical Committee for Medical Education on March 14, 2016. The Doctor of Medicine Program is an addition to the growing family of LCUP. Aside from local enrollees to the College of Medicine, it expects the registration of foreign medical students coming from its Indian partners who join LCUP in establishing its pioneering endeavors in the field of medical program. LCUP has prepared its facilities by building a new structure for the incoming medical students.
‘DOLCE AMORE’ SCENES SHOT AT LCUP
ABS – CBN’s toprated teleserye, ”Dolce Amore” chose to shoot the concert scene at LCUP’s open stage and the newly airconditioned Kalinangan Gym last May 25-26, 2016. Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Sue Ramirez, Andrew E., Sunshine Cruz and the rest of the cast appreciated the truly accommodating and welcoming atmosphere of LCUP. The episode was aired within the week of shooting.
LIBERAL ARTS, EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS MERGE AS CASE
The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) and the College of Education (CE) merges as the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education (CASE) under the leadership of Ms. Divina Ann M. Eusebio, the former dean of Education and the newly appointed dean of CASE. The merger is aligned with the objective of increasing the student population in the college level while prepping for Level IV PAASCU Accreditation. According to Dean Eusebio, Sr. Mora challenges the department to carve its niche as the center of development for Education. She also mentioned some suggestions for improvement of the CASE, including the review and revision of the curriculum, innovative programs and courses, and updating of facilities.
GRADUATE SCHOOL ALMOST HITS 500% INCREASE IN ENROLLMENT
The Graduate school department has experienced a drastic increase in its enrolment this year. For the 1st trimester of SY 2015-2016, official count states that it has enrolled 1,593 students, a huge increase compared to last year’s 332 students within the same time period. The huge chunk of these enrollees are listed under the MA in Education and Master of Business Administration programs. Both of these programs are currently Level III accredited by the PACUCOA. This increase in enrollment is contributed to many reasons. The Graduate School has since moved from traditional classroom based pedagogy to a more industry based/ research based approach. The department had also established close professional relationships with top-rank positions in the Department of Education, hence getting their endorsement for DepEd school teachers to enroll for the MAEd programs. Professors were likewise tapped from DepED/ CHED top-rank officials.
LCUP GOES INTERNATIONAL
Dr. Alvin V. Nuqui, Executive Vice President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Graduate School proves himself as busy as a bee in networking and linking La Consolacion University Philippines internationally. With all the accomplishments LCUP garnered during his incumbency, there is no way for the VP but to move on and soar high for the benefit of LCUP stakeholders. Here’s a glimpse of his tall orders:
Monitoring of the students in Thailand who were On-the-Job training
Presentation of a research paper given recognition in India.
Networking with the University of Minnesota and monitoring of HRM students’ On-the–Job training in the U.S.A.
June 16, 2016
Honored as keynote speaker on computer education at Chung-ang University in South Korea.
During his monitoring and networking stints, Dr. Nuqui commended the working conditions of the satisfied LCUP students who got free board and lodging, as well as, OJT allowance and compensation to smile about. The OJT students were well taken care of by LCUP industry partners. The near future still deems hectic for the dynamic and energetic Vice President as LCUP carves its niche in educating students with an Augustinian Marian spirit and excelling as the only Catholic University in the Province of Bulacan.