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The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation, Inc. (PACUCOA) has declared in an October 2022 letter to University of Batangas (UB) that the institution has the 4th highest number of accredited programs in the Philippines.
The same letter also mentions that UB earned awards for certain master’s and doctoral programs that no other Region IV institution has garnered yet, making the university a leading institution in this part of the country.
The October letter specifies that the University’s Master of Science in Mathematics is the first of its kind in Region IV to receive Level III Reaccredited Status. The same letter indicates that UB’s Doctor of Philosophy in Business Management and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration earned the same regional honor and reaccreditation status that the master’s program in mathematics garnered.
Meanwhile, the University’s Master of Business Management and Master of Public Administration are the first in the same region to garner Level IV Accredited Status. The official website of PACUCOA explains that Level III Reaccredited Status gives UB, among other things, the privilege to offer open learning and distance education for tertiary programs that received that award. A Level III reaccreditation also enables the institution to freely offer new courses allied to Level III-reaccredited programs, without the need for prior approval from the Commission on Higher Education.
On the other hand, PACUCOA grants Level IV Accredited Status to academic programs whose quality is comparable to similar programs in excellent foreign universities. PACUCOA is a private accrediting agency that aims, among others, to indicate which institutions deserve public recognition and which academic programs maintain excellent educational standards.
The UB Accreditation Team was led by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Aurora P. Tolentino and the Director for Accreditation, Recognition, and Awards, Dr. Roel A. Asi. UB will formally receive the accreditation and reaccreditation awards on December 2, 2022 at a Zoom online event.