THE Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines has confirmed the granting of Institutional Accreditation status to Silliman University, making it the first recipient in the Visayas and one of only five schools in the Philippines.
Institutional accreditation is the highest distinction awarded to a school, in consideration of its number of individual program accreditations and the result of an overall evaluation of the quality of its facilities, services and faculty.
?Truly, this is a nice Christmas gift to Silliman University,? Silliman President Dr. Ben Malayang III said.
He said the recent development reflects the continuing challenge to the university to give life to its Christian ministry of education and constantly improve its programs and services.
Dr. Malayang was grateful to the members of the Administration team, especially to the vice president for Academic Affairs Dr. Betsy Joy Tan and vice president for Finance and Administration Prof. Cleonico Fontelo.
He also cited former Silliman president Dr. Agustin Pulido, who, he said, started the current accreditation initiatives in the university.
The other schools granted institutional accreditation are Centro Escolar University, Trinity University of Asia, Ateneo de Naga University and Ateneo de Davao University.
Silliman is also among the select universities in the Philippines granted Full Autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). This grants authority to the university to develop its own programs without the necessary approval of CHED.
Previous to this, CHED had already designated Silliman as a Center of Excellence in both Teacher Education and Nursing Education a Center of Development in Accountancy, Biology, and Information Technology Education.