The College of Agriculture and Food Science is moving to strengthen its programs further through AACUP accreditation. Two of the college's programs which are BS in Development Communication and BS in Food Technology are preparing to undergo Level III phase 2 AACCUP accreditation on January 29 to February 2, 2018, in order to qualify for Level III reaccredited status.
With a successful reaccreditation, BS DevCom and BS Foodtech together with the other programs offered by the other colleges, will climb a step higher to the coveted Level IV status, which is currently held the University's flagship Program, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. The college's masters programs, MS Agriculture and MAgDev Agriculture (with various major fields of specialization) and its MS and MAgDev Development Communication also bear the Level IV reaccredited status.Meanwhile, CAFS' Doctoral programs in Animal Science, Horticulture, Agricultural Education, Entomology, and Plant Pathology are now preparing for accreditation for Level I status. The continuous effort to improve accreditation standing has made the College a primary contributor in attaining the university's Level III institutional accreditation status.
Former Quality Assurance Centre (QAC) Director, Dr. Lualhati Noriel, admits that it has not been an easy road, with requirements being numerous and tedious to collect. But the effort does not go to waste as she shared that aside from the bearing it has on the budget given to the university, accreditation has been instrumental in maintaining the University's status among SUC's, as VSU is now being looked up to as a model school.
“We are really working hard and are being seen as a model by other Universities. They are coming here to do benchmarking. Recently, CNU faculty visited VSU, and Naval Statue University is also inquiring about it”, said Dr. Noriel.