The University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC), Davao City, Philippines, reached another academic milestone as they received an ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance (AUN-QA) Certification on their programs in March 2023. The following programs were certified after a thorough assessment: the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy.
The certification took place in 3-days, from the opening program on March 28, 2023, to the closing ceremony on March 30, 2023, at the UIC-ITRC Training Center.
Dr. Jo-Ann Y. Solomon, the Planning and Quality Management Officer, discussed the program assessment application’s preparation, which began with several meetings. She stated that the sessions involved a comprehensive review of the four programs based on 11 criteria, utilizing a 7-point scale rating.
She shared the collaborative approach at UIC in overcoming challenges. They embraced shared responsibility by forming a Self-Assessment Report (SAR) Team for each program, and they worked on specific tasks tied to the 11 criteria of the program-level assessment. The engagement of team members extended beyond task assignments; they actively crafted the SAR and gathered evidential components, fostering a comprehensive and collective effort in addressing challenges.
The effort and cooperation of university personnel made this milestone possible. Throughout the process, the QA office, deans, faculty, staff, and students work hand-in-hand to encourage and motivate each other.
The university has been an Associate Member of AUN-QA since March 2018. It offers other AUN-QA-certified bachelor programs such as Secondary Education (majors in English, Sciences, Mathematics, Filipino), Elementary Education, Business Administration, and Psychology.