CHED: LGU ordinances not enough to support existence of local colleges
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (4 June) -- Local government units (LGU) wanting to open colleges in their localities must first comply with the requirements set by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Thus clarified Eloisa Paderanga, Ph.D., Regional Director of CHED, Region 10, who said it is not enough that the existence of the local colleges and universities (LCU) are based only on ordinances.
Per CHED-X report of 2008, Region 10 has a total of six local colleges which are created under a local ordinance to support their existence in the locality.
However, there has been an observed proliferation of local colleges which continue to operate and offer programs/courses even if they poorly comply and do not strictly adhere with CHED policies and standards in spite of the constant coordination and monitoring done by their office, Paderanga said.
Accordingly, CHED Memorandum No. 32 provides that all existing local higher education institutions (HEI) are given eight years to comply with the CHED requirements in terms of the set standards and gives the LCU's only one year to comply as to the composition, powers and functions of the Board of Trustees or Board of Regents (BOT/BOR).
"It is, therefore, alarming that all the LCU's in region 10 have continued operating even without completing the full requirements of CHED and not fully complying with the set policies and standards, especially, in courses which require board or licensure examination, thereby affecting the quality of education of the students," Paderanga said.
Ideally students should have the same exposure and training especially along activities that require laboratories/standard equipment, as provided for, by other public and private schools that are compliant of CHED policies and standards.
Therefore, it is imperative for the LGU's to strictly adhere with the appropriate policies, standards and guidelines governing the establishment of the LCU's in accordance with Republic Act No. 7722, the CHED-10 Regional Director said.
Otherwise known as the Higher Education Act of 1994, RA 7722 grants CHED authority over all HEI's, both private and public and mandates it to ensure that State policies on the provision of quality education, particularly on continuous intellectual growth, advancement of learning and research and education of high level and middle professionals are complied with.
As provided for by RA 7722, CHED is tasked to monitor and evaluate the performance and programs of HEI's for appropriate incentives, including the imposition of sanctions, such as, but not limited, to diminution or withdrawal of subsidy, recommendation on the downgrading or withdrawal of accreditation, program termination or school closure, among others. (PIA-10) [top]