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XU-Ateneo de Cagayan's full autonomy status continues

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (22 September) -- Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (XU-Ateneo) in Cagayan de Oro City has continued to maintain its full autonomy status granted under Memorandum Order No. 32 series of 2001 of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

"The grant of full autonomy status establishes XU-Ateneo as having, among others, outstanding overall performance for its graduates in licensure examinations and long tradition of integrity and untarnished reputation," Eloisa W. Paderanga, Ph.D., Regional Director of CHED, region 10, said.

As such, XU-Ateneo is exempted from the issuance of special orders (S.O.), free from CHED monitoring and evaluation and free to determine and prescribe their curricular programs and entitlement to grant of subsidies and other financial incentives/ assistance from CHED, she said.

Other benefits that XU-Ateneo enjoy are: the privilege to offer new courses/programs in the undergraduate/graduate level(s) without securing permit from CHED, establish branches or satellite campuses without prior approval from CHED, offer extension classes and distance education course/program and establish affiliation with recognized foreign higher education institution (HEI) and may grant doctorate degrees "Honoris Causa" to those deserving per pertinent provisions of existing CHED issuance thereon.

Moreover, four (4) other higher education institutions (HEI) based in the region have also continued to enjoy their "deregulated" status: Lourdes College, Liceo de Cagayan University (LDCU) and Capitol University (CU), formerly Cagayan de Oro Capitol Colleges, all of Cagayan de Oro, since 2003 and Misamis University (MU) in Ozamiz City, since 2004.

"The HEIs on the deregulated status enjoy benefits similar to the full autonomy status granted to XU-Ateneo," she further said.

Meanwhile, there is still much to be done in terms of the development agenda of the country along tertiary education as Paderaga was quick to add that at least six (6) new HEIs were added to the list of supervised schools in the region during the school year.

These new HEIs are the four (4) community colleges in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon and in Tagoloan, Opol and Initao, Misamis Oriental and the two (2) private colleges in Maramag, also of Bukidnon and Jimenez, Misamis Occidental.

With the closure, however, of the Agusan College Foundation, a private HEI in Cagayan de Oro and the Collegio de San Benildo in Opol, Northern Mindanao has at present 74 HEIs distributed as follows:

Cagayan de Oro, 17, Bukidnon, 16, Iligan City, 10, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Occidental, 8 each, Gingog City and Ozamiz City, 4 each, Lanao del Norte 3 and Camiguin and Tangub City, 2 each. (PIA 10) [top]

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