Amidst its achievements and recognitions, Adamson University added another reason to why it is considered one of the premier universities in the country today after being awarded the highest accreditation standard a university can get—the autonomous status imprimatur, after passing the Commission on Higher Education’s (CHED) IQuAME.
IQuAME, which stands for Institutional Quality Assurance through Monitoring and Evaluation, is CHED’s program to ensure quality and excellence, relevance and responsiveness, access and equity, and efficiency in Philippine higher education.
To pass IQuAME is no walk in the park though. One must undergo strict evaluation on five key areas: governance and management, quality of teaching and research, support for students, relations with the community and management resources.
After months of preparation, Adamson has finally landed what many believed to be an accreditation long overdue. The Category A (teaching) autonomous status entitles the University benefits and privileges such as exemption from the issuance of special orders; freedom from monitoring and evaluation activities of CHED; entitlement to grant subsidies and other financial incentives or assistance from CHED whenever funds are available; privilege to determine and prescribe their curricular programs to achieve global competence, privilege to offer a new course/program in the undergraduate or graduate levels; privilege to establish branches or satellite campuses without prior approval from CHED; privilege to offer extension classes and distance education course programs and to establish affiliation with recognized foreign higher education institution; and the authority to grant an Honoris Causa to those deserving following CHED provisions on conferment of honorary degrees.
Aside from the IQuAME accreditation, CHED also handed the Center of Development recognition to Adamson’s Industrial Engineering Department. Recognition was chosen based on the criteria set by the technical panel for Industrial Engineering, which was then approved by the commission. Jan Allen Puertollano