The Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) was once again granted autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), from June 1, 2019, up to May 31, 2021. The university enjoyed the said status since 2003.
The autonomous status is given to Higher Education Institutions which embodies a “long tradition of integrity and untarnished reputation”, “commitment to excellence”, and “sustainability and viability of operations”. The status is considered as one of the highest recognitions a college or university can receive from CHED. AUP is one among the 68 Private institutions out of 1,700+ Private Higher Education Institution (PHEIs) granted of such status. The prestigious status is given to PHEIs that have shown consistent exemplary performance in the field of education, research and extension services.
Some of the benefits of an Autonomous Status are that it allows Higher Education Institutions to open new programs in the undergraduate and/or graduate levels including doctoral programs in areas of expertise without securing a permit or recognition from CHED (except disciplines under moratorium), privilege to determine and prescribe innovative curricular programs to achieve global competence. This also gives the institutions to establish branches or satellite campuses, as well as offer extension classes and distance education courses and establish affiliations with a recognized foreign higher education institution. Educational institutions given such status have the freedom from regular monitoring and evaluation by CHED given that the school complies with the rules and regulations set. PHEIs with autonomous status also is a priority for grants, subsidies, scholarships and other financial assistance from CHED, as well as the capability to determine and prescribe curricular programs that would help students achieve global competence, wherein one of its advantages is the ability to revise and upgrade curricular offerings regularly.
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A contributing factor to the granted status for the university is its accredited programs. 33 out of 35 of its programs offered are accredited by several accrediting agencies, such as: Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities-Accrediting Council, Inc. (ACSCU-ACI), The Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), Association for Theological Education in South East Asia (ATESEA), and Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA).
Nine of its programs are accredited Level 4, the highest level, namely Bachelor of Arts1 (English, History, Psychology), 2BS Accountancy, 3BS Business Administration, 4Bachelor of Elementary Education, 5Bachelor of Secondary Education, 6BS Nursing, 7Bachelor of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics), 8Master in Business Administration, and 9Master of Arts in Education. Eleven programs are on Level 3 namely: 1BS Nutrition and Dietetics, 2MA in Psychology, 3MS Nursing and Master in Nursing, 4PhD. in Business Administration, 5Ph.D. in Educational Administration, 6Elementary Program, 7Junior High School Program, 8BS Development Communication, 9BS Psychology, 10BS Accounting Information System, and 11PhD. in Psychology. Five programs are on Level 2: 1Doctor of Dental Medicine, 2Master in Public Health, 3Dr. Public Health major in Preventive Health Care, 4Preschool Program, and 5Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science. Eight are on Level 1: 1BS Office Administration, 2Bachelor of Library and Information Science, 3AB Theology, 4Bachelor of Tradigital Fine Arts major in Visual Communication and Design, 5Bachelor of Music in Music Education, 6BS Information Technology, 7BS Electronics Engineering/BS Electronics Technology, 8BS Information Technology.
The result of these accreditation exercises is the granting of INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies in the Philippines (FAAP).
AUP is an active partner of the local government sectors in embracing sustainable development through its services ministered to its adopted communities located in Silang, Cavite namely Brgy. Hoyo, Brgy. Tartaria, and Brgy. Bukal. Part of the services the university shares is through the Community Extension Services that cater to the need for livelihood, youth development, health, educational advancement, and social enrichment. The university is also home and initiator of the S.A.D. Free Movement which advocates for a Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug-free life for the youth. The program is supported by the Municipality of Silang, Cavite, and is celebrated annually.