• CHED keeps tabs on fly-by-night colleges

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    THE chief legal counsel of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Tuesday said that, the Commission is now closely monitoring the performance of higher education institutions (HEIs) offering teacher education, information communication technology and business administration that consistently score below average performance in the licensure examinations.

    Lawyer Carmelita Yadao-Sison, CHED Legal Services director, said the concerned HEIs have already been informed to rectify their deficiencies.

    “Performance in the licensure exams of PRC [Professional Regulatory Commission] is one of the things we keep an eye on as such reveals the quality of their faculty and facilities,” Yadao-Sison said.

    She, however, admitted that the Commission could not just order the closure of a degree program even if it is sub-standard since due process must be followed.

    CHED, earlier said that they have already closed about 700-degree programs since 2011 for failing to meet their quality standards.

    In November 2011, the Commission ordered the closure of three-degree programs offered by the International Academy of Management and Economics, two maritime degree programs of the Philippine Maritime Institute (PMI) Colleges, as well as five-degree programs and a masteral program of the Harvardian College.

    Neil A. Alcober

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