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Title: Accreditation Of Library and Information Science (LIS) Program: The Philippines Experience
Authors: Nera, Corazon M.
Llantino, Angela Maria S.
Fredeluces, John Christopherson L. T.
Issue Date: 13-Jun-2015
Publisher: The Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL)
Abstract: With the current shift to learning through competency-based standards more known as “outcomes-based education”, the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) offering LIS programs are now gearing to achieve and adhere to new policies, standards and guidelines set by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and other such organizations to standardize, revitalize and revolutionize LIS education and practice in the Philippines. LIS Education has been around in the Philippines for 100 years now since 1914. As a duly recognized program by CHED, LIS education in both baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate has evolved from traditional instruction of Library Science into a technology-oriented discipline of Library and Information Science. As a regulated profession in the Philippines under the Professional Regulatory Board for Librarians, HEIs offering LIS courses are being subjected to rigorous accreditation programs and standards by CHED and other accrediting bodies such as the Philippine Association of College and University Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools and Universities (PAASCU) and the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) to ensure quality graduates and professionals are being produced in the country. A standardized assessment tool in monitoring LIS programs is currently in place to assess the quality of LIS education offered by HEIs in terms of 1) Organizational structure;2)Administration; 3) Faculty; 4)Curriculum; 5) Instructional standards; 6) Library; 7) Physical facilities; 8) Students, and; 9) their performance in the annual Licensure Examination for Librarians as measurements for the continuous operation of the program. Today, LIS education enjoys significant attention with the CHED as one of the listed priority courses to spur national development, economic growth and prepare for the 2015 ASEAN integration. And with the creation of a National Competency-Based Standards for Filipino Librarians (NCBSL), the deputization of accredited HEIs to implement the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP), and the relentless efforts of Library Organizations to develop and modernize LIS as a discipline, LIS education in the Philippines is certainly headed to new heights.
Description: This paper was presented at the Conference CONSAL XVI held from 11-13 June 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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