Two months after its 13-17 March formal visit, a team of six assessors from the Asean University Network (AUN) has conferred upon De La Salle University the AUN Quality Mark at the Institutional Level. DLSU is the first university in Asean to earn the certification.
The visit culminated a year’s preparation that required DLSU to submit a Self-Assessment Report as well as hundreds of documentary exhibits. During the validation visit, six of AUN’s most experienced assessors from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Thailand toured the Taft and Laguna campuses, reviewed documents, and interviewed over 300 respondents, from the Brothers, Board of Trustees, President and Chancellor, to faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
They used the AUN’s framework for Quality Assurance at the Institutional Level. It comprises four key areas: Strategic (overall governance), Systemic (quality assurance systems), Functional (teaching, research, service), and Results (outcomes, including financial and market performance). These four areas are further divided into 25 criteria and 111 sub-criteria. To earn the AUN quality mark, an institution must score at least 4 out of 7 across all four key areas. DLSU was rated 5 (“more than adequate”) in Strategic, Systemic, and Functional areas, and 4 (“adequate) in Results.
The certificate marks another quality milestone for DLSU, whose departments have been undergoing AUN-QA Program-Level assessment since 2008. By next year, half of DLSU’s departments will have had their flagship programs internationally assessed, by far the most in the country. AUN-QA was established in 1995 as ASEAN’s quality assurance network in higher education, responsible for promoting quality assurance in higher education institutions, raising the quality of higher education, and collaborating with both regional and international bodies for the benefit of the Asean community.