As of May 2015, the BS Agriculture program was evaluated and found to be qualified for Level IV status by the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP). On the other hand, assessment for Level IV status for Bachelor in Elementary Education and Bachelor in Secondary Education is ongoing which primarily involves a re-visit on both programs’ extension and community outreach projects and activities (Area VI). Six undergraduate programs (BS Biology, BS Mathematics, BS Agricultural Business, BS Agricultural Economics, BS Agricultural Engineering and AB English) have been granted Level III re-accredited status by AACCUP while the BS Home Economics program is a Level III Phase I accredited. Meanwhile in the graduate level, three programs have been granted Level III reaccredited status (Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences, Ed.D. in Educational Management, and M.S. in Agriculture). The Master of Education (MAED) program has also an on-going evaluation for Level III status, particularly in Area VI. Of the 27 University program offerings (both graduate and undergraduate courses), 24 are already accredited (88.89%).
Thirteen (13) Baccalaureate programs were certified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) – Region III as compliant with all prescribed requirements of each program. The certification was based on the recommendation of CHED evaluation team during their visit last June 3-4, 2014. On the other hand, documents and applications for the Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Education and Biology programs to be declared as Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs) were submitted on May 15, 2015.
Those involved in Inter-Mobility Programs, including those on on-the-job trainings (OJTs), internships and exchanges, were 391 students from various degree programs. These included 24 BS Agriculture students who were sent to Israel for the SUC-ACAP Agro-studies program from September 2014 to August 2015. The rest undertook their OJTs, internships and exchanges in local and national agencies, public and private establishments.
As per the results of the evaluation for the PBB (Productivity-Based Bonus) shown in the University Major Final Output (MFO) Accountability Report Card (MARC–1), PSAU remarkably improved its performance in the licensure examinations administered by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC). The average passing percentage of the University has increased by 33.46% from 38.08% in 2013 to 50.82% in 2014. PSAU is again Rank 2 in the Institutional Performance of the Veterinary Medicine Licensure Examination 2014. The University landed on the same ranking in 2013. Its passing percentage in the Veterinary Medicine Licensure Examination was 66.67% in 2014, compared to the 33.03% national passing percentage. PSAU graduate-passers are 102% higher the average of all veterinary schools in the Philippines.
Enrolment has been steadily rising since 2007. The number of students studying at PSAU has more than doubled for the last seven years from 2,775 to 6,774 in 2014. Most of the enrollees during the first semester SY 2014-2015 were first year college students (41.23%) followed by the second year with 21.20% of the total enrollees. Graduate students composed 10.45%, while the third and fourth year students constituted 14.64% and 11.70%, respectively. Viewing the same enrolment data in terms of program distribution, the most number of enrolees are in agriculture with 16.89% (1,091 students) of the total enrolment. Following closely behind are secondary education (14.36%), information technology (12.68%), graduate students (10.45%), HRM (8%) and elementary education (5.48%).
Compared to last year’s 704, the total number of graduates had grown to 805 in 2015. From 523 in 2009, the number of PAC graduates exhibited a generally increasing trend. The largest group (20.99%) of the 2015 PSAU graduates were in Agriculture and Agriculture related Courses (such as Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Engineering and Agricultural Science High School).
Topping the list of PSAU awards are the following: the research paper of Karen Chel D. De Dios (a graduating Veterinary Medicine student) was chosen as the 1st place in the Asia Pacific Region (undergraduate category). This made her as one of the finalists to the Global Phase of the Alltech Young Scientist Award held on May 15 – 21, 2O15 in the United States of America (USA). Alltech arranged (free of charge) for the airfare and accommodation of Ms. De Dios for her trip to Lexington, Kentucky.
Dr. Aris F. Miclat is a recipient of Fulbright-Philippine Agriculture Advanced Research Grant in the United States (Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina) while Dr. Glenn Calaguas was one of the nine National Semi-Finalists in the Metrobank Search for Outstanding Teachers (SOT) 2014 – Higher Education Category. Dr. Evelyn V. Totaan was recognized by the AACCUP for being the Top Scorer (Rank Number 1) in the written examination during a Training-Workshop of Accreditors on Outcomes-Based Quality Assurance on April 27-29, 2015 at the Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija.
Dr. Neil C. Tanquilut won Best Paper (Research Category) for his research on “Exploring the Utilization of ICRISAT-bred Pigeonpea as an Alternative Feedstuff for Laboratory Animals, Poultry and Aquatic Animals” while the PSAU Pigeonpea R&D Team bagged the Best Paper Award (Project Category) for their research on the “Status and Potential of Pigeonpea in Pampanga” during the 1st International Pigeonpea Congress held on December 16-18, 2014 at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU), Batac, Ilocos Norte. Dr. Tanquilut’s research was also chosen Best Paper (Faculty Category) during the Philippine Science Consortium on August 12-14, 2014.
The International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) based in India awarded a Plaque of Recognition on December 15, 2014 to PSAU for the university’s outstanding contributions and dynamic partnership in the development and promotion of rainfed agriculture in the Philippines.