The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), through CMO #12, series 2019, has granted the renewal of the Autonomous Status of Baliuag University (BU), in Baliwag, Bulacan, Region III, effective June 1, 2019 until May 31, 2021. The Autonomous Status is the highest level of recognition that CHED grants to private higher education institutions in acknowledgment of the institutions’ delivery of quality education.
With its fully autonomous status, BU has proven its continued commitment to excellence and institutional sustainability as it joins the ranks of 67 other Philippine colleges and universities that have been similarly granted such autonomy by CHED.
It is noteworthy to mention that BU is the first University in Region III granted by CHED with
full autonomy in August 2001. CHED has consistently renewed the autonomous status of the institution as a testament of its sustained quality track record in board performances, having produced topnotchers; employability of graduates; improvements in physical infrastructures; local and international linkages; engagement in community and extension services; production and publication of researches, among others. In SY 2008-2009, BU was also recognized as a mature teaching institution under the CHED’s Institutional Quality Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation (IQuAME).
CHED’s renewal of the University’s Autonomous status provides BU the privilege to launch new courses/programs in the undergraduate and/or graduate levels including doctoral programs in areas of expertise without the need to secure a permit/authority but informing CHED of the programs to be offered. Likewise, BU is free from CHED’s monitoring and evaluation activities while complying with the submission of requested data for CHED’s data gathering and updating
of its management information systems and projects; exempt from the issuance of a Special Order for graduates; is prioritized in the grant of subsidies and other financial incentives/assistance from the CHED whenever funds are available; is privileged to offer extension classes to expand access to higher education; is authorized to grant honorary degrees to deserving individuals in line with the provisions of the existing CHED issuance on conferment of honorary degrees; privileged to establish linkages with recognized foreign higher education institutions, provided that the existing CHED PSGs for twinning, networking, and linkages are fully complied with.
In its commitment to sustain quality education, majority of the University’s academic programs are accredited by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA) as certified by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP).
As an Autonomous University, BU develops among its graduates the following qualities, to wit: professionally competent for the emerging work place, culturally sensitive and responsive, critical and creative thinkers; effective communicators; service-oriented and socially engaged citizens, and life-long learners.