June 14, 2024

Benguet State University is aiming to upgrade one step higher to level five, as it celebrated its 36th charter anniversary last week.
With the theme, “BSU CARES as a smart university towards level 5,” the premier agriculture-based university aims to achieve the challenges embodied under “CARES,” which is the acronym for challenge innovation, advance technology and facilities, revitalize administration, engender partnership, and serve to sustain intergenerational roles.
Executive Assistant to President Felipe Comila, Atty. Andres Lampacan, said BSU is confident it will achieve a level 5 status, which is the highest level for state universities.
Achieving such goal means higher quality standards in the delivery of its services and bigger funding from the government to pursue its vision and mission.
SUCs that reached level 5 status are “comparable to the best universities or colleges in Asia,” according to Department of Budget and Management-Commission on Higher Education Joint Circular 1-2016. 
The circular states leveling an SUC shall be based on its movement towards outcomes, alignment with ASEAN standards, and alignment with typology-based quality assurance.
Lampacan said BSU programs would soon be spread out from the La Trinidad main campus to its two extension campuses in Bokod and Buguias to help elevate quality instruction in these two campuses.
The BSU board of regents is working on accelerating its evaluation of the Bokod and Buguias campuses to attain the same level of the La Trinidad campus.
In August last year, the board of regents approved the installation of executive deans at the two campuses with Florendo Comila for BSU Buguias and Samuel Poliden for BSU Bokod.
Lampacan said the BSU president has also requested the board to install an executive dean for the La Trinidad campus, who will oversee the day-to-day task of the university in order for the BSU vice presidents to focus on planning for all of the campuses.
Achieving a level 5 status would also be an edge for BSU graduates in their job applications, as only few universities in the country have attained such status. – Ofelia C. Empian