By Cherry Joy D. Garma
LAOAG CITY, Jan. 1 – The Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) in Ilocos Norte is among the country’s top performing schools in the college of education based on the recent result of Board Licensure Examination for Professional Teachers (BLEPT).
The Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) has released the September 2017 result of the top performing schools in the Philippines, particularly at the elementary level where MMSU has been ranked as Top 8.
With a passing percentage of 80.63 percent in the said recent exam, the MMSU’s College of Teacher Education (CTE) situated at Laoag City campus became a consistent topnotch of the BLEPT. The nationwide passing rate was 26.33 percent.
Meanwhile, MMSU was also cited by news website Local Pulse as one of the top performing schools in the Philippines at par with the big universities in Metro Manila.
With an overall score of 81.83 percent, MMSU ranked fourth among teacher education institutions in the Philippines (elementary level). MMSU also landed 10th, secondary level category, where it garnered 75.92 percent.
Local Pulse ranked all schools based on Weighted Overall School Board Performance in a Year which was 40 percent, Number of Total Examinees was 20 percent, Top Performing Examinees were 10 percent, Level of Accreditation was 20 percent, and Faculty-Student Ratio at 10 percent.
According to Local Pulse, these variables were assessed by accredited agencies such as Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA), Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU), and Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP).
“Schools offering a particular program are assessed and rated according to a number of factors and these were used to rank them on a specific program they offer to determine which of these are the best choice for students,” Local Pulse said.
“Other possible factors which may affect school rankings are planned to be included in the next versions of schools’ rankings. These include international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty”, the news website added.
In view of these impressive feats, MMSU was lauded as Center of Excellence for teacher education by the Commission on Higher Education. (JNPD/Cherry Joy D. Garma/PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)