CHED Strengthens ETEEAP
by: Engr. Elma E. Naz
Education Supervisor II, CHED V
To ensure that the ETTEAP Assessors are competent and appropriately trained on the effective implementation of the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP), the Training of Trainers- Assessors of ETEEAP- Deputized Institutions was held last June 13-14, 2012 at Hotel Veniz, Baguio City.
This was attended by ETTEAP Deputized HEI representatives coming from Regions 1-V, NCR and CAR, ETEEAP CHED Regional Coordinators, and CHED Central Office Staff headed by Ms. Edith Balicanta, Division of Non-Conventional Higher Education Programs. There were ten (10) participants coming from Region V.
The training commenced with a short program and Welcome Remarks by Dir. Luisa S. Valencia, OIC-Director IV, CHED-CAR.
Dr. Jaime M., Buzar, Technical Panel Chair CHED-ETEEAP conveyed the rationale of the training, then discussed that under the ETTEAP, the following principles are made to work:
- The HEI, through the ETEEAP can award degrees on the basis of competencies and performance skills.
- HEI awards the degree when the student’s actual work and learning reach certain previously agreed upon levels.
- Learning is desirable at any age, and that degrees should be available for all ages.
- ETTEAP believes that the range of learning resources is limitless, from daily newspaper to personal interviews, from videotapes to computer to work travel.
- Self-direction can be cultivated through planned independent study both on and off campus.
- ETEEAP produces lifelong learners, capable of responding to their own enabling needs and those of society over an entire lifetime.
- Completion of a degree is possible in less than a year and at a modest cost.
Thus, for the training of trainers-assessors of ETTEAP Deputized HEIs, the participants were ushered back to the basics of the program. The highlights were:
- Ms. Edith Balicanta presented an overview of the state of implementation of the program taken from the results of monitoring visits of CHED and the TP on deputized HEIs, per Deputization Process.
- Dr. Hipolito P. Palcon, member of the TP for ETTEAP on Determining Relevant Experiences for Accreditation under the ETEEAP focused on the question, “What would be Accredited and Considered?”. He further emphasized that “credits should only be awarded for learning and not for experiences”. For example, a sample matrix was shown as to how Boy Abunda’s learning experiences were assessed and credited.
- To facilitate the assessment for equivalency of the relevant work experiences of the candidate, the Portfolio Preparation and documentation of the relevant equivalency and processes were explained by Dr. Nena Garino, TP member for ETEEAP.
Open forum, workshop and presentation of the workshop output followed.
On the second day, Dr. Bashiruddin A. Ajihil elaborated on the procedures for Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment Methods used in assessing the applicant’s preparedness for a degree. To complement Dr. Ajihils’ discussion, Dr. Buzar tackled the different Modalities of Competency Enrichment/ Supplementation programs. This is to ensure that the knowledge and skills, abilities and values acquired from previous experiences are in accordance with the expected learning outcomes of the different courses being taken under the ETEEAP.
The training ended successfully with expectations that the presentations would give impact and merit to deputized HEIS to enhance their innovation via the ETEEAP, in conformity with the reforms of CHED from valued outcome-based teaching and learning.