PACUCOA is a private, voluntary non-stock, non-profit organization with official address at Suite 7 Mezzanine Floor, Eaglestar Condominium, 25 F. Dela Rosa St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City. The organization started as a committee of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities (PACU) but was founded as an independent corporate entity in 1973 and was officially registered with SEC in 1988. The assets of PACUCOA amount to Php 7,617,728.65.
History and Milestones of PACUCOA
1932 – Founding of PACU Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities with accreditation as an internal policy.
1953 – Publication of the first PACU Handbook of Rules and Standards for Approval and Accreditation of Private Schools, Colleges and Universities to guide PACU schools in achieving excellence through self-evaluation of their educational programs in light of their philosophy and objectives.
1967 – Appointment of the first committee on accreditation by PACU; first manual adopted.
1973 – Establishment of the PACU Commission on Accreditation through FAPE grant. Dr. Amado Dizon, Atty. Jose Baltazar and Dr. Narciso Robles were among the prime movers of the official founding of PACUCOA.
1974 – Adoption of the 1967 PACUCOA Manual and Evaluative Instrument as working - - basis, with revisions.
1988 – Registration with SEC as an independent corporate body.
2005 September - Granted full membership in INQAAHE
2008 December - Granted ISO Certification 2011 December - Converted SSIs to Outcomes-Based (OBE) instrument
2013 - Granted Philippine Quality Award (PQA)
2016 – Granted full membership of Asia Pacific Quality Network (APQN)
2017 – Granted full membership of ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN)
2018 - Granted full membership of Council of Higher Education Accreditation – International Quality Group (CHEA-IQG)
The main service (product) of PACUCOA is accreditation, thus it is the central focus of its human and material resources. Accreditation is the formal recognition of an educational institution or program as having achieved a certain level of quality or excellence in the context of its philosophy and objectives. Accreditation services are conducted by outsourced volunteer accreditors; thus, they do not receive salaries and benefits for doing their accreditation services.