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CHED: No such thing as top 20 PHL schools list

October 23, 2012 3:32pm
A list of the top 20 schools in the Philippines that has been circulating online is fake, according to the Commission on Higher Education.
 
According to the Office of the Chairperson of the Commission on Higher Education, there is no such survey.  While CHED and the Professional Regulation Commission conduct an annual evaluation of board exam results, this is done to look into the statistics, and not to rank schools, according to CHED. 
 
The list, which went viral on Facebook this week, claims its statistics are "a result of the study conducted every 10 years by the PRC and the CHED, based on the average passing in the board examinations of all courses of all universities and colleges in the Philippines."
 
The fake list is very misleading, as statistical data is taken into account annually, not every 10 years, according to CHED.
 
The list, which also claims to be based on rankings as of October 2012, has the University of the Philippines Diliman as the top school in the Philippines, followed by UP Los Baños, UP Manila, Silliman University, and Ateneo de Davao University.
 
The list is not posted on the official websites of either the PRC or CHED. [http://www.ched.gov.ph/chedwww/index.php]
 
Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development
 
And while there is no official list that ranks schools in the Philippines, CHED identifies Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Centers of Development (CODs) as "either public or private higher education institutions (HEIs) which have demonstrated the highest degree or level of standard along the areas of instruction, research and extension."

As of October 2010, CHED identified 100 HEIs with COEs/CODs. From the fake list of top 20 schools, 16 were listed among CHED's COEs/CODs: UP Diliman, UP Los Baños, UP Manila, Silliman University, Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Saint Louis University, University of San Carlos, Xavier University, Mindanao State University-Naawan, De La Salle University, Mapua  Institute of Technology, Adamson University, and Central Mindanao University.
 
Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Urios College, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and University of Southern Philippines were not on CHED's list of COEs and COD's.
 
CHED also collated data from the PRC-Education Statistics Task Force to show the overall performance of HEIs in the 2009 PRC licensure examinations by discipline and category.

QS rankings
 
Last June, international education network Quacquarelli Symonds ranked five Philippine universities among the top 300 universities in Asia in its 2012 list. 

State-run University of the Philippines in Diliman ranked 68th on the list, while Ateneo de Manila University ranked 86th and De La Salle University ranked 142nd.
 
The University of Santo Tomas, which marked its 400th anniversary last year, is 148th. On the other hand, the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City was among those ranked 251st to 300th. 
 
However, QS rankings are not based on students' performance.

QS provides an annual list of world university rankings according to six measures: academic reputation; employer reputation; faculty/student ratio; citations per faculty; international faculty ratio; and international student ratio. — RSJ, GMA News



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