Benchmarks to help in choosing right school

Posted on August 05, 2013

A HOUSE body will review the performance of almost 2,000 universities and colleges in a bid to help consumers choose the best educational institution for their children, a lawmaker said yesterday.

“We will update consumers as to where they will likely get the best value for their money when it comes to buying a college education, and where they will probably get the short end of the stick,” Pasig City Rep. Roman T. Romulo, higher and technical education committee chairman, said in a press release yesterday.

The committee will screen 1,636 private and 220 public colleges and universities “based on the performance of their graduates across 46 professional licensure examinations, from accounting to veterinary medicine.”

“Our reporting will enable parents as well as students to discern and keep away from the so-called diploma mills,” he said.

Certain indicators will be provided as benchmark, said the congressman.

“If for example 100% of a university’s professional teaching graduates pass the licensure examination on their first take, then this information will be made readily available to the public.

“Conversely, if, say, only 30% of the graduates of an accounting school make the grade the first time they take the licensure test, then we are also sure to broadcast this information,” Mr. Romulo said.

The lawmaker said the committee will ask data from the Commission on Higher Education and the Professional Regulation Commission in coming up with its findings.

Mr. Romulo has filed a bill seeking to establish a student assistance program that will be funded by banks and government financial institutions whereby a student “may obtain a low-cost bank loan to pay for the tuition of the college where the borrower has been accepted. The student may also use the money to finance all other schooling as well as living expenses.”

“The borrower would pay off the loan periodically, starting two years after graduation, but not later than eight years after leaving college,” Mr. Romulo explained. -- Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza