Congratulations to us Lyceans. We are again among the few universities in the country to be granted the autonomous status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Among the benefits of the being an autonomous university are the following:
1. Exemption from the issuance of Special Order (S.O) for their graduates.
2. Exemption from regular monitoring and evaluation by CHED. However, CHED may motu propio conduct verification, monitoring or investigation activities in cases when there are evidences or reports of a general erosion of quality and/or gross violation of existing laws, rules and regulations, that adversely affect the good standing of the PHEI as a reputable education institution.
3. Priority in the grant of subsidies and other financial incentives/assistance from the CHED whenever funds are available.
4. Authority to grant an honorary degree to deserving individuals in line with the provisions of the existing CHED issuance on conferment of honorary degrees. The PHEIs should inform the CHED Central Office through the appropriate CHEDRO of the conferment at least one (1) month prior to the schedule conferment.
5. Privilege to determine and prescribe their curricular programs to achieve global competence. In case of curricular revisions, the PHEIs should inform the CHED Central Office through the appropriate CHED Regional Office (CHEDRO) of the curricular revisions prior to the start of the intended academic year in which the revised curriculum shall be implemented. The revised curriculum shall be applicable only to the entering students in the specified academic year.
6. Privilege to offer new course(s).program(s) in the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, in their areas of expertise, without securing permit/authority from CHED except disciplines/degree programs that are under moratorium, doctor of medicine, and any other field duly specified by CHED. The PHEIs offering new course(s)/program(s) should ensure that the CHED minimum requirements as embodied in existing policies, standards and guidelines (PSGs) for a particular program are fully complied with. The PHEIs should inform the CHED Central Office through the appropriate CHEDRO about the intention to operate the new program(s) before the start of the academic year in which the new program(s) will be offered.
7. Privilege to offer extension classes to expand access to higher education. The PHEIs should inform the CHED Central Office through the appropriate CHEDRO of these classes before the start of the academic year in which extension classes will be offered.
8. Privilege to established linkages with recognized foreign higher education institutions. The PHEIs should ensure that the existing CHED PSGs for twinning, networking and linkages are fully complied with. The PHEIs should inform the CHED Central Office through the appropriate CHEDRO of these linkages before the start of the academic year in which such networking/linkage arrangements will be established.
9. At the instance of CHED, the PHEIs may be authorized to offer program(s) via the alternative mode such as distance education, ETEEAP, or transnational education. Otherwise, all other autonomous PHEIs not identified by the Commission to deliver programs through the alternative mode should secure a permit/authority from the appropriate CHED Central Office.
10. Privilege to increase tuition fees without securing a permit from CHED. The PHEIs should ensure that the existing CHED PSGs on increases in tuition and other school fees are fully complied with especially those pertaining to the consultation process and requirements. The PHEIs should inform the CHED Central Office through the appropriate CHEDRO of these increase(s) before the start of the academic year wherein the new tuition and other school fees shall be implemented.
Again Congratulations to us Lyceans!