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University of the Cordilleras

Baguio Colleges was founded on June 19 1946 as the first higher learning institution in this highland city after World War II. This milestone inspired the creation of Baguio City as the educational center of the North. The college started with 156 enrollees in courses in teacher training and liberal arts at rented spaces in the Arevalo and the Antipolo Buildings along Session Road.

The founders converted the college into a foundation as Baguio Colleges Foundation in 1967 providing access to more students in the region and the whole country.

In 2003 the school became the University of the Cordilleras (UC) extending out further its services in three core areas --- to teach to research and to give back. The university has now grown to a complex of 10 colleges collectively offering over 40 certificate tertiary graduate and post-graduate programs including a laboratory school for pre-school grade school and high school catering to around 15 000 students from the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and even from other regions of the country and overseas.
Autonomous and Accredited

On June 10 2010 the University of the Cordilleras was conferred the Autonomus Status by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) after being issued the Award of Distinction certificate by the CHED Chairman himself Emmanuel Y. Angeles. The certificate cited UC s exemplary performance in the trilogy functions of higher education namely instruction research in public service and in recognition of the outstanding performance of its graduates which manifest UC s genuine commitment to quality excellence and global competitiveness.

This distinction came after UC s assessment and affirmation of quality standards through CHED s Institutional Quality Assurance through Monitoring and Evaluation (IQuAME) during a visit by CHED s respected panels of experts and assessors from different institutions and regions on May 16 2010. The 3-day visit highlighted with interviews and ocular inspection provided for the panel evidences of substantive and significant adherence to the following quality assurance areas Governance and Management Quality of Teaching and Research Support for Students Relations with the Community and Management of Resources. Whereupon the CHED Commissioners in an en banc session in May 26 2010 certified and approved the panel s final report recommendation that UC have complied with all quality standards corresponding to Category A(teaching) or as a Teaching University . UC is so far the only Higher Educational Institution in the Cordillera Administration Region (CAR) to achieve this highest level of categorization through an institutional accreditation.