What is really the best gauge to determine the performance of a university? Is it facilities? Amount of money received in grants? Number of alumni who go on to become presidents/senators/congressmen?
While there are any number of criteria to consider in ranking any group of schools, a survey by Philippine Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) assessed university performance by looking at graduates of the same programs.
The joint study, published in 2005, looked into the performance of Philippine universities in the various national board examinations. The study ranked the universities based on the average passing in the national board examinations of all courses from 1999 to 2005.
The top 20 schools in the country, based on this criteria are:
1. University of the Philipines-Diliman
2. University of Santo Tomas
3. Saint Louis University, Baguio City
4. University of the Philippines-Los Banos
5. Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan)
6. Ateneo de Davao University
7. Ateneo de Manila University
8. Silliman University
9. University of San Carlos
10. Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Tech
11. University of the Philippines-Manila
12. De La Salle University-Manila
13. Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila
14. University of the Cordilleras(Formerly Baguio Colleges Foundation)
15. University of Negros Occidental-Recolectos
16. Mindanao State University-Gen Santos City
17. Polytechnic University of the Philippines
18. Mapua Institute of Technology
19. Central Mindanao University
20. Adamson University
What is encouraging to me about this list is the presence of many schools that are located outside Manila. Gone are the days when scholastic excellence existed only in the capital region. Mindanao is well-represented, as are the Visayas and Cordillera regions. Students no longer have to go to Manila in order to have a world-class education. These students are more likely to stay in their home region, and in the long run, contribute to its development.
The basis of this list is obviously not the only one that can be used to compare schools to one another. It is also not the most comprehensive or objective. Given a different set of criteria, this list could be different. In the end, we don’t really want only one “best” university, do we?
Source: Compilation of Statistics of the Performance of Schools in various Licensure Examinations 1999-2005,Professional regulations Commission,Commission on Higher Education,Educational Statistics Task force (Published:2005) via Tsikot.com