The Inter-Institutional Consortium (I-IC)
was formally established in 1974 as an instrument for the maximization of institutional
resources among its member schools. It was not, however, born in a day, but rather it was
developed through many years.
Inter-institutional cooperation among some
educational institutions in the Philippines started as early as 1967. In response to the
call of Vatican Council II for cooperation among institutions to improve education, De La
Salle College and St. Scholastica's College signed a formal agreement for
cross-registration, with the approval of the Bureau of Private Schools. This bilateral
agreement lasted until 1973.
In 1972, another bilateral agreement was
drawn up between De La Salle College (DLSC) and the Philippine Christian College (PChC)
covering not only cross-registration but also faculty exchange and faculty development,
joint program, use of facilities, research, and community outreach. The DLSC-PChC tie-up
had outside funding in the form of a grant from the Commission for the Advancement of
Christian Higher Education in Asia (CACHEA) for its projects and additional tuition fees
for students cross-enrolling at DLSC.
In 1973, a foundation grant enabled DLSC to
set up the office of a consortium program officer in preparation for the shift from
bilateral agreements to a multilateral consortium among the I-IC members. This saw the
establishment of the South Manila Consortium, which was later renamed Inter-Institutional
Consortium upon the signing of agreement among the presidents of the five member schools
on November 4, 1974, namely, Bro. Gabriel Connon (DLSC), Dr. Lino Arquiza (PChC), Dr.
Bonifacio Sibayan (PNC), Sr. Milagros Du Rosaire, SPC (SPCM), and Sr. Soledad Hilado, OSB
(SSC). The agreement included not only cross-enrollment of students in other member
schools but also maximization of resources through joint offerings, restructuring of
curricula, exchanging of vital information for academic excellence, and sharing of
In many respects, the I-IC mirrors the
growth of the inter-institutional cooperation in the Philippines. Among the factors that
contributed to this growth include the realization of the need for cooperation, leadership
of some educators, endorsement by government and educational bodies, the preference of
funding agencies to extend aid to cooperative ventures among several institutions rather
than to individual schools, regionalization, and accreditation.
Leadership necessary for the formation and
cooperation is present in I-IC. Outside financial support is also available for projects
with multiplier effects involving groups of institutions. Geographical location has also
been a big factor in the growth of cooperation in the I-IC. DLSU and St. Scholastica's
College are only a block apart and the other member schools are located along Taft Avenue
or within a few blocks off that main thoroughfare. Furthermore, council of liaisons and
standing committees are in place to monitor the various activities of the consortium and
to ensure inter-institutional linkages.