earns autonomy from CHED
In a recent directive, the Commission on Higher Education
(CHED) granted De La Salle University-Manila, among 29 other
higher learning institutions, “autonomy and deregulated status.”
CHED Memorandum Order 32, which took effect on September 27,
contains implementation rules and regulations of CHED Resolution
151 granting autonomy to deserving private colleges and universities.
DLSU-M Vice President for Academics and Research Brother Andrew
Gonzalez, FSC noted that for the University, the most important
items in the CHED Order would be the exemption from issuing
Special Orders and the privilege to offer new programs and
courses at the graduate and undergraduate level without securing
permit or authority from CHED.
Another benefit of the CHED Order is the privilege to establish
branches or satellite campuses without the prior approval
of CHED. However, information regarding the establishment
of a new campus should be submitted to the CHED Regional Office
where it is to be located.
At the same time, the autonomy allows the University to offer
extension classes and distance education courses and programs,
and also encourages the school to establish affiliation with
recognized foreign higher education institutions in pursuit
of international standard of education.
It also provides the University the authority to grant honoris
causa (honorary degree) to those deserving, based on the CHED
provisions on conferment of honorary degrees.
Its three general criteria for selection are the schools’
establishment of Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development,
their record of outstanding overall performance of graduates
in the licensure examinations under the Professional Regulation
Commission, and their long tradition of integrity and untarnished
The autonomy granted to the private higher education institutions
is effective beginning the second semester of school year
to dlsu home page