Harvardian Colleges padlocked

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Harvardian Colleges in Barangay Lourdes, this city, was ordered closed for gross and serious violations of policies, standards and guidelines.

The Commission on Higher Education (Ched) regional office has recently served the closure order against the school.

Ordered closed were the college’s Master of Education program and five baccalaureate programs in Education, Elementary Education, Political Science, English, and Commerce.

Despite closure order, signs and announcements saying enrollment is on-going for the second semester remain posted at Harvardian Colleges’ campus Monday. (Jovi T. De Leon)
Despite closure order, signs and announcements saying enrollment is on-going for the second semester remain posted at Harvardian Colleges’ campus Monday. (Jovi T. De Leon)

“No new students shall be admitted by the college starting the second semester of the current academic year,” Ched Executive Director Julito Vitriolo said in the order.

Harvardian Colleges’ closure came just before its scheduled enrollment of students there and after Education Secretary Armin Luistro directed Department of Education officials and personnel “not to enroll in colleges and universities offering masteral and doctoral programs not recognized by the Ched."

The Ched en banc reached its decision to close Harvardian Colleges after the institution was warned last August this year to comply with requirements or be “padlocked.”

It took months after the commission implemented the recent order because of careful evaluation and attempts to find a solution to its status, officials said.

“We have been monitoring Harvardian Colleges and have issued seven warnings on its non-compliance to Ched requirements and standards. We will be implementing the closure order from the commission en banc following instructions from our Secretary Patricia Licuanan to close down all non-performing schools in the country,” Ched regional director Dr. Virginia Akiate told Sun.Star Pampanga.

Akiate bared that since 2010, they have asked Dr. Manuel Tagle, Harvardian’s administrator, to comply with Ched requirements on facilities, faculty, instruction and educational and fiscal programs.

“But they have not complied and did nothing despite our efforts to help them and get that fresh look. For a while, they rented and occupied the bleachers at the Pampanga Sports Complex until they were forced to return to their original campus which was refurbished. In the course of our inspection however, we found out the library was dilapidated, rooms had no doors and surprisingly, there were no students around,” she added.

Akiate added that it seems “perplexing” that the enrollment in its graduate school of around 1,000 is bigger than in the undergraduate program.

Aside from law, the college now offers baccalaureate degrees in Education, Commerce, Arts, as well as Nursery, Kindergarten and Prep.

“We have also noticed that the receipts they issue their students are not official. Even our legal counsel has inspected the college and found out the same issues,” Akiate said.

The Ched regional office here has been authorized to “facilitate the efficient transfer of all students affected by the closure order to other Ched-recognized and compliant institutions."

Officials of the college, as well as students waiting for enrollment, refused to comment on the closure order. (Jovi T. De Leon)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on November 08, 2011.

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