Association of Local Colleges and Universities

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Association of Local Colleges and Universities
Legal statusAssociation
HeadquartersUniversity of Makati
Region served
33 schools
Prof. Tomas B. Lopez

The Association of Local Colleges and Universities or simply ALCU is composed of thirty-three (33) local colleges and universities of the Philippines.[1] ALCU is working closely with the Senate Committee on Education, which is headed by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, in legislations that benefit existing local colleges and universities.[2][3]

The primary thrust of ALCU is to improve the quality of instruction, research, and extension of its member schools and to provide value public tertiary education, especially to the poor and disadvantaged youth.

The association has created in the later part of 2003 the Commission on Accreditation, Inc., which is working closely with the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines, Inc. (AACCUP).

During the investiture of Atty. Adel A. Tamano at the Justo Albert Auditorium of the PLM, he mentioned his plan of drafting the best-practices manual for local colleges and make it a project of the ALCU.[4]

Accreditation and standards[edit]

Together with the Accrediting Agencies of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP), the ALCUCOA formed the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA) in 2004 to ensure the public of quality higher education among public higher educational institutions. With the help of AACCUP, Dr. Nida Africa, and the PAASCU executive director, ALCU member schools immerse themselves in quality assurance activities involving the following areas of accreditation.[5] These include:

  • Employability
  • Community service
  • Curriculum and instruction
  • Research
  • Faculty
  • Student services
  • Administration
  • Physical plant and facilities
  • Library
  • Laboratory

Many ALCU member schools are now aiming for accreditation to uplift the quality of their program offerings.[6]

To uphold quality higher education, ALCU partnered with the Commission on Higher Education as part of the Technical Working Group that three ordinances namely CMO No. 32, series of 2006, and CMO Nos. 1 and 10, series 2005.[7]


The following is a list of local colleges and universities or LCUs that are members of the association.[7][8] These include:


  1. ^ Drug testing in high school starts February[permanent dead link]. Chui, Angie. Manila Bulletin. January 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Ellen Tordesillas
  3. ^ Local colleges nat'l confab set in Makati Archived 2012-04-21 at the Wayback Machine. Manila Bulletin. May 19, 2002.
  4. ^ Mayuga, Jonathan. "Tamano vows ‘heights of excellence’ for PLM." Business Mirror, Vol. III, No. 86. February 01, 2008. Archived April 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Danao, Dr. Carolina P. (2005-02-20). "The medium-term higher education development plan and the local colleges and universities". Manila Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2005-02-22.
  6. ^ Mabalacat College Journal 2012–2013: ALCUCOA Holds Accreditation Orientation Seminar at MC
  7. ^ a b ALCU Accomplishments Archived October 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ List of ALCU member-schools Archived November 11, 2013, at the Wayback Machine