While states and even counties may have different qualifications for those applying for jobs, especially in specialized career fields, colleges must maintain a fairly consistent program for all students. The Commission on Higher Education was formed in 1992 as a result of the needs laid out by EDCOM (Congressional Committee on Education), and was divided into three groups:
1. CHED for tertiary and graduate education involving such classes as Forensic Science, Medicine, etc.
2. Deped for basic education involving reading, grammar, and mathematics
3. TESDA for technical and vocational schools and mid-level education
The commission is charged with developing standards for each type of degree or program. Each degree or program has an objective. The education and training that each student can expect to gain through enrolling in the assigned courses and completing the requirements for the degree. The commission lays out the curriculum that will include all courses, labs, and materials that will be needed for the student to complete the requirements. They also design programs for faculty development and student financial assistance.
The Commission on Higher Education works on a federal level to ensure that colleges and universities across the country have a standard developed to maintain education and equal opportunities for employment upon graduation. Although some colleges and universities will offer extra course work, all tests, courses, and essential labs, programs and so-forth must meet with commission standards.
The commission formulates plans, policies, and strategies not only for higher education but within the agency as well. As materials, technology, and sciences make advances, the commission is charged with ensuring that college and universities stay up-to-date and that their outlines for curriculum meet the needs that will be required by public and private sector employment. Whether a student’s degree will be in the field of medicine, science, technology, architecture, or education, the commission must develop a plan that will set a standard for each degree or program to ensure the success of the graduate courses.
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