10 Best Agriculture Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Agriculture Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Agriculture Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which currently featured only 10 out of the 284 colleges and universities offering undergraduate programs in agriculture.

The University of the Philippines-Los Baños still led the list for agriculture with 98.28% overall score after considering their performance in the annual agriculturist licensure examination this year, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio.

The Central Luzon State University made the 2nd rank on the list for 2019 with 86.52% overall score, ahead of the Central Philippines University at 3rd rank with 83.55% overall score, Cavite State University at 4th rank with 74.50% overall score, and Mindanao State University-General Santos City at 5th rank with 71.70%.

The University of the Philippines-Los Baños, Central Luzon State University, Central Philippine University, Cavite State University, and Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) are accredited by the Philippine Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as Centers of Excellence (COEs)
in agriculture.

The remaining five places for the 10 best agriculture schools are the Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) at 6th rank with 70.33%, Southern Luzon State University at 7th with 66.36%, De La Salle-Araneta University at 8th with 64.18%, Mindanao State University-Naawan at 9th with 58.94%, and Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology at 10th with 55.70% overall score.

The list is based on the results of this year’s agriculturists licensure examinations in November plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering agriculture programs have the most valuable degree programs to produce a batch of examinees with high agriculturists licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for the number of examinees were adjusted to reflect programs with fewer examinees. Details on the methodology are discussed here. Other possible factors that are possibly secondary variables in determining the best Philippine schools to study agriculture are included in the disclaimer page. Factors such as international linkages, community involvement, employer reputation, research outputs, and research citations per faculty are not part of this study. These variables are assumed to be assessed by accrediting agencies such as PACUCOA, PAASCU, AACCUP, and CHEd.

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To rank the schools, we took the weighted passing rate average of this year’s agriculturists licensure examination, number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of agriculture as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rate we used for 2018 agriculturists licensure examination was adjusted to 65% and above (unlike the PRC’s 80%), and a minimum of 20 examinees (unlike the PRC’s 50 minimum examinees).

Read on to see which schools made the list.

10 Best Philippine Schools to Study Agriculture for 2019
RANKSCHOOLOVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDCONDTOTALWeighted Ave. (PASSED) (40%)No. of Examinees (20%)With Top Examinees (10%)Accreditation LevelAccr. Level Score (20%)Faculty-Student Ratio (FSR)No. of Students per FacultyFSR Score (10%)
1UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES-LOS BANOS98.281850118699.46%100100COE1001:151585
2CENTRAL LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY86.52248104235470.06%100100COE1001:191985
3CENTRAL PHILIPPINE UNIVERSITY83.5539204195.12%4090COE1001:151585
4CAVITE STATE UNIVERSITY74.5016402080.00%3090COE1001:292975
5MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-GEN. SANTOS CITY71.7015456121172.99%10040Level I501:171785
6XAVIER UNIVERSITY (ATENEO DE CAGAYAN)70.33321224669.57%4060COE1001:161685
7SOUTHERN LUZON STATE UNIVERSITY-LUCBAN66.369245013767.15%8040Level II601:232375
8DE LA SALLE-ARANETA UNIVERSITY, INC (GAUF)64.1833403789.19%3080Not Accredited301:161685
9MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-NAAWAN58.9431503686.11%3040Not Accredited301:171785


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