19 rank Best Social Work Schools in the Philippines for 2019

Best Social Work Schools in the Philippines for 2019

The ranking of the Best Social Work Schools in the Philippines for 2019 has been released, which currently featured only 19 out of the 124 colleges and universities offering social work undergraduate programs.

The University of the Philippines Diliman took the lead for social work with an 85.50% overall score after considering their performance in the 2019 social work licensure examination, accreditation status, and faculty-student ratio. UP Diliman is presently the sole Center of Excellence (COE) in social work as accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).

Bicol University-Daraga made the 2nd rank on the list for 2019 with an 82.68% overall score, ahead of Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City at 3rd rank with an 81.68% overall score, Bicol University-Tabaco 4th rank with 76.36%, and Mindanao State University-Marawi City at 5th rank with 76.17%.

Rounding out the remaining five places for the first 10 best social work schools are the Ateneo de Davao University at 6th rank, Saint Louis University in Baguio City at 7th, Lourdes College at 8th, Palawan State University in Puerto Princesa City at 9th, and Universidad de Santa Isabel at 10th.

The list is based on the results of August 2019 social work licensure examination plus other factors including accreditation status of the program and faculty-student ratio to find out which schools offering social work programs have the most valuable degree programs to produce a batch of examinees with high social work licensure examination passing rates.

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the Local Pulse School Rankings, however, the weightings for a 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 social work 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 passing rate of the August 2019 social work licensure examination, number of examinees, and top performing examinees as the overall board exam performance, and faculty-student ratio and accreditation status of social work as other criteria. Note that the weighted passing rates we used for the August 2019 social work licensure examination were 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.

19 Best Philippine Schools to Study Social Work for 2019
OVERALL SCORE (%)PASSEDFAILEDTOTALWeighted 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-DILIMAN85.5020020100.00%4090COE1001:151585
2BICOL UNIVERSITY-DARAGA82.681321014292.96%10040Level III701:242475
3LEYTE NORMAL UNIVERSITY81.684814997.96%60100Level II601:181885
4BICOL UNIVERSITY-TABACO76.366197087.14%9060Level I501:242475
5MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY-MARAWI CITY76.17911410586.67%10070Not Accredited301:171785
6ATENEO DE DAVAO UNIVERSITY70.691922190.48%4040Level III701:131385
7SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY70.30772310077.00%10040Candidate401:272775
8LOURDES COLLEGE67.502193070.00%5070Level III701:111185
9PALAWAN STATE UNIVERSITY-P. PRINCESA67.3844135777.19%7040Level II601:303065
10UNIVERSIDAD DE SANTA ISABEL65.652943387.88%5040Candidate401:161685
11OCCIDENTAL MINDORO STATE COLLEGE63.8247156275.81%8040Not Accredited301:272775
12NOTRE DAME OF MARBEL UNIVERSITY63.801852378.26%4040Level II601:181885
13SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE63.302322592.00%4040Not Accredited301:131385
14PAMANTASAN NG LUNGSOD NG VALENZUELA62.393784582.22%6040Not Accredited301:222275
15SAINT PAUL UNIVERSITY-TUGUEGARAO61.6927103772.97%5040Level II601:353565
16UNIVERSITY OF CEBU60.353363984.62%5040Not Accredited301:393965
17INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ASIA & THE PACIFIC59.6735134872.92%6040Not Accredited301:181885
18COLEGIO DE STA. ANA DE VICTORIAS-NEGROS OCCIDENTAL56.501552075.00%4040Not Accredited301:151585
19URDANETA CITY UNIVERSITY54.6021103167.74%5040Not Accredited301:222275


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