The Philippines' National Book Development Board (Filipino: Pambansang Lupon sa Pagpapaunlad ng Aklat), abbreviated as NBDB, is an agency of the Philippine government under the Department of Education responsible for developing and supporting the Philippine book publishing industry.
58 private institutions given deregulated or autonomous status by CHED
In an article on Positive News Media last December 11, 2009, the Commission on Higher Education announced that 58 private higher education institutions (HEIs) nationwide have been granted autonomous or deregulated status for exemplary performance not just in education but also in research and extension services.
Of the 58, 44 HEIs were given autonomous status while the rest were given deregulated status. 19 of these schools can be found in the National Capital Region (NCR), while six of these institutions are in Region IV-Calabarzon and another six in Region VII.
These HEIs are home to FAAP Level III Accredited programs, as well as being Centers of Excellence or Centers of Development and have done well in licensure examinations conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
Autonomous HEIs will enjoy privileges such as priority listing for subsidies/grants from CHED, determining and presenting their own curricular programs in their area of expertise at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and being free from regular monitoring and evaluation by CHED.
This news came in light of recent controversies such as the recent closure of six law schools and the monitoring of 152 nursing schools. These “underperforming” schools had failed to reach the national passing rate in their respective fields for the past few years.