CARAGA STATE UNIVERSITY IN THE CARAGA REGION BY INTEGRATING THE NORTHERN MINDANAO STATE INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NORMISIST) IN AMPAYON, BUTUAN CITY, THE NORTHERN MINDANAO COLLEGE OF ARTS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NMCAST) IN CABADBARAN, AGUSAN DEL NORTE
The House Bill No. 5110, an Act Endorsing the Caraga State University in the Caraga Region by Integrating the Northern Mindanao State Institute of Science and Technology (NORMISIST) in Ampayon, Butuan City and the Northern Mindanao College of Arts, Science and Technology (NMCAST) in Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte and Appropriating Funds Therefor, was filed in Congress by Congressional Representative Jose “Joboy” Aquino.
The NORMISIST has grown into a system with one satellite campus, the then NMCAST which is now known as the NORMISIST Cabadbaran Campus (NCC) by virtue of integration of Commission on Higher Education (CHED) supervised school. The NORMISIST and NMCAST/NCC have demonstrated their commitment to delivering quality instruction research and extension services per findings of the Commission on Higher Education. The actual evaluation was conducted by the national and regional CHED representatives, namely: Dr. Heracleo D. Lagrada, Director of the CHED-Office on Policies and Standard and Ms. Rita Sescar who comes from the same national office, and Engr. Ramil Sanchez of CHED-Caraga, on March 6.
The establishment of Caraga State University would facilitate effective response to the manpower requirements of the Region as it offers wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses within its areas of specialization.
NORMISIST has been applying for state university since 1996. With the collaborative and sustained efforts from three successive administrations, and congressmen, and through the unwavering support of the Regional Development Council, the state college has finally complied with all requirements for level 3 accreditation. The AACCUP accreditation is but a matter of time. The Region will finally have a state university.