About Wesleyan University-Philippines
By Wesleyan University-Philippines Staff • Last update 2010-07-01
Wesleyan University-Philippines is a non-stock, non-profit, United Methodist-related, non-sectarian, and co-educational institution standing for Scholarship, Service and Character. Its specific aim is to develop people and communities for a better life by empowering the youth for exemplary leadership to strengthen democratic institutions for nation building, adhering to the motto "Building people. Making a difference."
The University operates five programs enjoying Level II Accreditation Status certified by the Federation of Accrediting Agencies of the Philippines (FAAP) for the Association of Christian Schools and Colleges Accrediting Agency, Inc. (ACSC-AAI). These programs are the pre-school, elementary, high school, Accountancy and the Graduate School. On the other hand, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education, and Business Administration are now enjoying Level III Accreditation status.
The Commission on Higher Education granted this university a Deregulated Status in 2004. In the most recent evaluation conducted in the year 2005 by the Commission on Higher Education, the WU-P Graduate School was rated very good, besting all other schools in Region III including the state universities and colleges.
Recently, the University became one of few private higher institutions in the country that have been granted autonomy by the Commission on Higher Education.
In 1946, several Methodist brethren led by the late Rev. Carlos Mañacop, Sr., planned the establishment of a Christian institution of higher learning in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija which had then flourished from the ashes of the Second World War.
On July 1, 1946, the group officially established the institution of higher learning naming it the Philippine Wesleyan College. The college started its operation and was incorporated on April 28, 1948. The institution was named after John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.
The school started operation in an old and dilapidated sawali (woven split bamboo mats) and wooden building where the first batch of nineteen (19) faculty members met their classes. The student population was composed of 368 students. The first two courses offered were Liberal Arts and Teacher education.
Since then, the university has grown in terms of academic programs, community outreach programs, physical plant and other facilities, student population, and campus area. Several undergraduate courses and graduate programs are now offered. To enable the university to have an adequate campus, Bishop Ralph Cushman donated cash to purchase three (3) hectares of land. Other parcels of land were purchased and a two-hectare land was also donated by the Garcia family. In 1982, the university prepared a ten-year development plan (1982–1992) which included the plan to transfer the entire university to the Cushman Campus. All the academic units of the university were accommodated in the Cushman Campus a full year ahead of schedule. This was made possible upon the completion of the Academic Building and the EZE Building, both constructed using funds donated by a Protestant organization in Germany. Later that year an Extension campus was built on Poblacion 01, Maria Aurora, Aurora.
Under the administration of Rev. Mañacop, Dr. Perez, and Dr. Roxy Lefforge, Wesleyan experienced unprecedented growth. During the time of Rev. Mañacop, the enrollment grew fast with the addition of new programs. A U-shaped concrete four-storey building was constructed during the time of Dr. Perez at Del Pilar Street. An Elementary school building, dormitory, and a two-storey concrete building, which houses the Technology department, was also built in the Cushman Campus. Some new programs were offered and the Graduate School was reopened.
It was during Dr. Lacson’s term (1970-1994) when many great improvements took place. The three-storey EZE building, now housing the College of Education, was completed. Likewise, the four-story Academic Building was finished which now houses the Colleges of Commerce, and Arts and Sciences. The four-storey Library and Research Building was also made available for occupancy. The three-storey Administration Building was finished and was named after Gloria D. Lacson. The three-storey High School building was made operational.
Because of the steady growth and high academic standards, competent and dedicated faculty, personnel, improved facilities, expanded academic programs, broadened base of clientele, and enriched community and social services, Philippine Wesleyan College was awarded a University status and became the Wesleyan University-Philippines on April 24, 1978.
Through the efforts of Dr. Cleto, more buildings were constructed. One of them is the D.D. Alejandro Hall, a five-storey concrete building constructed in front of the high school at the entrance to the campus. This building now houses the Department of Computer Studies. A five-storey dormitory constructed at the southern part of the campus. Yet another three-storey building was erected north of the high school building. This building now houses the Pre-school and Elementary School Departments.
With Dr. Lumba at the helm, WU-P continued to grow and to serve the community through its mission of scholarship, service, and character. Infrastructure development continued to grow with the construction of a three-storey building which presently accommodates the Food Gallery, the College of Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Management (CHRIM), the CHRIM Mini Hotel, the Center for Review and Lifelong Learning. The renovation of the University Gate was completed and the John Wesley Park, which nestles the monumental stature of John Wesley, was constructed.
Since then, the university has grown in terms of the programs it offers. Academic programs such as Nursing, Social Work, Nutrition, Agriculture, Electronics and Communications Engineering, Graduate Courses in Business Administration, and a Doctoral Program in Business Administration were added to its degree offerings. The Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science, Criminology, and Hotel Institution and Restaurant Management have been recently recognized by the Commission on Higher Education.
During the administration of Atty. Maglaya, the ninth President, the WU-P Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center and Medical Center was established.
Recently the university has been granted full autonomy by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) because of its educational integrity, and dedicated faculty and personnel.
With Prof. Palomo as current president, WU-P reinvented itself and became a modern university with improved facilities, refurbished buildings, an all new JJD Garcia Auditorium and, full Wi-Fi connectivity all over the university. During his first presidential convocation, Prof. Palomo said that the university will be opening new programs like Medicine, and Law at the old campus in Quimzon Street. More are being planned for Wesleyan like an all new air-conditioned gymnasium with an olympic-sized swimming pool and a new Food Gallery.
As of today, Wesleyan continues to grow to meet the standards of a modern and an autonomous university.