“The State shall give priority  to education, science and technology, arts, culture and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development.”

          – Article II, Section 17, The Constitutions of the Philippines

“ The State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels, and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all.”

  • Article XIV, Section 1, The Constitutions of the Philippines

“The State shall:

 – Encourage non-formal, informal, and indigenous learning systems, as well as self-learning, independent, and out-of-school study programs particularly those that respond to community needs; and

– Provide adult citizens, the disabled, and out-of-school youth with training in civics, vocational efficiency, and other skills.”

          – Article XIV, Section 2 (4&5), The Constitutions of the Philippines


The AIDE’s Academic Council is guided by the foregoing Legal Foundations of distance education. The Institute’s Academic Council is the highest governing body and is in charge of both administrative operations and academic affairs of AIDE. It sets policies and overseas all the functions of the Institute to ensure that they correspond with the Institute’s objectives and government policies, standards and guidelines as prescribed by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). In addition, the Institute’s Academic Council supervises personnel (both academic and administrative) and ensuring regulations of the Institute’s finances and resources. AIDE’s Academic Council also plays a critical and crucial academic role as all AIDE degrees and certificates are awarded/conferred under the authority of the Academic Council.

Subject to existing laws, the Academic Council exercises exclusive powers and functions, such as:

  1. To prescribe the courses of study and rules of discipline in conformity with the guidelines and standards set by CHED.
  2. To set the requirements for admission to any degrees offered by the University, as well as for completion/graduation and the conferment of degrees.
  3. To recommend to CHED students or others to be recipients of degrees.
  4. To exercise disciplinary powers over the students within the limits prescribed by the rules of discipline approved by the Board.


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