The School of Liberal Arts of Emilio Aguinaldo College was born on May 2004 when the College of Arts and Sciences was dissolved to expand to two new schools: the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Science. Dean Nelida V. Lares is its first Dean. She was appointed to the office after having served as Vice President for Student Affairs for nine years.
Upon its birth, the School of Liberal Arts was faced with the gargantuan task of submitting itself for PACUCOA accreditation, a task left untouched in the College of Arts and Sciences and was on the verge of being expired. The school submitted itself for PACUCOA Revisit on July 2006, then, Formal Visit on March 2008. Passing the standards and requirements of PACUCOA it now holds a LEVEL 1 ACCREDITED STATUS.
The School of Liberal Arts continues to offer two academic programs: Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and Bachelor of Science, major in Psychology. Its vision for the near future is to be able to offer new academic programs in fields that are the demands of the times both locally and abroad.
Aware of the lack in English proficiency among Filipino students, and yet cognizant of the need for it in order to make graduates globally competitive, the school ventured on to two new projects to address this need: Dynamic English (DynEng) and English Enhancement. The DynEng is a computer-assisted language learning (CALL), and with an all-out support from the administration, the School put up a 51-unit computer Dynamic English Laboratory powered by Interactive Language Solutions, Inc. and DynEd International, Inc. The program is offered not only to students but also to faculty and non-academic personnel as part of faculty development and in-service training.
Simultaneously, the school also offers English Enhancement to incoming freshmen who did not meet the criteria set by an English Placement Examination. English Enhancement is a stop-gap measure to help students cope with the demands of college freshman English and college work in general.
Recently, the school has opened, the Advance English Proficiency Training (ADEPT) that assures graduates to be among the priorities for hiring of companies, particularly contact centers. Further, in coordination with e-Telecare, the school would start with a new program, the Global English. A Global English Laboratory with 20-unit computer has been established to serve in tandem with the Dynamic English Laboratory.
The School of Liberal Arts is but a baby on its sixth year. But it is growing fast, healthy and strong with visions for the future.
Presently, attention is focused on the quality of its faculty and instruction. One hundred percent (100%) of its faculty are academically qualified, equipped with masters and doctoral degrees. Seventy-seven percent (77%) are full time and twenty-three percent (23%) are part time. Faculty development is given attention by sending them to conferences, seminars, workshops and re-echoing the same to all faculty. Seminars on test construction, regular updating of syllabi, writing books and workbooks, and research are some of the focal points of the school.
The school is committed to being a primary arm of the entire institution in upholding its vision of: Virtue, Excellence and Service.