Reflected in its activities is the undeniable fact that ALCU is a dynamic organization. Since its inception, it continuously engages in a variety of events and activities all year round. In October 1999, the first AFALCU Meet was conducted giving students the opportunity to get involved in athletic competitions, thereby developing sportsmanship, camaraderie and physical fitness. In October 2000, the 1st ALCU Academic and Skills Olympics were conducted at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila showcasing and enriching the students’ skills in English, Science, Mathematics, General Information, as well as in Information Technology and other technical skills.
On 23-26 May 2002, the First National Conference of LCUs was held in the University of Makati with the theme “The Role of LCUs in Localizing Quality Education,” and “The Role of LCUs in Bringing Higher Education to Where it Matters Most.” It was at this conference that various people, organizations and national and local government functionaries were pooled in to chart out the directions and fine-tune the operations of the LCUs. ALCU received the first public announcement from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the former’s role as “partner in maintaining quality higher education” and its autonomy in its operations, as well as those of the member-institutions.
A milestone event in the evolution of ALCU took place when it entered into an agreement with the Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA) in October 2002. The formal signing of the Protocol of Cooperation signaled a new phase in the life of ALCU which paved the way for viable partnership and cooperative/collaborative undertaking in realizing the mandate of both institutions to promote technical education and skills development programs, as well as the development of a mechanism for all ALCU members to qualify as among the TESDA accredited education and training institutions with emphasis on quality higher education. In realizing this joint undertaking, TESDA sponsored a two-day seminar-workshop for ALCU member-institutions entitled “Workshop Towards Making Quality-Assured TVET Work in Local Colleges and Universities” on 10-11 December 2002 at Tiara Oriental Hotel in Makati City. With the success of this seminar, a more comprehensive seminar-workshop was again sponsored by TESDA on 17-21 February 2003 at Days Hotel in Tagaytay City. This week-long, live-in seminar on “Competency-Based Curriculum Development Course for TVET Stakeholders” resulted in the formation of a new competency-based, employment-directed and value-laden set of curricula for terminal occupational courses with a ladderized-approach type for technical tertiary education.
Still another first, ALCU made cultural debut with the staging of the 1st ALCU Cultural Competition on 07 March 2003 at the Pasig City Convention Center. Luminaries in the field of theatre, performing and cultural arts from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Philippine Educational Theater Arts (PETA) were on hand as luminaries and judges.
On 28 April 2003, the city and municipal mayors of the 15 ALCU schools were publicly honored by ALCU through the “Tribute to the Mayors” held at Mactan Hall, Shangri-la Edsa Plaza Hotel, Mandaluyong City. The 14 mayors who are staunch benefactors of the 15 local colleges and universities affiliated with ALCU were feted in recognition of their unqualified support and sense of solidarity with their local schools which nurture the community’s most precious wealth -- their local citizens.
Year 2003 was indeed and had proven to be a very productive year for ALCU, even as it marked the influx of new membership, namely, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (PLVal), City College of Tagaytay (CCT), Bulacan Polytechnic College (BPC), and the Pamantasang ng Montalban (PnM). Fruitful as it continues to be, this year witnessed the MOA signing between ALCU and the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) headed by the LCP President, then-Mayor of Tagaytay City Frances Tolentino, held on 10 December 2003.
With ALCU’s innovative accomplishments, dynamic growth and strategic development reaching the leadership of Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), Bro. Rolando R. Dizon, then-CHEd Chairman, invited the ALCU officers and members to his office for a consultative meeting. In this forum, Bro. Dizon emphasized the CHEd’s full recognition of ALCU’s autonomy based on the authority of the municipal/city ordinance that created its members in consonance with the provisions of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. As far as the CHED is concerned, ALCU schools are exempted from seeking CHED permit for as long as the minimum standards set by CHEd are complied with. He likewise highlighted the creation of the ALCU Commission on Accreditation (ALCU-COA) which was formally organized by ALCU in keeping with its commitment to maintain exceptionally high standards in tertiary/higher education.
Responding to the challenge to rise up to the ideals of great and outstanding institutions of higher learning, the ALCU Board braced for a series of planning sessions and conferences, including the executive revisioning session for the ALCU-COA on 21-22 October 2003 at the Development Academy of the Philippines in Tagaytay City. Based on this new orientation, the Second National Conference of LCUs with the theme, “Strengthening LCUs through Accreditation,” was held on 20-23 November 2003 at the Olongapo City Convention Center, Olongapo City, with the Gordon College as the host-school. In a landmark activity that is viewed as a major breakthrough in the field of accreditation, ALCU-COA and the Accrediting Agency for Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines (AACCUP) have federated to form the National Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (NNQAA).
From then on, three "Trainings of Accreditors" were conducted where Ms. Concepcion Pijano, Executive Director of PAASCU, and Dr. Manuel Corpus, Executive Director of AACCUP, both acknowledged as accreditation experts, served as speaker-trainors.
In 2004, three (3) more schools were added to ALCU, namely: Bago City College, La Carlota City College, and Lipa City Public College. In 2005, two locally-funded schools became members of ALCU such as Quirino Polytechnic College and Pamantasang Bayan ng San Mateo.
On 14-16 November 2005, the 3rd ALCU National Conference was held with the theme: “LCUs Moving Towards Organizational Sustainability” held at Days Hotel, Tagaytay City.
In 2006, three (3) more schools joined the ALCU, namely: Passi City College, Laguna University, and Mariano Quinto Alarilla Polytechnic College.
Through the years of ALCU's fruitful existence, its unique features have shaped up, namely: community-based, values-oriented, locally-funded, focused on community needs, partnership with the industry, ladderized competency-based curriculum, and market-driven programs. Similarly, ALCU is a conglomerate of people from different communities coming together to provide quality higher education; to restore Filipino culture; to spearhead local community development as the foundation of a concerted national development; and to promote peace, justice and environmental protection. Through the years, ALCU serves and will continue to innovate with its essential role as a battleship of the grassroots’ clamor for local economic development through quality higher education.
Indeed, ALCU has been facing new challenges by actively participating with the Commission on Higher Education when it became one of the members of the Technical Working Group which crafted the CMO No. 32, series of 2006, approved by CHED on 06 July 2006. Earlier, ALCU was also involved in two (2) CMOs, namely, CMO Nos. 1 and 10, series 2005. This exemplifies the genuine partnership of ALCU and CHED in upholding quality and excellence in higher education.
At present, ALCU is still a 31-member strong association, staying steadfast in its concerns for the wholesome development of the Filipino citizenry which is of vital importance in the development of our country.
The Association is growing bigger and bigger in membership as evidenced by the list of new applicants to be counted in.