By mandate of DECS Order No. 15 Series of 1971, authorizing the operation of government-supported community colleges in the country, the Provincial Board of Kalinga-Apayao, led by Governor Rolando T. Puzon passed Resolution No. 97, Series of 1974, establishing the Kalinga –Apayao State College of Trade and Industry (KCCTI). The KCCTI, which offered purely vocational courses in poultry, piggery, garments, trade and native loom weaving, was then inaugurated with Mr. Augusto Alejandrino as the first Administrator.
Subsequently, the Municipal Council of Tabuk, passed Resolution No. 8 authorizing KCCTI to use the Municipal Plaza Reservation, Lot No. 1416 for the putting of its physical plant with authority to remain in force as long as the college exists.
After securing a government permit, the school opened the two-year Midwifery course. Fortunately, from its graduates of 45 Midwives, 30 took the Board Examination of which 100% passed. In 1978, the College Administrator successfully worked out the offering of Liberal Arts, Commerce, Education and Secretarial Courses. Because of this significant development, the Provincial Governor, Hon. Amado B. Almazan recommended the change of the school’s name from the Kalinga Community College of Trade and Industry to Kalinga Community College.
On January 26, 1986, the Kalinga-Apayao State College was created under P.D. 2017 mandating the merging of the Kalinga Community College, Dona Eufronia Molina Puzon Memorial High School, Tabuk National High School, and BIBAK NAS. Nevertheless, due to some technicalities, it was only made operational on October 7, 1992. That time the Board of Trustees had its organizational meeting held at the Office of the Undersecretary of DECS, University of Life Complex, Pasig, Metro Manila.
The meeting was presided over by Hon. Luis Baltazar, DECS Undersecretary and was attended by Hon. Joseph Alabanza, NEDA-CAR Regional Director, Stephen N. Capuyan, DECS- CAR Regional Director, and Mr. Norfredo M. Dulay was designated as the first Board Secretary.
Consequently, the tertiary program of the BIBAK National Agricultural School was integrated with the State College under Memorandum of Agreement into and between the Officer-in-charge of the Kalinga- Apayao State College, Mr. Augusto S. Alejandrino and Regional Director of the DECS on January 2, 1993.
On July 7, 1993, the President of the Republic of the Philippines, His Excelleny Fidel V. Ramos, appointed Dr. Francisco M. Basuel as the first President of the Kalinga- Apayao State College on August 2, 1993.
Within the term of Dr. Basuel from 1993 to 1997, the State College had undertaken certain significant development. The additional undergraduate programs were B.S. in Forestry, B.S. in Environmental Studies, B.S. in Development Education, B.S. in Entrepreneurship and Forest Ranger Certificate. Other short- term vocational courses and training programs were offered aside from existing academic programs. The Graduate School Program of KASC was also approved offering graduate degree programs such as Master of Arts in Teaching (English), Master of Science in Public Administration, Master of Science in Rural Development, Doctor of Philosophy in Development Education, and Doctor of Philosophy in Community Development.
The needed infrastructure projects were also completed with a budget of P18.9 million. KASC also acquired for free, 44 hectares of the Provincial Government reservation where the Main Campus is now situated.
Other land acquisitions for educational needs of KASC were the 400 hectares of Land located at Rizal, Kalinga from the DENR for purposes of research, extension and production projects.
Linkages with good number of regional and national government agencies were established to provide financial assistance and technical support to the State College moreover, KASC as a member-institution of the PASUC-CAR assumed its development role in CAR with Watershed Development as its Center for Excellence. In order to enhance its instructional capability, the State College implemented a Faculty and Staff Development Program. To upgrade the quality instruction and educational education of each academic personnel, a good number of deserving faculty members were sent for study leave and have completed their graduate courses. Dr. Basuel’s term ended in 1997.
On November 2, 1997, Dr. Venus I. Lammawin was elected by the Board of Trustees as the second President of the Kalinga-Apayao State College. Under Dr. Venus I. Lammawin, the infrastructure projects, which were started by her predecessor, were completed in fast record time. The Academic Laboratory Building, Administrative Building, Library Building and Road Network were completed. Personnel Staff Development became more extensive sending faculty and staff for graduate studies on Saturdays and Sundays aside from those who were given full time study leave. Enrolment undertook steep increase requiring additional faculty members. Increase in library holdings, which were immediately satisfied. Under the leadership of Dr. Lammawin, the College facilities were upgraded ensuring quality services to each clientele.
Several of the outstanding accomplishments of Dr. Lammawin in her two terms as the President of the KASC includes the following: 1) Titling of the 43 hectares land area of KASC Bulanao; 2) The State College was adjudged outstanding in physical and financial performance by the DBM, year 2002; 3) The Farmers Technology Services (FITS) garnered first place in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), year 2002; 4) The computerization of the Accounting and Registrar Sections which served as frontline services to the students, year 2003; and 5) The installation of the internet system, year 2004.
On the academic side, the State College ranked SUC Level II in the SUC leveling conducted by CHED and DBM and the Graduate School Programs and Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering got good ratings from the CHED conducted Regional quality assessment.
Dr. Lammawin was also instrumental in the initial implementation of the ₱400, 000.00 CHED Students’ Fund Assistance Program (STUFAP) and she established the Geographical Information System (GIS) Center at KASC.
Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon, ISCAF President served as Officer- In-charge of the KASC from November 7, 2005 to March 9, 2006. During that time, the following were the accomplishments: 1) Facilitated the Preliminary Survey of AACUP on the Teacher Education Programs of KASC specially the Bachelor of Secondary education and the Bachelor of Elementary education on February 2006. The result of which was the Candidate Status of the BSED and DEED programs; 2) Initiated and worked out the Accreditation Assistance of the CHED- PASUC- TRINITAS Knowledge- Based Textbook Development Project in the amount of ₱500,000.00 book purchases; 3) Facilitated the acquisition of ₱15,000.00 worth of Science Encyclopedia and Dictionary donated by the International Science Foundation; 4) Recommended to the Center of Governance of the Development Academy of the Philippines, four faculty members of the Education Department to as their facilitators and documentors of a research study on education that DAP will be conducting to the Cordillera Administrative Region; 5) Sent faculty members to seminars and trainings conducted by CHED during the period.
Dr. Eduardo T. Bagtang, assumed the reins of the Presidency on March 10, 2006 just after his appointment as President of Kalinga-Apayao State College on March 9, 2006.
During his four- year term he had done numerous accomplishment both in the hardware and software aspects of KASC such as the following: accreditation of eight (8) undergraduate degree programs and three (3) graduate programs to level 1 status, offering of relevant, highly-employable courses such as BSIT, BSCE, BSCoE, BSHRM, BSCr, etc.; relevantization of several existing degree program; strengthening of the research, extension and production activities of KASC; sending more than forty members of the faculty and staff to pursue their respective advanced degrees; acquisition of more laboratory and computer equipment; construction of many infrastructure projects such as the road network in Bulanao Campus and academic buildings in Bulanao, Dagupan and Rizal Campus, and the formulation and setting in place, good, human, and just governance in KASC.
Because of his unparalleled accomplishments in the history of KASC, Dr. Eduardo T. Bagtang was reappointed for his second term on March 9, 2010.
Presently, his leadership in working for the accreditation of more degree programs and accreditation of the nine (9) programs that were at level 1 status to level 2 status, establishment of linkages with foreign agencies that enabled our students to have their OJT in foreign countries, construction of the Engineering bldg, Midwifery bldg, gymnasium, amphitheater, and the hostel bldg for the HRM students.
The university Status of KASC is finally accorded by the Commission on Higher Education on December 15, 2015 during the term of Dr. Jovita E. Saguibo, the first University President. This historical achievement of the institution as it is now fully compliant to the operational requirements of the Republic Act 10584- “An Act Converting the Kalinga-Apayao State College in the City of Tabuk, Province of Kalinga into a State University to be known as the Kalinga State University and Appropriating Funds Therefore”.
In the field of Instruction, the State University consistently pursued accreditation of its degree programs.
For research, the Institution has continuously reaped awards in the regional and national levels and have published in refereed journals. It had also institutionalized the peer review of its researchers.
The extension services continuously served the beneficiary communities and implemented special projects funded by cooperating agencies.
In its mission to primarily serve its clientele, the students, the present dispensation had sought the approval of the Board of Trustees on policies that would lead to the betterment of the quality of instruction and services towards student development.
The benefits due to the personnel of the State University was given priority as evidenced by the promotion of the faculty members in their NBC 461 and the grant of monetization to all qualified personnel.
On October 5, 2015, Dr. Eduardo T. Bagtang was elected as the second University President. In his term, he envisioned a quality policy statement for the Kalinga State University to wit:
The Kalinga State University (KSU) is a higher education institution created by law to provide excellent instruction, conduct relevant research and foster community engagement that produce highly competent graduates necessary for the development of the country.
The Office of the President provides leadership that supports the implementation of the University’s vision, mission, goals and objectives that shapes the future through educating and empowering people to meet the real challenges of tomorrow. The new leadership is committed to fostering an institution-wide commitment to quality thereby strengthening a quality culture in KSU.
By adopting a strategic approach to quality, the University President aim to continually improve the quality management system and the services provided to our customers and stakeholders through:
- Producing highly competent, quality and world-class manpower in arts, agriculture, forestry, social and natural sciences and technology, and other relevant fields of study who are proficient in communication skills, critical thinking and analytical abilities;
- Promoting and undertaking research and extension services, and provide progressive leadership in its areas of specialization to carry out its objectives;
- Satisfying the needs of the industry, the community and government sector who are in need of quality graduates and technology ready for commercialization through the establishment, operation, maintenance and continuous improvement of a Quality Management System which is aligned with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008.
It shall be the policy of the University that the quality policies and procedures are communicated to and understood, by all faculty members, staff, students and other stakeholders and shall be continually improved for their relevance and effectiveness.