"The Isabela State University as a leading, vibrant, comprehensive and research university in the country and the ASEAN region."
The Isabela State University is one of the top state universities in the country having been named as one of the 19 leading universities by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). It has also been identified as one of the 12 Level IV universities in the country by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). All these speak a lot about the stature of the University in so far as some national norms are concerned. However, the challenges ahead that need to be addressed appear to be increasingly becoming difficult.
The advent and ultimate entry of the Philippines into the ASEAN 2015, and its impact in terms of the type, level, competition, as well as the supply and demand for labor and skills in an open market has tremendous implications not only for state college and universities, but also for private academic institutions in the region. The state universities and colleges in the country – the ISU in particular, must brace for the challenges of the ASEAN one open economy. It must start its program to respond to international norms and take leadership to make sure that Filipinos become competitive. It is a formidable challenge and ISU must keep focus and remain steadfast in its vision to be one among the leading comprehensive research universities in the ASEAN region.