The Ifugao State University with its main campus at Nayon, Lamut 3605, Ifugao, Republic of the Philippines has undergone a progressive metamorphosis since its inception in 1920 as Nayon Settlement Farm School by American Educators. It closed at the outbreak of World War II and re-opened after liberation maintaining its general elementary instruction while engaging in agriculture projects particularly gardening and poultry raising.
In 1959, the school changed its name into Ifugao Pilot Opportunity School of Agriculture (IPOSA) through R.A. 2432. Then after some years, it was renamed into Payon Bugan Pilot Opportunity School of Agriculture (PBPOSA) in honor of Bugan, the original owner and donor of the land where the school’s main campus is located. The school continued to enhance its programs offering regular vocational agriculture and homemaking courses during this period.
In 1971, because of the need to expand its programs to accommodate the need of the community, PBPOSA was converted into Ifugao Agricultural and Technical College (IATC) which produced the first batch of graduates from two-year technical courses in agriculture and homemaking in 1973 and first degree graduates in 1975.
In 1982, IATC became Ifugao State College of Agriculture and Forestry (ISCAF) through R.A. 189 integrating five(5) secondary schools in the province of Ifugao namely: Potia, Amduntog, Hacmal, Hapao, and Tinoc. The college grows even higher with the offering of degree programs in education, agriculture, forestry, home technology, computer technology, industrial arts; and masters programs in education, management and agriculture. Expanded Tertiary Education program was also offered.
By virtue of R.A. 7722 otherwise known as the Higher Education Modernization Act, Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) were separated from the Basic Education (Elementary and High School) and were subjected to the supervision of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) while the latter with the Department of Education (DepEd) during the second millennium (2000). Thus, campuses offering primarily secondary education were turned over to DepEd. ISCAF Potia and Tinoc campuses remained with ISCAF as they were then offering tertiary courses. The Commission on Higher Education moved to integrate CHED Supervised Institutions (CHIs) into existing state colleges or universities in each province. Thus, the Ifugao College of Arts and Trades (ICAT) at Lagawe, Ifugao was integrated with ISCAF.
In 2003, other degrees, masters’ and doctor’s programs were offered. From 2005 to 2008, new programs were offered: criminology, midwifery, nursing, management, hotel and restaurant management, computer engineering, and civil engineering. The four-fold trusts of the university are on instruction, research, extension, and income generation.
In 2009, the college was later converted into Ifugao State University through R.A. 9720 under the administration of Dr. Serafin L. Ngohayon, the first University President. Hon. Solomon R. Chungalao, Representative of the Lone District of Ifugao from year 2001-2010 became the main author of the bill filed in the 14th House of Congress converting the college into a state university. Sen. ‘Mar’ Roxas along with some senators in the Philippine House of Senate authored the senate version of the bill until it was formally signed by Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on October 14, 2009.
Today, IFSU is one of the recognized active State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and in the national level. The present administration continues the metamorphosis of providing quality education by having all its programs undergo and pass series of accreditations as implemented by the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities of the Philippines Inc. (AACCUP). Therefore all the degrees offered by Ifugao State University is recognized in the Philippines. Along with the continuous progress of the university is the strengthening of its academic programs toward excellence, enhancement of its research capabilities, sustainable income generating projects, and strengthening of its linkages to national and international organizations.