STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

SISTEMA UNIVERSITARIO ANA G. MENDEZ UNIVERSIDAD DEL ESTE
P. O. Box 2010
Carolina, PR 00984-2010
Phone: (787) 257-7373; Fax: (787) 776-1220
www.suagm.edu/une

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Mildred Huertas, Chancellor
System: Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez Central Office
Dr. Jose F. Mendez, President
PO Box 21345
Rio Piedras, PR 00928
Phone: (787) 751-0178; Fax: (787) 766-1706
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 11825 Undergraduate; 1233 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: None
2015 Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate Colleges - Diverse Fields
Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's;
Distance Education Programs: Not Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP)
Other Accreditors: 1. Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration (ACPHA) 2. American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF) 3. Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) 4. International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) 5. Council on Social Work Education(CSWE)
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: Dallas Branch Campus, Dallas, TX; Metro Orlando University Center, Orlando, FL; South Florida University Center, Miramar, FL; Tampa Branch Campus, Tampa, FL; Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center, Wheaton, MD
Additional Locations: Cabo Rojo Off-Campus Center, Cabo Rojo, PR; Capital Area Campus, Washington, DC; Santa Isabel Off-Campus Center, Santa Isabel, PR; Universidad del Este en Arecibo, Arecibo, PR; Universidad del Estes Barceloneta Off-Campus Center, Barceloneta, PR; Yauco Off-Campus Center, Yauco, PR
Other Instructional Sites: South Florida Branch Campus-Instructional site, Miami Lakes, FL
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1959
Last Reaffirmed: June 25, 2015

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 25, 2015: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2020.
June 25, 2015: To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the branch campus at 2998 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75247 within the scope of the institution's accreditation.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 23, 2011: To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To accept the supplemental information report and reaffirm accreditation. To note that a small team visit will not be conducted. The next evaluation visit is now scheduled for 2014-2015.
November 1, 2011: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to provisionally include the branch campus at Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this branch campus. In the event that operations at this branch campus do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
June 28, 2012: To note the visit by the Commission's representatives and to affirm inclusion of the branch campus at Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton, MD 20902 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
October 28, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at the Capital Area Off-Campus Center, 514 V Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
September 2, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location from Universidad del Este en Utuado, Ave. Fernando Robas Dominicci, Carr. #111, Km. 1.8, Utuado, PR 00641 to Universidad del Este en Arecibo, Ur. Industrial Zeno Gandia, Carr. #129 Calle A, lote A-1, Arecibo, PR 00612 and to include the new additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at this additional location and the closure of the other location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
October 27, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include provisionally the branch campus at 2998 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75247 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations and effective upon receipt of state approval. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this branch campus. In the event that operations at the branch campus do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.
January 5, 2015: To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and to provisionally include the Dallas branch campus at 2998 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75247 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2024 - 2025

Date Printed: September 28, 2016

DEFINITIONS

Branch Campus - A branch campus is a domestic or international location of an institution that is geographically apart, independent of the primary/main campus. The branch campus is considered independent of the main campus if it is permanent in nature; offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential; has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and has its own budgetary and hiring authority. (34 CFR §600.2)

Additional Location - An additional location is a domestic or international location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the primary/main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of the requirements of an educational program. (34 CFR §602.22) ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location. ANYC ("Approved but Not Yet Closed") indicates that the institution has requested that the location be officially closed through the substantive change process. The location is currently included within the scope of accreditation but the institution will be stopping all operations at this location in the near future. The institution should inform the Commission (via email at sc@msche.org) of the date that operations cease. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have stopped at this location and the location is no longer listed on the SAS.

Other Instructional Sites - MSCHE defines an other instructional site as any off-campus site, other than those meeting the definition of a branch campus or an additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit. Sites designated as an other instructional site do not require substantive change approval. However, substantive change approval is required to reclassify an other instructional site to or from a branch campus or additional location.

Distance Education Programs - Fully Approved, Approved (one program approved) or Not Approved indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer diploma/certificate/degree programs via distance education (programs for which students could meet 50% or more of the requirements of the program by taking distance education courses). Per the Commission's Substantive Change policy, Commission approval of the first two Distance Education programs is required to be "Fully Approved." If only one program is approved by the Commission, the specific name of the program will be listed in parentheses after "Approved."

Commission actions are explained in the policy Accreditation Actions.