STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

INTER AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO-PONCE CAMPUS
104 Turpo Industrial Park Road #1
Mercedita, PR 00715-1602
Phone: (787) 284-1912; Fax: (787) 841-0103
ponce.inter.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Vilma E. Colon-Acosta, Chancellor
System: Inter American University of Puerto Rico Central Office
Lcdo. Manuel J. Fernos, President
G.P.O Box 36355
San Juan, PR 00936
Phone: (787) 766-1912; Fax: (787) 766-1982
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 5084 Undergraduate; 413 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: Government-State Systems- Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Carnegie Classification: Baccalaureate - Diverse Fields
Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master's, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship (Doctor of Education in Leadership and Instruction in Distance Education);
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education ; American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education ; Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP); Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Other Accreditors: * Puerto Rico Council of Higher Education. * Middle States Commissions on Higher Education.
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: INTERTEC, Coamo, PR  (ANYA)
Other Instructional Sites: Health Sciences Department, Ponce, PR; Orlando Cyber Study Center, Orlando, FL
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1962
Last Reaffirmed: June 27, 2013

Most Recent Commission Action:
May 2, 2016: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at INTERTEC, Calle Ramon Power, Esq. Calle Jose I. Quinton, Coamo, PR, 00769 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. 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 Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 27, 2013: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
October 27, 2014: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional location at The Cybernetic Center, Plaza del Caribe Mall, Ponce, PR 00730. To remove this additional location from the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
April 27, 2015: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Instruction in Distance Education within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
February 29, 2016: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Doctorate of Philosophy in Second Language Research within the scope of the institution's accreditation to be effective upon receipt of state approval. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022 - 2023

Next Periodic Review Report: 2018

Date Printed: May 27, 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.