STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

CARIBBEAN UNIVERSITY
Box 493, Road 167 Km. 21.2
Bayamon, PR 00960-0493
Phone: (787) 780-0070; Fax: (787) 785-0101
www.caribbean.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Ana E. Cucurella Adorno, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 3448 Undergraduate; 727 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: None
Carnegie Classification: Master's - Medium Programs
Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctor's - Other (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction);
Distance Education Programs: Not Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: n/a
Other Accreditors: Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Carolina, Carolina, PR; Ponce, Ponce, PR; Vega Baja, Vega Baja, PR
Other Instructional Sites: None
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1977
Last Reaffirmed: June 28, 2012

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 26, 2014: To accept the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
June 28, 2012: To document receipt of the monitoring report, noting that the report necessitated extraordinary effort by the Commission's representatives performing the review, and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove probation because the institution is now in compliance with Standards 2 (Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal), 4 (Leadership and Governance), 7 (Institutional Assessment), 10 (Faculty) and 14 (Assessment of Student Learning), and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1 2014, documenting (1) progress in strengthening institutional research capability to support institutional assessment and evidence that assessment results are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and used to inform planning and resource allocation (Standards 2, 7); (2) progress in strengthening the documentation of the process for assessment of student learning outcomes at the institutional and program levels, and evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). To also request that the monitoring report document progress to date on (3) the development of specific, detailed implementation plans that address the key priorities of the institution and the assignment of responsibility with specific timelines and resources (Standard 2); (4) increasing the number of full-time faculty as it becomes economically viable (Standard 10); (5) the evaluation of faculty recruitment by academic program and discipline (Standard 10); and (6) the dissemination and integration of information related to the assessment of student learning within the university community and among its constituents (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
April 29, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the Commission request for a monitoring report, due April 1 2014, documenting (1) progress in strengthening institutional research capability to support institutional assessment and evidence that assessment results are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and used to inform planning and resource allocation (Standards 2, 7); (2) progress in strengthening the documentation of the process for assessment of student learning outcomes at the institutional and program levels, and evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The monitoring report should also document progress to date on (3) the development of specific, detailed implementation plans that address the key priorities of the institution and the assignment of responsibility with specific timelines and resources (Standard 2); (4) increasing the number of full-time faculty as it becomes economically viable (Standard 10); (5) the evaluation of faculty recruitment by academic program and discipline (Standard 10); and (6) the dissemination and integration of information related to the assessment of student learning within the university community and among its constituents (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2020 - 2021

Next Periodic Review Report: 2016

Date Printed: May 26, 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.