Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Inter American University of Puerto Rico Ponce Campus
    Mercedita, PR
  • Address:
    104 Turpeaux Industrial Park Road #1
    Mercedita, PR 00715-1602
  • Phone:
    (787) 284-1912
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dra. Katherine Rivera González
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1962
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2013
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022-2023
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2027

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Health Sciences Department
Sabonetas Industrial Park, Building B Number 239, Lot 29
Ponce, PR 00716
Additional Location
INTERTEC
Calle Ramon Power Esq. Calle Jose I. Quinton
Coamo, PR 00769
Additional Location
Orlando Cyber Study Center
13574 Village Park Dr. Suite 150
Orlando, FL 32837
Other Instructional Site

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • March 5, 2020
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted and no further evidence is required at this time. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that a follow-up team visit will not be conducted. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • June 21, 2018
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional locations at Health Sciences Department, Sabanetas Industrial Park, Building B, Number 239, Lot 29, Ponce, PR 00716, and INTERTEC, Calle Ramon Power, Esq. Calle Jose I. Quinton, Coamo, PR, 00769 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • March 15, 2018
    To accept the Supplemental Information reports. To request a Supplemental Information report, due August 1, 2018, regarding the status of the institution. A small team visit may follow submission of the report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • October 19, 2017
    To request a supplemental information report due, December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.  The August 1, 2017 supplemental information report has been received and will be acted on at the March Commission meeting.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the reclassification of the instructional site at Health Sciences Department, Sabanetas Industrial Park, Building B, Number 239, Lot 29, Ponce, PR 00716 as an additional location and to provisionally include the location within the scope of the institution’s accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • May 4, 2017
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due August 1, 2017, addressing the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)'s recent action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • October 26, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the Puerto Rico Counsel on Higher Education and to include the Doctorate of Philosophy in Second Language Research within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).