Statement of Accreditation Status
Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR
Ave. Ponce de León 951
San Juan, PR 00907
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
Prof. Ariel Guzman
Commission Staff Liaison:
Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President
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.
For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
- Accreditation Granted: 1975
- Last Reaffirmation: 2015
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2019-2020
- Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024
Alternative Delivery Methods
The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method
Not approved for this delivery method
Approved Credential Levels
The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
- 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:
The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.
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.
- June 24, 2021To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To postpone a decision and request a supplemental information report, due December 1, 2021, documenting evidence of (1) the institution offers an undergraduate general education program, free standing or integrated into academic disciplines, that is consistent with higher education expectations (Standard III); (2) clearly stated educational goals at the institutional and degree/program levels, which are interrelated with one another, with relevant educational experiences, and with the institution’s mission (Standard V); and (3) student learning programs that are characterized by coherence and appropriate assessment of student achievement throughout its educational offerings, at both institutional and program levels, with evidence that faculty and appropriate institutional stakeholders have considered and used assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard V). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the supplemental information report. To note the visit will also fulfill the verification requirements of the USDE guidelines. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
- January 4, 2021To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include alternative delivery method-distance education within the institution’s scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the Puerto Rico Board of Post-Secondary Institutions. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. To note the Commission delayed the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
- April 16, 2020To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To delay the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
- April 16, 2020To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete.
- November 15, 2018To acknowledge receipt of the focused report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
- November 15, 2018To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that a follow up visit will not be conducted.
- March 15, 2018To document receipt of the progress report, noting that the report provided limited responses to requested information. To request a focused report, due August 1, 2018 documenting further evidence of a general education program that offers sufficient scope and is designed so that students acquire and demonstrate essential skills (Standard III). In addition, to request that the report also document the status of the institution. A focused team visit will follow submission of the report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. To note that the request for a delay in the self-study visit has been denied. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
- October 19, 2017To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution. To note that the Progress Report due on October 1, 2017, will now be due on December 1, 2017.
- November 19, 2015To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due October 1, 2017, documenting further development and implementation of observable learning goals for general education stated as outcomes (Standard 12). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
- June 28, 2012To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
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).