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:
    Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
    San Juan, PR
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Pedro Segarra, Chancellor
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control:
    Public
  • Address:
    Ave. Ponce de León 951
    San Juan, PR 00907
  • Phone:
    (787) 751-0160
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Prof. Ariel Guzman
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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:

Distance Education
Not approved for 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent

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

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.

  • April 16, 2020
    To 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, 2020
    To 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, 2018
    To 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, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that a follow up visit will not be conducted.
  • March 15, 2018
    To 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, 2017
    To 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, 2015
    To 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, 2012
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • November 18, 2010
    To reaffirm accreditation and remove the probation. To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To request a progress report due by April 1, 2012, documenting evidence of further progress in the implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment information is used in budgeting, planning, and allocating resources (Standard 7). The Periodic Review Report is now due by 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).