Statement of Accreditation Status

American University of Puerto Rico

  • CEO: Lcdo. Juan Nazario-Torres, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Jose Ramirez
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): American Junior College of Puerto Rico
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1982
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2022

Contact Information

P. O. Box 2037
Bayamon, PR 00960-2037

(787) 620-2040

www.aupr.edu

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that a follow-up visit will not be conducted.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • March 15, 2018
    To accept the supplemental information report. 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 2025-2026.
  • October 19, 2017
    To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.
  • August 28, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first and second Postsecondary Award/Certificate/Diploma (< 1 year) (Business Administration-Human Resources Management and Business Administration-Computers and Networks) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the first and second post-baccalaureate certificates (Special Education-Transition to Life and Special Education-Early Childhood) within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 22, 2017
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 21, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due October 1, 2013, documenting (1) further implementation of a comprehensive, organized, and sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness with evidence that assessment results are shared and discussed with appropriate constituents (Standard 7); and (2) evidence that student learning assessment information is used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2012.
  • Distance Education
    Not approved for this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

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

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year)
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent
  • Additional Location
    American University of Puerto Rico
    P.O. Box 1082
    Manati, PR 00674
    OPEID: 01194101

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