Statement of Accreditation Status
Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y El Caribe
- CEO: Dr. Olga Benitez, Chancellor
- Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Maritza Torres Martinez
- Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President
- Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Other Special Focus Institutions » Exclusively graduate/professional
- Control: Private (Non-Profit)
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
- Accreditation Granted: 1982
- Last Reaffirmation: 2021
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029
- Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024
- The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
- June 24, 2021
To 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 the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation. To note that a verification visit is required by USDE guidelines and will be conducted within a reasonable period of time following the virtual site visit. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2027-2028.
- March 2, 2021
To 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
- 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 2020-2021.
- 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 2020-2021.
- 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. To note that the institution has been granted a one-year delay in its self-study evaluation visit and the self-study visit is now scheduled for 2020-2021. To remind the institution that upon the reaffirmation of accreditation, the institution will return to its regular 8-year accreditation cycle with an evaluation visit in 2027-2028.
- October 19, 2017
To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.
- November 19, 2015
To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
- Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by 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:
- Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
- Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope: