Statement of Accreditation Status

Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseno de Puerto Rico

  • CEO: Prof. Ileana Munoz, Chancellor
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Mr. Luis Brigantty
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Arts, Music & Design Schools » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Public
  • Former Name(s): Escuela de Artes Plasticas de Puerto Rico (2/19/2016)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1997
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2018
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2021-2022
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2026

Contact Information

P. O. Box 9021112
San Juan, PR 00902-1112

(787) 725-8120

www.eap.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 2021-2022.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To request that the next self study, in preparation for the visit in 2021-2022, provide further evidence of (1) improved financial viability and sustainability (Standard VI), and, (2) assessment of the adequacy and efficient utilization of the institutions resources required to support the institution’s mission and goals (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11).
  • March 14, 2019
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due April 1, 2019, demonstrating (1) sustainability of implemented corrective measures ( Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11), and further evidence of (2) improved financial viability and sustainability, and (3) the assessment of the adequacy and efficient utilization of the institutional resources required to support the institution’s mission and goals (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the supplemental information report of March 2018 and the monitoring report of September 2017. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources) and Requirement of Affiliation 8. To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2019, demonstrating (1) sustainability of implemented corrective measures (formerly Standard 3, now Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 8, now Requirement of Affiliation 11), and further evidence of (2) improved financial viability and sustainability, and (3) the assessment of the adequacy and efficient utilization of the institutional resources required to support the institution’s mission and goals (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • February 15, 2018
    To accept the Supplemental Information report. To postpone a decision on reaffirmation. To request a Supplemental Information Report, due March 15, 2018, regarding the status of the institution. A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To note that the monitoring report submitted in September 2017 will be acted upon at the June Commission meeting. The next evaluation is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • October 19, 2017
    To request a supplemental information report due, December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.  To note the visit by the Commission’s representatives and to note that the monitoring report has been received and will be acted on at the March Commission meeting.
  • June 22, 2017
    To document receipt of the supplemental information report because it provided limited institutional responses to requested information and did not present evidence and analysis in a manner conducive to Commission review. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy due to insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 8 (documented financial resources, funding base, and plans for financial development adequate to support its educational purposes and programs and to assure financial stability) and with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2017 documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 8 and Standard 3, including but not limited to evidence that the institution has documented financial resources, funding base, and plans for financial development adequate to support its educational purposes and programs and to assure financial stability (Requirement of Affiliation 8 and Standard 3). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance consultation to discuss the Commission's expectations. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments relevant to this action, including developments relevant to Title IV program responsibilities. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2022-2023.
  • June 7, 2017
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due June 13, 2017, addressing concerns regarding recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Requirements of Affiliation, Standards, or Commission Policies.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2017, documenting further development and implementation of (1) a financial planning and budgeting process aligned with the institution's mission and goals, and a plan that provides for an annual budget and multi-year budget projections (Standard 3); and (2) the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 20, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the probation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 3 (Institutional Resources), Standard 4 (Leadership and Governance) and Standard 6 (Integrity) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2016, documenting further progress in (1) the development of alternative funding sources (Standard 3) and (2) the periodic assessment of the effectiveness of institutional leadership and governance (Standard 4). The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 2018.
  • November 21, 2013
    To place the institution on probation because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standards 3 (Institutional Resources), 4 (Leadership and Governance), and 6 (Integrity). To note that the institution remains accredited while on probation. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2014, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 3, 4, and 6. To request that the monitoring report include, but not be limited to, documentation of (1) a financial planning and budgeting process aligned with the institution’s mission, goals and plan that provides for an annual budget and multi-year projections, including budget projections for FY 2015, FY 2016, and FY 2017 (Standard 3); (2) a governing body capable of reflecting constituent and public interest and of an appropriate size to fulfill all its responsibilities, which includes members with sufficient expertise to assure that the body’s fiduciary responsibilities can be fulfilled, and that assists in generating resources needed to sustain and improve the institution (Standard 4); and (3) evidence of (a) a climate that fosters respect among students, faculty, staff, and administration for the range of diverse backgrounds, ideas, and perspectives; (b) fulfillment of all applicable standards and reporting and other requirements of the Commission, and (c) periodic assessment of the integrity evidenced in institutional policies, processes, practices, and the manner in which these are implemented (Standard 6). A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission’s expectations for reporting. The Periodic Review Report submission date will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • January 20, 2011
    To grant the institution a one-year extension on the self-study. The self-study year will be 2012-2013 with an evaluation team visit occurring during the fall semester 2012 or the spring semester 2013.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the monitoring report. To request that the self-study in preparation for the evaluation visit scheduled for 2011-2012, document evidence of continued progress in strengthening finances and educational resources, including updated cash and financial projections for the next 5 years, analysis of both revenues and expenditures with documented assumptions, and audited financial statements and management letters for FY 2010 and FY 2011 (Standard 3).
  • 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:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent

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