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:
    Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Diseno de Puerto Rico
    San Juan, PR
  • Address:
    P. O. Box 9021112
    San Juan, PR 00902-1112
  • Phone:
    (787) 725-8120
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Mrs. Mayda Irizarry
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by 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 Included within the scope:

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.

  • October 27, 2022
    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 note that the report provided limited responses to requested information, did not present evidence and analysis in a manner conducive to Commission review, and materials were not provided in English. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity), Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement), and Requirements of Affiliation 4, 11, and 14. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in non-compliance. To request a monitoring report due March 1, 2023, demonstrating evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standards II and VI and Requirements of Affiliation 4, 11, and 14, including but not limited to (1) demonstrate adherence to all issues of ethics and integrity as outlined in the Standard (Standard II); (2) sufficiency of resources to fulfill its mission and goals and to support its educational purposes and programs (Standard VI and Requirement of Affiliation 11); (3) evidence that the institution's representatives communicate with the Commission in English, both orally and in writing, including submission of evidence in English for all Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation (Requirement of Affiliation 4); and (4) evidence that the institution makes freely available to the Commission accurate, fair, and complete information on all aspects of the institution and its operations, including making institutional representatives and additional information available to the Commission representatives when requested (Requirement of Affiliation 14 and Accreditation Review Cycle and Monitoring Policy and Procedures). To request that the monitoring report also provide further evidence documenting (1) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of student support programs and experiences (Standard IV); (2) development and implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement (Standard V); (3) demonstrated and documented use of assessment results to improve educational effectiveness (Standard V); and (4) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of planning, resource allocation, institutional renewal, and availability of resources (Standard VI). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. To note the visit may also fulfill the verification requirements of the USDE guidelines. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The date of the next evaluation will be determined upon reaffirmation of accreditation.
  • January 4, 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 2021-2022.
  • 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).

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor 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).