Statement of Accreditation Status

Huertas College

  • CEO: Dr. Isaac Esquilín, President of Huertas College
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Mrs. Ruth Bonilla
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools » Four-year, very small, primarily nonresidential
  • Control: Private (For-Profit)
  • Former Name(s): Huertas Junior College (8/21/2013)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidacy Granted: 2002
  • Accreditation Granted: 2006
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029

Contact Information

P. O. Box 8429
Caguas, PR 00726

(787) 746-1400

www.huertas.edu

  • November 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029.
  • November 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report.
  • July 7, 2022
    Staff acted on behalf of the commission to request a supplemental information report, due September 1, 2022, addressing the recent action taken by CAPTE which may have implications for current and future compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 6; Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience); Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience); Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment); and Teach-Out Plans and Agreements Policy and Procedures. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029.
  • March 10, 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 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 2028-2029.
  • December 2, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report, due September 1, 2022, addressing the institution's status with the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). To note that the evaluation visit has occurred and will be acted upon by the Commission at the March meeting.
  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report, due September 1, 2021, addressing the recent action by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) and providing further evidence of (1) programs that are of the appropriate length and rigor and foster a coherent learning experience (Standard III); (2) processes designed to enhance the successful achievement of students educational goals (Standard IV); and (3) the development and implementation of organized and systematic assessments that evaluate the extent of student achievement (Standard V). To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all developments relevant to this action (Requirement of Affiliation 14). To note that the Commission delayed the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2021 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • December 3, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due May 3, 2021, addressing the recent action by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 6; Standard III (Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience); Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience); and Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • October 29, 2020
    To delay the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2021 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.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that a follow-up team visit will not be conducted. To request that, the next self-study, in preparation for a visit in 2020-2021, provide further evidence of (1) improved financial viability and sustainability; (2) enrollment management planning linked to budget development; and (3) financial planning and budgeting processes that are aligned with the institution's mission, goals, and objectives and are evidence-based (Standard VI).
  • June 21, 2018
    To reject the complex substantive change request because of insufficient information and evidence conducive to Commission review. The institution may resubmit the request after additional information needed to complete the review can be made available specific to (1) enrollment management and financial planning (Standard VI); (2) a financial planning and budgeting process that is aligned with the institution's mission and goals, evidence-based, and clearly linked to the institution's and units' strategic plans/objectives (Requirement of Affiliation 11 and Standard VI); (3) a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision making by each constituency, including the governing body; (4) a governing body with sufficient independence and expertise to ensure the integrity of the institution (Requirement of Affiliation 13 and Standard VII) and (5) the status of the submission of the institution's pre-acquisition review application to the United States Department of Education, including the application submitted as part of the review and any pre-acquisition response issued by the Department. To remind the institution of the need for prior approval through complex substantive change of any plans for change in legal status, form of control, or ownership. 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. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • October 19, 2017
    To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • August 29, 2016
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the second alternative delivery method program (online Bachelor in Business Administration - BBA in Sales and Marketing) within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective upon receipt of state approval. To note that the Periodic Review Report has been received and will be acted upon by the Commission at the November meeting.
  • November 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Associate Degree in Nursing within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, document further progress in (1) expanding and strengthening the role of the governing body in carrying out its defined responsibilities; (2) ensuring faculty and student participation in governance by delineating membership and roles of members of the three permanent committees of the governing body (Standard 4); and (3) specification of actions taken with respect to the review, strengthening, and modification of the general education curriculum and policies (Standard 12).
  • September 8, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the Puerto Rico Council on Education and to include the (1) Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting and Auditing and (2) Bachelor in Business Administration in Sales and Marketing within the scope of the institution's accreditation within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • September 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the Bachelor's Degrees in Business Administration in (1) Accounting/Auditing and (2) Sales and Marketing within the scope of the institution's accreditation, effective upon receipt of documentation of state approval. To remind the institution of the request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, document further progress in (1) expanding and strengthening the role of the governing body in carrying out its defined responsibilities; (2) ensuring faculty and student participation in governance by delineating membership and roles of members of the three permanent committees of the governing body (Standard 4); and (3) specification of actions taken with respect to the review, strengthening, and modification of the general education curriculum and policies (Standard 12).
  • October 14, 2013
    To note the institution's decision not to open the additional location at PR-96, Parcelas #5, KM. 1.5, Bo. Playa, Sector Ciudad Educativa Dr. Roque Diaz Tizol, Yabucoa, PR 00767 and to remove the location from the institution's accreditation.
  • March 7, 2013
    To accept the monitoring report. To request that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2016, document further progress in (1) expanding and strengthening the role of the governing body in carrying out its defined responsibilities; (2) ensuring faculty and student participation in governance by delineating membership and roles of members of the three permanent committees of the governing body (Standard 4); and (3) specification of actions taken with respect to the review, strengthening, and modification of the general education curriculum and policies (Standard 12).
  • March 5, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include provisionally the additional location at PR-96, Parcelas #5, KM. 1.5, Bo. Playa, Sector Ciudad Educativa Dr. Roque Diaz Tizol, Yabucoa, PR 00767 within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations at this site. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at the additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • March 1, 2012
    To accept the progress report. To remind the institution of the monitoring report due by November 1, 2012, documenting (1) steps taken to expand and strengthen the role of the governing body in carrying out its defined responsibilities; (2) steps taken to improve shared governance, including the establishment of processes to ensure faculty and student participation in governance (Standard 4); and (3) progress in the review, strengthening, and modification of the general education curriculum and policies (Standard 12). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • June 23, 2011
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report due by November 1, 2011, documenting clarification of the board by-laws to specify that the president of the institution may not serve as chair of the board (Standard 4). To further request a monitoring report due by November 1, 2012, documenting (1) steps taken to expand and strengthen the role of the governing body in carrying out its defined responsibilities; (2); steps taken to improve shared governance, including the establishment of processes to ensure faculty and student participation in governance (Standard 4); and (3) progress in the review, strengthening, and modification of the general education curriculum and policies (Standard 12). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • 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:

  • Postsecondary award (< 1 year) Included within the scope:
  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:

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