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:
    Huertas College
    Caguas, PR
  • Address:
    P. O. Box 8429
    Caguas, PR 00726
  • Phone:
    (787) 746-1400
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Mrs. Ruth Bonilla
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Melissa Hardin, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Candidate Status Granted: 2002
  • Accreditation Granted: 2006
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2022
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2028-2029
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2025

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:

  • 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:

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.

  • 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.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations 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).