Statement of Accreditation Status
Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR
Chief Executive Officer:
Dr. Juan Mejias-Ortiz, Acting President
Special Focus Four-Year: Faith-Related Institutions » Exclusively graduate/professional
776 Ponce De Leon Avenue
San Juan, PR 00925-2207
Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
Dr. Guillermo Ramirez-Muñoz
Commission Staff Liaison:
Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President
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.
For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.
- Phase: Accredited
- Status: Non-Compliance Warning
- Accreditation Granted: 1995
- Last Reaffirmation: 2014
- Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2019-2020
- Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2023
- Notification of Non-Compliance Action: Notification available at https://msche.box.com/shared/static/oox5ose2z0uft13i84a4msgbkgjxvr73.pdf
Alternative Delivery Methods
The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Not approved for this delivery method
Not approved for this delivery method
Approved Credential Levels
The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
- Post-baccalaureate Certificate
- Master's Degree or Equivalent
- Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice
The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:
Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.
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.
- July 9, 2020Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report due October 1, 2020, addressing recent action by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Theological Schools (COAATS) which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement. To remind the institution of the Commission’s action of April 30, 2020.
- June 25, 2020To note the commission liaison guidance visit occurred virtually on March 18, 2020. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
- April 30, 2020To grant a delay of the monitoring report requested by the Commission action of March 5, 2020 and due September 1, 2020, because of extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions. The report is now due December 1, 2020. To direct a follow-up team visit following the submission of the monitoring report. To remind the institution of the Commission’s action of March 5, 2020 to warn that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement). Upon reaffirmation of accreditation the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
- April 16, 2020To 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. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
- March 5, 2020To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note the visit by the Commission’s representatives. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VI (Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement). 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 September 1, 2020, demonstrating evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard VI, including but not limited to evidence of (1) adequate fiscal and human resources, including physical and technical infrastructure, to support operations (Standard VI), (2) the sufficiency of planning and budgeting processes to fulfill its mission and goals, and to support its educational purposes and programs (Standard VI), and (3) updated information related to the institution’s Heightened Cash Monitoring (HCM) status (Standard VI). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2026-2027.
- November 15, 2018To 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 2019-2020.
- March 15, 2018To 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 2019-2020. 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 2026-2027
- October 19, 2017To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.
- June 23, 2016To accept the monitoring report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
- November 20, 2014To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report process. To request a monitoring report, due April 1, 2016, documenting further progress on the implementation of (1) strategies to measure and assess the level, and efficient utilization, of institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals (Standard 3); (2) admissions policies and practices that support and reflect the mission of the institution (Standard 8); and (3) a documented, organized, and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2018-2019.
- November 15, 2012To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2014.
- June 23, 2011To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report due by September 1, 2012 documenting (1) further steps taken to strengthen the institution's finances, including audited financial documents and management letters for FY 2011 and fiscal projections and analysis for 2012-2014 (Standard 3), and (2) further progress in the implementation of a comprehensive and sustainable plan to assess student learning, including evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2014.
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).