Statement of Accreditation Status

Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry

  • CEO: Dr. Andres Pagan, Dean
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Dr. Angel Romero
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Special Focus Four-Year: Other Health Professions Schools » Exclusively graduate/professional
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1981
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2013
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2022-2023
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2027

Contact Information

500 Carr Dr. John W Harris
Bayamon, PR 00957

(787) 765-1915

www.optonet.inter.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 2022-2023.
  • March 5, 2020
    To note that the Mid-Point Peer Review has been conducted. To request that, beginning in 2020 and in conjunction with each Annual Institutional Update prior to the self-study visit in 2022-2023, the institution provide further evidence of published information regarding student achievement, including student outcome measures (Standard IV and Public Disclosures Policy and Procedures).
  • November 15, 2018
    To 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 2025-2026.
  • 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 2022-2023.
  • October 19, 2017
    To request a supplemental information report due December 1, 2017, regarding the status of the institution.
  • June 25, 2015
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • June 27, 2013
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2015, documenting evidence of (1) further implementation of a sustained process for the assessment of institutional effectiveness at the unit level (Standard 7); and (2) further implementation of the process to assess the achievement of student learning goals in the new curriculum (Standard 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2018.
  • 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:

  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice

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