1A1. Agency Name:
The Puerto Rico Council on Education
1A2. Agency Description - Please review the description below and revise as appropriate (e.g., state executive agency, agency with appointed board, department or division within agency, etc.):
The Puerto Rico Council on Education (PRCE) is the licensing authority for private and public higher education, postsecondary non-degree granting, technical/vocational institutions, and also is the licensing authority and local accrediting entity for private and public k-12 schools that operate and confer degrees, diplomas or other academic credentials within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
1A3. Agency Contact - Please review and correct as necessary the contact information below:
Mrs. Carmen L. Berríos Rivera
Puerto Rico Council on Education
1A4. Who should institutions contact if they have questions about your agency’s authority, policies, or application process:
Dr. Idalia I. Zavala Maldonado
Director, Licensing and Accreditation Area
1B. Links - Please provide web links to your agency home page, the regulations pertaining to authorization, and any other links important for understanding your agency’s responsibility for authorization:
1C1. Other Agencies - According to our records, the following agencies also have responsibility for authorization in the state. Please correct, add to, or clarify this list of authorizing authorities as necessary. These agencies will also be requested to complete this survey:
Prior to the adoption of Reorganization Plan No. 1 of July 26, 2010, the Puerto Rico Council on General Education and the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education were authorized to license basic and vocational (postsecondary) and higher education institutions, respectively. Regulations adopted by those agencies are still in effect until the cases submitted under each one by institution are revised by the new Puerto Rico Council on Education. The new regulations are available at ce.pr.gov
1C2. If the division of responsibility among these agencies is not clear, please explain:
Puerto Rico Council on General Education and the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education were consolidated into the Puerto Council on Education, as mandated by PR legislation approved in July 2010, Reorganization Plan No. 1 of July 26, 2010. The transition process finished for the administrative procedures at the time of completion of this survey.
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