U.S.Department of Education Staff Report
Senior Department Official on Recognition Compliance Issues
The Puerto Rico State Agency for the Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocational, Technical Institutions and Programs (PRSAA) is the state agency in Puerto Rico for accrediting public postsecondary vocational education programs and institutions in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
The agency approves institutions and programs in public postsecondary institutions that are legally authorized to offer postsecondary programs that have been operating for a minimum of two years. These institutions and programs award both Associate Degrees and Certificates, and admit as regular students only individuals with a high school diploma or its equivalent or who are above the compulsory school age to attend high school, which in Puerto Rico is 16 years of age.
According to the Accreditation Group's records, the Department has received no 3rd party comments or complaints about the agency during the current recognition cycle.
The PRSAA was granted authority to approve public postsecondary vocational technical education institutions and programs in Puerto Rico in 1982 by Puerto Rico's Secretary of Education. The agency was granted initial recognition as a state approval agency by the U.S. Secretary of Education in 1983 and has received continued recognition since that time.
The agency's most recent petition for continued recognition was reviewed at the Spring 2014 NACIQI meeting. Following that meeting, the agency was required to submit a compliance report at the 2016 Meeting. In October 2016, the SDO issued a letter to continue the agency's recognition. The current review of the agency is for the regular scheduled review for renewal of the agency's recognition.
The agency meets the requirements of the Secretary's Criteria for Recognition.
The Department did not receive any written third - party comments regarding this agency.