The University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (UPRA) was founded in 1967 as the Arecibo Regional College. It began its operations in April of that year with an enrollment of 515 students and a staff of 28 faculty members. In 1974, its present permanent facilities, located on a 49 acre lot in the "Las Dunas" sector, Route 129, Highway 653, kilometer 8 in Arecibo, were inaugurated. After thirteen years as the Arecibo Regional College the Council on Higher Education by virtue of its Certification number 323 of the 1980-81 series authorized the conversion to the Arecibo Technological University College. As a result of this transformation the Arecibo College expanded its offerings to include four-year bachelor's programs. On July 1, 1998, by virtue of Cert. 151 (1997-98) and in accordance with Act 16 (June 16 1993), the Board of Trustees of the University of Puerto Rico bestowed institutional autonomy to ATUC, which then became the Arecibo University College. Shortly thereafter, on March 9, 2000, the Board of Trustees authorized yet another change of name. The institution became the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo (Board of Trustees Cert. 103, 1999-2000).Current enrollment at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo is approximately 4,900 students with a faculty of around 277 members. UPRA offers 14 bachelor’s degree programs, 3 associate degree programs, and 34 articulated transfer programs. UPRA received its official accreditation as an institution of higher learning in 1967 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). In 1994, the bachelor’s degree programs were accredited for an additional ten-year period. On November 18, 1997, the Council on Higher Education approved a License of Renewal for the Arecibo Technological University College to continue operating as an institution of higher education in Puerto Rico. The MSCHE and the CHE reaccredited UPRA in 2007. The following programs are accredited by external professional agencies: • Elementary Education and Physical Education for Elementary Level Programs by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). • Office Systems by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). • Business Administration by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP). • Computer Sciences by ABET-CAC (Computing Accreditation Commission). • Television and Radio Communication by the Council of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). • Nursing by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). • Technology in Industrial Chemical Process es by ABET-ETAC (Enginnering Accreditation Commission). • The Library received recognition by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

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