The University of Puerto Rico at Carolina (UPRCA) University of Puerto Rico at Carolina is a unit of the University of Puerto Rico System (UPR), a multi-campus, state supported institution of higher education licensed by the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. UPRCA was founded in 1974, and MSCHE first accredited the Institution, known at the time as Carolina Regional College, in 1978. The University of Puerto Rico at Carolina (UPRCA) is located on Road 887 Km. 4, Hm. 0 Barrio San Antón, Autonomous City of Carolina (fig. 1.0). The Institution primarily serves the educational needs of the island’s northeastern region including the cities of Carolina, Trujillo Alto, Canóvanas, Río Grande, Loíza, Fajardo, Vieques, and Culebra, among others. UPRCA academic offerings include baccalaureate, transfer, and associate degree programs in diverse disciplines that respond to industry needs in Puerto Rico while also considering student preferred areas of study. UPRCA is the only campus in the UPR system that works under a quarter-term calendar system. Typically, students obtain their baccalaureate or associate degree in a shorter period of time as compared to a semester system. The academic calendar consists of three quarter-term sessions that cover the entire academic year. UPRCA is also the only campus within the UPR System to offer baccalaureate degrees in Hotels and Restaurants Administration, Graphic Arts, Advertising, Multidisciplinary Studies with a Major in Tourist Culture, and Criminal Justice with Majors in Forensic Psychology, and Law and Society. The academic departments are: Business Administration, Design, Education, English, School of Hotels and Restaurants Administration, Humanities, Engineering Technologies, Natural Sciences, Office Systems, Social Sciences/Criminal Justice, and Spanish. As affirmed in its Mission Statement, the University of Puerto Rico at Carolina is committed to providing a student-centered education that fosters high values such as integrity, ethics, and academic excellence with a curriculum that integrates general and specialized education.

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