University of Puerto Rico at Utuado
The University of Puerto Rico at Utuado (UPR-Utuado) is one of the eleven campuses that constitute the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the only one located in the central rural region of Puerto Rico. It is a public institution that began operations in August 1979, with an enrollment of 195 students. Its mission in Agricultural Technology and the conservation of the environment contributes to the development of the region its serves by emphasizing on updated academic programs, capable of fulfilling the demands of a constantly changing workforce. In 1999, the Board of Trustees granted autonomy to the College. Currently, UPR-Utuado offers eleven Associate degrees, five of them in Agricultural Technology, and four bachelor degrees in Elementary Education, Business Administration, Office Systems and Arts in Sustainable Agriculture. Moreover, it has six transfers programs with other UPR units. Total headcount enrollment for fall 2015 was 1,461. Initial accreditation of UPR-Utuado by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) took place in 1986. Accreditation was last reaffirmed on November 17, 2011. Furthermore, UPR-Utuado holds specialized accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP). The student body is served by 102 faculty members and 168 non-faculty staff.