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About Universidad Ana G. Méndez

 

The Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM) is a non-profit, private higher education institution founded in 1949. It is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSA) and licensed by the Post-Secondary Institutions Board of Puerto Rico (Junta de Instituciones Postsecundaria de Puerto Rico - JIP). It has three main campuses, a campus completely online, nine university centers located in Puerto Rico, and four in the mainland USA: South Florida Campus, Tampa Bay Campus, Metro Orlando Campus, and Capital Dallas Area Campus in Texas.

Additionally, it has the only TV channel in Puerto Rico affiliated to the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).

The UAGM has an enrollment of over 36,000 students and offers nearly 290 academic programs that include technical certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorates. Through our continuing education program, we offer professional courses to help you stay ahead in your field. This program is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).   

Our university centers in Puerto Rico

UAGM Carolina

  • Barceloneta
  • Cabo Rojo
  • Santa Isabel

UAGM Cupey

  • Aguadilla
  • Jayuya
  • Bayamón

UAGM Gurabo

  • Barceloneta
  • Cayey
  • Ponce
  • Yabucoa

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Vision and mission

for Universidad Ana G. Méndez and its campuses

Vision 

Universidad Ana G. Méndez shall be recognized as an institution focused on academic excellence, research, service, and social responsibility, with both a local and global projection.

 

 

Mission

The Universidad Ana G. Méndez is a private, non-profit educational institution committed to teaching excellence, research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and internationalization. It serves a diverse student population within a multi-campus structure.

UAGM’s main purpose is to contribute to the development of citizens who are committed to the wellbeing of the local and global communities.  

Additionally, the university offers post-secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education academic programs through diverse in-person and distance learning modes, all following the highest standards of quality.

 

Mission of the Carolina Campus

The Carolina Campus and its locations are accredited units of Universidad Ana G. Méndez that dedicate their academic work and services to promoting learning, respect for diversity, and social justice.

The campus encourage the development of responsible and solidary citizens, capable of contributing to sustainable development through a social-humanist education of excellence, research, internationalization, entrepreneurship, technology, culture, and commitment to the community. 

Its resources support its post-secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education academic offer, using diverse learning modes and following the highest standards of quality.

For more information on Carolina Campus, click here.

Mission of the Cupey Campus

The Cupey Campus and its locations are accredited units of Universidad Ana G. Méndez that develop academic and professional competencies through education, research, innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, and internationalization. It fosters integral citizens, who are committed to life-long learning, as well as to the socio-economic, political, social, cultural, and environmental development of the local and global communities. 

Its resources support its post-secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education academic offer, using diverse learning modes and following the highest standards of quality.

For more information on the Cupey campus, click here.

Mission of the Gurabo Campus

The Gurabo Campus and its locations are accredited units of Universidad Ana G. Méndez that are committed to academic excellence, research, innovation, entrepreneurship, internationalization and the socio-humanist development of a diverse population. By developing academic and professional competencies we form citizens capable of contributing to the local and global communities.

Its resources support its post-secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education academic offer, using diverse learning modes and following the highest standards of quality.

For more information on the Gurabo Campus, click here.
 

Complying with the educational mission of UAGM is the main function and responsibility of all the institutional units of the system – its campuses, locations and Sistema TV. Likewise, the structures and units of the university’s Central Administration have the main function of serving as advisors and facilitators, as well as offering support to all institutional units in diverse specialty areas, as well as overseeing the proper development of and compliance with systemic policies and processes.

To comply with its mission, UAGM develops its functions, initiatives and projects within the framework of the following general objectives:

  • Establish, develop, direct, and supervise educational institutions, and post-secondary and upper education centers in Puerto Rico, the United States and abroad that offer academic training at all educational levels, as allowed by the law, regulations, and all corresponding licensing and accreditation entities. 
  • Establish, implement, and evaluate educational programs of the highest academic pertinence and excellence, according to the needs and interests of the different sector of the communities served by the university.
  • Establish, implement, and evaluate continuing education, adult education, and other non-traditional programs.
  • Establish and develop academic and scientific research programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aimed at creating knowledge, as well as providing solutions to the needs of the communities served by the university.
  • Serve as a leader in public service regarding the discussion, analysis, and proposal of effective solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges faced by the communities served by the university.
  • Promote constant innovation by applying the most modern technologies to all its academic, student, and administrative processes. 
  • Establish auxiliary entities related to its academic operations, as well as business activities not related to academia that could support the financial strength of the organization. 
  • Develop and identify new sources of income and external funding to bring in economic resources to support its educational mission and goals.
  • Maintain a sound management and a solid and responsible fiscal operation to ensure the permanence and future development of the organization.  

 

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Institutional values

for Universidad Ana G. Méndez and its campuses

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Excellence

Excellence as a priority and a guide in all teaching, research, service, planning and operations activities.

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Freedom

Freedom of thought and expression as an indispensable basis in the search, creation and diffusion of knowledge.

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Respect

Respect for the diversity and dignity of all human beings, the environment and nature.

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Integrity

Promote ethical, social and cultural values in all our actions as an educational institution.

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Equity

Recognize the value of education as an instrument to access better opportunities and the development of the full potential of human beings.

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Innovation

Constant innovation to ensure the pertinence of our programs and services.

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Social responsibility

Solidarity with the needs of the local and global communities.

Our history

1941

Ana González de Méndez, junto a Alfredo Muñiz Souffront y Florencio Pagán Cruz, fundaron la Puerto Rico High School of Commerce en Río Piedras con una matrícula de 19 estudiantes. Estos fueron los inicios del gran proyecto educativo que más adelante se llamó Puerto Rico Junior College (PRJC). 

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1949

Se estableció el Puerto Rico Junior College en Río Piedras, primer colegio universitario de dos años en Puerto Rico para ofrecer estudios universitarios a jóvenes que aspiraban a completar un grado en corto tiempo. 

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1959

El 1 de mayo de 1959, el Puerto Rico Junior College, recibió la acreditación de la Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, con una matrícula de 825 estudiantes.

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1967

A esta fecha, los recintos del PRJC en Río Piedras y Cupey contaban con una matrícula de 2,700 estudiantes.  El 11 de enero de 1967, se inauguró en el Recinto de Cupey, el Centro de Estudiantes Jesús T. Piñero.

1968

El Junior College estableció su tercer campus en el Valle del Turabo en Gurabo, con una matrícula inicial de 207 estudiantes.

1969

El 18 de junio de 1969, la Asociación Puerto Rico Junior College, asumió un nuevo nombre, al quedar legalmente incorporada como Fundación Educativa Ana G. Méndez.

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1972

El campus del PRJC localizado en Gurabo, pasó a llamarse Colegio Universitario del Turabo, una institución que ofrecía programas conducentes a bachillerato.

1973

Se inauguró el programa de doctorado en Educación, establecido entre la Fundación Educativa Ana G. Méndez y la Universidad de Nova en el estado de Florida.   Un grupo de 15 profesores se beneficiaron del programa.

1974

El 25 de agosto de 1974, Ana G. Méndez renunció a la presidencia de la Junta de Directores de la Fundación Educativa. La Junta de Directores designó el 26 de septiembre de 1974 a José F. Méndez González como Presidente de la Fundación Educativa Ana G. Méndez.

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1975

La matrícula de estudiantes en el Puerto Rico Junior College alcanzó 5,691.

1976

La matrícula de estudiantes en el Colegio Universitario del Turabo era de 4,445.

1978

La Fundación Educativa Ana G. Méndez revolucionó la educación universitaria con la creación del Centro de Estudios Televisados (CET) para atender a una población que, por diversas razones, no podía llegar a los campus universitarios.

centro de estudios televisados

1979

La Junta de Directores aprobó el Plan Maestro Institucional, puesto en marcha durante los próximos años y con el objetivo de establecer las proyecciones en matrícula, programas académicos, métodos de enseñanza y servicios estudiantiles.

1980

El campus del PRJC en Cupey se convirtió en el Colegio Universitario Metropolitano, el cual luego (1985) pasó a llamarse Universidad Metropolitana (UMET), convirtiéndose en la segunda institución del SUAGM en ofrecer programas de bachillerato.

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1981

El Colegio Universitario del Turabo comenzó a ofrecer programas a nivel graduado, y cambió su nombre a Universidad del Turabo.

1983

La Middle States Asociation of Colleges and Schools acreditó el Programa de Servicios Educativos Especiales (PROSEE) y recibió en los Estados Unidos el premio Program Excellence de la National University Continuing Education Association.

1985

  • En marzo de 1985, se inaugura el Canal 40 (WMTJ-TV), hoy Sistema TV, una estación afiliada a la Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Las clases impartidas por el canal de televisión comenzaron el 22 de abril de 1985 con 112 estudiantes.
  • La Universidad Metropolitana, hoy Recinto de Cupey, inauguró la localidad de Jayuya, a través de un proyecto especial de estudios tecnológicos denominado CET Isla que luego se convirtió en PROSEE (Programa de Servicios Educativos Especiales). Desde octubre del 2003, el Centro está localizado en la calle # 100 frente a la Plaza Pública del Municipio de Jayuya, antigua Escuela Catalina Figueras, patrimonio cultural del Municipio.
  • La Universidad del Este, hoy Recinto de Carolina, inauguró la localidad de Cabo Rojo. También, inauguró otra localidad en Coamo, que en el 2002, mudó las instalaciones a la carretera153 Km. 12.5 en el barrio Paso Seco de Santa Isabel.
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1986

  • La Universidad Metropolitana, hoy Recinto de Cupey, inauguró la localidad de Aguadilla con el Programa PROSEE. 
  • La Universidad del Turabo, hoy Recinto de Gurabo, inauguró la localidad de Yabucoa. 
  • La Universidad del Este inauguró la localidad de Yauco, que ofreció servicios hasta el 2019. 
Universidad de Turabo, Yabucoa

1987

  • La Fundación Educativa Ana G. Méndez se convierte en la primera institución universitaria del sector privado en unirse en un acuerdo de colaboración con la Universidad de Puerto Rico. 
  • La Universidad del Turabo, hoy Recinto de Gurabo, inauguró la localidad de Cayey.
     

1988

La Universidad Metropolitana comenzó a ofrecer programas conducentes a maestría.

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1990

Se inaugura el nuevo recinto del Puerto Rico Junior College en la avenida Ramón Baldorioty de Castro en Carolina.

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1991

La Universidad del Turabo establece la Escuela de Ingeniería.

escuela de ingenieria

1992

Con la apertura de un nuevo campus en Carolina, el Puerto Rico Junior College pasó a ser el Colegio Universitario del Este (CUE).

1993

El 15 de julio la Junta de Directores aprobó enmendar el nombre legal de la Fundación Educativa Ana G. Méndez, Inc. Desde entonces, pasó a conocerse como el Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez.

1995

La Universidad Metropolitana fue seleccionada Institución Modelo de Excelencia (MIE) por la National Science Foundation.

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1996

El 31 de julio de 1996, previo acuerdo entre la Compañía de Turismo y el Colegio Universitario del Este se estableció la Escuela Internacional de Turismo y Administración de Hoteles.

1998

Se establece en el pueblo de Manatí la localidad que luego se reubicó en Barceloneta.

1999

El Canal 40 podía trasmitir televisión interactiva en Puerto Rico. Ese mismo año, inauguraron The Educational Resources Center, mediante un acuerdo con la Televisión del Pueblo de Puerto Rico Canal 6 y The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

2001

La Universidad del Turabo estableció su primer programa de maestrías en línea, en la Escuela de Administración de Empresas.

2002

  • La Universidad Metropolitana, hoy Recinto de Cupey, inauguró la localidad de Bayamón. 
  • La Universidad del Turabo, hoy Recinto de Gurabo, inauguró la localidad de Isabela.
     
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2003

El SUAGM inaugura su primer campus en Estados Unidos, Metro Orlando Campus, en Florida.

recinto metro orlando

2004

El SUAGM inició el proceso de transformación del Canal 40 a un Centro de Telecomunicaciones y Educación a Distancia, con licencia universitaria afiliada a PBS.

2005

La Universidad del Turabo, hoy Recinto de Gurabo, inauguró la localidad de Ponce.

2006

El SUAGM inauguró el segundo campus en Estados Unidos, el South Florida Campus, para atender las necesidades educativas de la población hispana.

2008

La Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) inauguró el 14 de noviembre de 2008 el Proyecto Regional Ocupacional Universitario (PROU) ubicado en la Escuela Vocacional Antolín Santos de Comerío, localidad que ofreció servicios académicos hasta el 2019.

2010

El SUAGM inauguró el Tampa Bay Campus.

recinto tampa

2012

El SUAGM inauguró el Capital Area Campus en Maryland.

2013

Se establece la Universidad Ana G. Méndez – Campus Virtual. 

2015

Se inaugura el Dallas Area Campus.

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2016

  • La Junta de Directores nombra al Sr. José F. Méndez González como Presidente Emérito y al Sr. José F. Méndez Méndez como Presidente del SUAGM.
  • La Escuela de Negocios y Empresarismo (ENE) de la Universidad del Turabo (UT) mantuvo la acreditación AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. La acreditación AACSB es el sello de excelencia para la educación en negocios y solamente ha sido obtenido por menos del 5% de los programas de negocios en el mundo. 
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2017

  • El SUAGM devela un mural en la escuela superior Luis Hernáiz Veronne de Canóvanas junto al baloncestista puertorriqueño José Juan Barea, como parte de la colaboración de la institución con la Fundación JJ Barea en el proyecto de restauración de canchas de baloncesto en algunas escuelas de la isla. 
  • El SUAGM desarrolló la campaña #Todoloquepuedodar tras el paso del huracán María, con el fin de promover el sentido de solidaridad con los más afectados y destacar las aportaciones de los estudiantes, facultad y administradores para beneficio de las comunidades cercanas a sus recintos y centros universitarios. 
  • El Presidente Méndez Méndez anuncia las iniciativas del SUAGM para aportar al proceso de recuperación de nuestra isla y el reinicio de clases y labores administrativas luego del paso del huracán María.   
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2019

  • En la celebración del 70 aniversario, las instituciones del Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez cambian su nombre a Universidad Ana G. Méndez.
  • El 18 de noviembre de 2019, el presidente José F. Méndez Méndez y el presidente emérito, Dr. José F. Méndez González, participaron en la sesión especial del Senado de Puerto Rico con motivo de la develación del óleo de doña Ana G. Méndez, que pasó a formar parte de la Sala de Mujeres Ilustres en el Capitolio. 
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2020

La Junta de Instituciones Postsecundarias de Puerto Rico (JIP) aprobó la propuesta presentada por la Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM), para ofrecer un nuevo programa de doctorado en Medicina Dental (DMD) en el Recinto de Gurabo.  La UAGM ofrece un grado asociado en Tecnología Dental y otro en Asistente Dental con Funciones Expandidas.  Con la aprobación de la JIP, la institución inició el proceso para lograr la acreditación final del programa doctoral con la Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA). 

2021

  • El Council on Naturopathic Medical Education (CNME) otorgó la acreditación inicial al Programa Doctoral en Medicina Naturopática (ND) del Recinto de Gurabo por un periodo de cuatro años, retroactivo a mayo de 2020. Este programa doctoral es único en Puerto Rico y el Caribe, y el primero en ser acreditado por CNME en América Latina. 
  • La UAGM recibe la aprobación de la Junta de Instituciones Postsecundarias (JIP) para ofrecer un doctorado en Medicina Veterinaria.  Desde el 2016 la UAGM ofrece el programa de Tecnología Veterinaria en el Recinto de Gurabo.  El grado asociado y el bachillerato en Tecnología Veterinaria están acreditados por American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education (AVMA-COE).  Con la aprobación de la JIP la institución inició el proceso para lograr la acreditación de AVMA-COE. 
  • La UAGM anuncia el proyecto Generación Ink en colaboración con el destacado artista Juan Salgado, quien pintará una serie de murales en espacios de los recintos principales inspirados por los estudiantes que representan la nueva Generación UAGM.  Esta iniciativa busca educar también para evitar el discrimen por tener tatuajes.  
  • El equipo Enactus UAGM del Recinto de Carolina ganaron la Copa Nacional 2021 de Enactus Puerto Rico y serán los representantes de Enactus Puerto Rico en la Copa Mundial de Enactus 2021. 
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Governance

Governance

Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez, Inc. (SUAGM), is a non-profit corporation that develops and manages educational entities for the benefit of the communities in which they are established, in and outside of Puerto Rico. The SUAGM is the main corporate and legal entity that manages two units: Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM), including its three campuses and nine university centers in Puerto Rico, and Ana G. Méndez University (AGMU), which includes the Online Campus and the four centers in the mainland USA. 

The president of SUAGM is also the president of both units, and is the principal academic and administrative leader of the corporation and the university. He (or she) also presides over the University Board of the UAGM.

The University Board is charged with promoting norms, policies, rules and regulations. It also establishes policies for the university and its campuses that conform to the Statutes, the Corporate Statutes of the SUAGM, the president’s executive orders, as well as the resolutions and bylaws approved by SUAGM’s board of directors.

SUAGM responds to a board of directors, which is the top governance body of the corporation, and which ensures compliance with the strategic plans in all academic, administrative and student areas.

Each university entity under SUAGM is directed by a chancellor, who is named by the president. These entities have individual licenses and are academically autonomous, with their own missions and strategic plans that correspond to the challenges and opportunities of the respective markets where they operate. Likewise, each campus has an Academic Senate that is presided by the chancellor.  

Board of Directors 

The main function and responsibility of the board of directors is to ensure compliance with the mission, vision and strategic plans, as well as the financial stability and sound management of the corporation, its several units and dependencies. The board of directors is tasked with selecting, naming, and evaluating the president of the institution.

The board of directors is composed of 13 members: five permanent and eight elected. Its members are leaders that represent diverse social, educational, and economic sectors of the community. The board is organized in various work commissions, including:

  • The Government Commission
  • The Academic and Student Affairs Commission
  • The Finance Commission
  • The Audit Commission 

Miembros

  • Dr. René A. Soto Torres Interim Chairman

  • Sr. José F. Méndez Méndez UAGM President and permanent member

  • Sr. Ramiro Millán Catasús Permanent member

  • Dr. Herminio Martínez Permanent member

  • Lcdo. Rafael A. Nadal Arcelay Permanent member

  • Sr. Héctor A. Jiménez Ramírez

  • Dra. Migdalia Torres Rivera

  • Sr. Wilfredo Cosme Ortiz

  • Sra. Rita DiMartino

  • Lcda. Delia Castillo de Colorado

  • Dra. María J. Rodríguez Martínez

  • Sr. Héctor M. Cabrera Oliveras

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José F. Méndez Méndez President UAGM

Mesage from the President

Welcome to the UAGM Generation! 

We hope that through this page you will get to know our university community, our academic offerings, our services and the student life in our institutions, our technology, research centers, and other resources that will contribute to your personal growth.

Universidad Ana G. Méndez currently offers approximately 240 academic programs: technical certificates for those who prefer short careers, Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, Masters, and Doctorates. This diversity will allow you to join the UAGM Generation and discover your talents. Our university is committed to providing you the opportunities and support you need to succeed in your studies. We offer you an ambiance of academic liberty and intellectual challenges that will allow you to develop your capacity and skills.

We have positioned our institution in the fields of environmental affairs, science and technology, telecommunications, innovative projects on distance learning, plus a community service component that confirms our social responsibility with Puerto Rico.  

In sum, here at UAGM you will find the ideal environment for your professional development.  

Biography

 

José F. Méndez Méndez has worked at Universidad Ana G. Méndez (UAGM) for over three decades. He began in 1984 as an executive assistant to the general manager of then Channel 40, today Sistema TV- Canal Universitario Ana G. Méndez. He also served as associate director of programming, director of administration, as well as vice president, and general manager. He worked in the channel for 14 years, seven of them in charge of general management, where he made enormous contributions. Since 2002, he worked at the Office of the President, serving as associate vice president of corporate and international affairs, interim vice president of administrative affairs, executive vice president, and interim president. During his time at the Office of the President he demonstrated his unwavering commitment to our institution, made evident today by the growth and positive impact that UAGM’s university centers have had in Puerto Rico and the mainland USA. Mr. Méndez Méndez holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Business Administration, and is currently completing his PhD degree in Management at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo Campus.

Since his designation as president of UAGM in 2016, Méndez Méndez has endeavored to promote a culture of constant innovation in the administrative, academic and student areas. Likewise, he has strengthened the institution’s international projection, and its focus on technology and research. He is married to Dr. Eileen Rodríguez Domenech and has four children: José Francisco (Jofran), José Fernando, Vicente, and Fabiola. .

Contact

José F. Méndez Méndez
President UAGM

Contact

Lydia I. Massari Cáceres
Executive Assistant