history of 107 years during which the UPR has served the country faithfully and has created aprofessional middle class on an impoverished island where the vast majority of studentscannot afford to go elsewhere for their education. We are a prestigious university withextensive links and agreements with hundreds of institutions around the world. We are theONLY institution of higher learning in Puerto Rico that carries out important research in allfields, from the sciences to the humanities, from architecture to education. The library system,despite its problems, serves as the National Library of Puerto Rico and the Law School Libraryis the
legal library of the island legal profession. Thus, while the recent student strikepostponed the ending of the second semester of classes when it was three weeks short of
ending, historically, UPR has never “lost” a semester because
the academic calendar has alwaysbeen adjusted to meet the required credit hours.
Our organization was shocked that Middle States could even begin to doubt the seriousness of the community
commitment with education. Our history, our numerous achievements, the provenquality of our graduates, and the many prestigious members of the faculty should be
a guarantee that UPR will not fold suddenly and must be proven to be a “viable”
institution. Only actions by the government could possibly destroy UPR, and we donot think even the current hostile climate would go that far.
APPU position concerning the current administration’s behavior
We do believe that the current administration needs evaluation and critique. Like manyother state-supported schools in the States, UPR is currently under serious budgetaryconstraints, and it is important that a clear accounting of just how the available moneys have