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Annual Report 2008-2009Ana G. Méndez University SystemLearning at the speed of light


CONTENTSOur Guiding PrinciplesVision 2015Message from the Board Chair2008-2009 Board of DirectorsMessage from the PresidentDevelopment and Alumni AffairsPublic Policy InstituteEconomic Development and CommercializationLeading our SystemU.S. Presidential Advisory BoardExecutive Vice PresidencyVice Presidency of Planning and Academic AffairsVice Presidency of Marketing and Student AffairsVice Presidency of Administrative AffairsVice Presidency of Human ResourcesVice Presidency of United States and Latin American AffairsVice Presidency of Financial AffairsOur InstitutionsUniversidad del TuraboUniversidad MetropolitanaUniversidad del EsteDistance Education InitiativeSiTV Ana G. Méndez University ChannelProjections 2009-2010Organizational ChartGeneral Information23468121416182021232630323435363840424445464748ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-20093


AGMUS ANNUAL REPORT 2008-2009OurGuidingPrinciplesThe Ana G. Méndez University System(AGMUS) was founded 60 years ago onseven basic principles. These principleshave served the institution well and arealive in the system’s mission which to thisday guides our work serving our studentsand Puerto Rico.In a democratic society, every human being has theright to an education, regardless of race, sex, color,national origin, social status, physical or mentalcondition, religious, political or social belief.The development of human potential requires anopen-door policy that allows students to benefit fromacademic programs to the full extent of their ability.All educational institutions should aspire to achieveacademic excellence and should commit themselvesto fostering such excellence through enlightenedapproaches to education.Academic institutions are integral components of thecommunities they serve.Faculty members must innovate for the benefit of theirstudents and for their own professional growth.The real needs of Puerto Rico must be understoodso that its human resources can be enriched andgraduates can make a positive contribution to theprogress of society in the work force.The educational development of the students shouldemphasize academic skill and growth that is productivein both daily living and employment.The fundamental commitment of the Ana G. MéndezUniversity System promotes a better quality of life forour students, employees and the community at large.Vision 2015Focus on growth and excellenceAs part of the University System’s goal to becomeone of the principal initiators of ideas onthe island, Vision 2015 focuses on the strategiesthat will help generate feasible solutions to meet PuertoRico’s economic and social development needs over thenext decade.Vision 2015 not only embraces the strategiesimplemented over the past decade in Vision 2005,it takes them to greater heights by emphasizing on newand expanded vectors or strategic priorities. These vectorsare focused on seven key areas that includeacademics affairs, student servicesand development, publicengagement, managementand organizational deve-7 Institutional Quality and Effectiveness2Services andStudent1 DevelopmentAcademicAffairs66FiscalStrengtheningMedular vectorsClient4Management andOrganizationalDevelopment55Technologicaland PhysicalInfrastructureSupport vectors33PublicEngagement7 Institutional Quality and Effectivenesslopment, physical and technological infrastructure, fiscalstrength, and institutional quality and effectiveness.WithVision 2015, Ana G. Méndez University System’s goal is tobe recognized not only as an institution of higher learning,but one of excellence in the areas of research and services,contributing significantly to Puerto Rico’s economicgrowth and to the overall community. In the next years,the University System seeks to be recognized as an entityof transformation, constant innovation, and financial stability,centered on individuals as their mainand principal focus, while making effectiveuse of its technological,physical, and managementresources to support itsmission.2ANA G. MÉNDEZ N DEZUUNIVERSITY NESITYSYSTEM STEM•• ANNUAL NUALRREPORT ERT 2008-200982009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-20093


Message fromthe Board ChairRapid growthand high credibilityThe teaching of the Sciencesis being strengthened in the System. At the undergraduate level thesciences are dominating the teaching curriculum responding to theincreasing demand of careers in the health fi eld.The economicdevelopment consortiumshave proven themselvesto play a critical role inthe advancement oftechnology andscientific research.The strategic vision of AGMUS is set by the Board ofDirectors, which is comprised by twelve individuals ofgreat professional proficiency and human quality. TheBoard has demonstrated its commitment not only to AGMUS,but also to Puerto Rico.During my tenure as Board Chair, we have givenspecial attention to such values as solidarity, trust and respect.By following and strengthening these principles, the Boardhas enhanced its performance as rector of the System, as wellas it has ensured that the decisions made are consistent, andin consensus. With this base, the Board provides guidanceto optimize the utilization of resources toward the System’sconstant growth.Financially speaking, in particular for this past year, theBoard distinguished itself for having successfully mitigated theimpact of the effects of the financial crisis experienced in theinvestment world. The Board spearheaded initiatives to controlthe budget, bring about changes in investment policies, andintroduce measures that will bring stability and success in thelong term. Thanks to the effective team work formed by theBoard and the administration, AGMUS remains a financiallystrong institution.In the area of education, we experienced thisyear a significant growth of investments for the teachingof the Sciences. At the undergraduate level, the sciencesare dominating the teaching curriculum, in responseto the ever increasing demand of careers in the healthfield. The UMET experience, with the development of itsMathematics Center with a National Science Foundation$1.5M grant, led the way for other institutions to establishtheir respective centers, focusing in the strengthening ofscience and math skills.Exchanges with universities in Europe and LatinAmerica have gained AGMUS the public acknowledgementand credibility as an institution where growth andtransformation take place. In a few short years, we havetransformed from a simple System to a complex onewith an expanded and varied academic offerings, greaterscientific research projects and increased internationalexchanges that provide the System with alternativeacademic perspectives. This enriches the experience ofeveryone in the System, including its Board.It is my belief that the economic developmentconsortiums have already proven themselves to playa critical role in the advancement of technology andscientific research, not only within AGMUS, but in all ofPuerto Rico. INTENOR in Barceloneta established this yeara Scientific Board, composed of researchers and businessleaders, to continue to develop the Center for Excellencein Technology Advancement (CETA). This center is alreadyproducing prototypes of medicine, as well as undertakingcritical scientific research that will create new opportunitiesfor the pharmaceutical industry in Puerto Rico.Leading AGMUS Board through this academic yearhas been a rewarding experience and it makes me proudof its accomplishments. I can foresee that the sciences and,in particular the health related sciences, will continue tobecome an ever growing important factor of our society;so too, will the demand for competent health professionalsand critical research. I can thus envision that the creation ofa medical school would be an important achievement forAGMUS in the future, a goal which I look forward with greatenthusiasm.Florabel G. Mullick, MDBoard Chair4ANA G. MÉNDEZ ZUNIV UNIVERSITY ITYSYSTEM STEM•• ANNUAL NUALREPO REPORT RT 2008-20098 2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-20095


2008-2009AGMUS Board of DirectorsBoard of DirectorsCommitteesFlorabel G. Mullick, MD, ChairFélix R. Schmidt, MD, Vice ChairJosé F. Méndez, Dr.h.c., AGMUS PresidentJuan M. García Passalacqua, Esq.Ivar Pietri, CEJosé Domingo Pérez, CEAntonio J. Colorado, Esq.Zoraida Fonalledas, Esq.Juan R. Melecio, Esq.David Rivé, EsqVíctor Hernández, DMDDaneris Fernández, ChEJosé E. de la Cruz Skerrett, Esq.Legal CounselorEXECUTIVE COMMITEE COMMITTEEJosé Florabel Domingo G. Mullick, Pérez, Chaira rNéstor Félix R. de Schmidt Jesús PouJosé F. F. MéndezIvar Antonio A. PietriJ. ColoradoVíctor HernándezJuan José R. Domingo MelecioPérezFINANCE COMMITEECOMMITTEEIvar Antonio A. Pietri, J. Colorado, ChairChairAgnes Félix R. B. Schmidt SuárezJuan R. MelecioDaneris Audit Commitee FernándezJuan R. Melecio, ChairDaneris ACADEMIC FernándezAND STUDENT AFFAIRSCOMMITTEEACADEMIC José Domingo AND Pérez, STUDENT ChairAFFAIRS COMMITEEVíctor Hernández, ChairJuan David M. Rivé García PassalacquaAntonio Zoraida FonalledasJ. ColoradoDavid Rivé PowerFlorabel G. MullickFélix R. SchmidtBYLAWS FIDUCIARY COMMITTEECOMMITEEJuan R. Juan Melecio, R. Melecio, Chair ChairJosé F. José MéndezF. MéndezJuan M. Zoraida García FonalledasPassalacquaFlorabel Victoria G. Mullick de Jesús, Vice Presidentof Human ResourcesAUDIT Antonio COMMITTEE A. Figueroa Alvarado, Vice PresidentVíctor of Hernández, Financial AffairsChairAntonio José J. E Colorado . de la Cruz Skerrett, Esq.Zoraida Legal Fonalledas CounselorJuan R. MelecioSTATUTES COMMITEEDavid Rivé Power, ChairJosé F. MéndezJuan M. García PassalacquaJuan R. Melecio6ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-20097


Message fromThe PresidentRaising the Barto Meet ChallengesWe have proactively expanded the scope of our mission,participating actively with other sectors of society insearch of powerful solutions.Raising the bar to meet today’s social, economic andglobal challenges is a constant quest of the Ana G.Méndez University System. Since its inception in 1949,AGMUS has become a pillar of our society. We have workedtirelessly to lay a solid educational foundation and as wecelebrate our 60th anniversary, we can proudly say that AGMUShas become one of the finest academic institutions of our time.Our society and the world face unprecedentedchallenges that require prompt responses from academia.Rapid environmental degradation, rising unemploymentand plunging financial markets, health epidemics, andthe need to develop alternative energy sources, arefactors that make our society vulnerable. At the sametime, we must continue to compete and excel on aglobal scale. Therefore, we must harness science andtechnology to resolve these problems and aspire to anideal in order to enhance the quality of life for our society.AGMUS has adopted a dual approach to meet thesechallenges. First, by developing an exemplary educationwith curriculums tailored to current economic, social andglobal trends. But that is not enough. We have proactivelyexpanded the scope of our mission, participating activelywith other sectors of society in search of powerful solutions.Undoubtedly, we have become a leader in both the educationalarena and in promoting and implementing ideas that fostersocial change and social responsibility in Puerto Rico.During the 2008-2009 academic year, we metseveral objectives and goals based on our strategic vision.With the support of our US Presidential Advisory Board andthe leadership of our institutions, a new strategic plan wasput in place to guide the strengthening of teaching andresearch in the areas of science, technology, engineering,mathematics, and health allied fields. This new “STEM+H”plan will provide the guidelines to expand and enhanceour programs and initiatives in these critical areas towardthe year 2020. These plans focus on the health and healthrelatedprofessions, fields of increasing importance,taking bold steps to expand the Health Sciences programat the three institutions, particularly at the UniversidadMetropolitana (UMET). Plans for developing a communityhealth center at UMET’s campus in the municipality ofBayamón were finalized. We completed the transfer ofseveral health programs from our main campus in Cupey toBayamón to better accommodate the physical and marketneeds of our newly developed nursing degree programs.At the Universidad del Turabo (UT), our efforts led toobtaining accreditation for its Nursing School.Important goals in infrastructure were attained.We purchased 15 acres in the Municipality of Gurabofor expanding the Universidad del Turabo campus.Architectural plans were finished for the expansionof the Museum and Center for Humanistic Studiesat Universidad del Turabo. The new facilities of thisDr. Méndez receiving a lifetime achievement awardfrom Kimberly and Manuel A. Casiano, awarded byCasiano Communications, editors of the leadingbusiness newspaper on the Island.important center will provide ample exhibition andmeeting spaces for both national and international artists.We continue to create alliances with localgovernments and the private sector. An agreement wasreached between UMET, the Department of Education,and the Municipality of Comerío to offer short-termtechnical programs establish a UMET technical school inthe facilities of the newly constructed local vocationalschool. These facilities are used to offer training for nursingtechnicians, medical record administrators and computertechnicians. Over 150 students have benefited form thisprogram. Plans are underway to replicate this initiativein other vocational schools throughout the island.8ANA AG. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY ITYSYSTEM STEM•ANNUAL NUALRREPORT RT 2008-20092009098ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-20099


addressed the need for a governmental fiscal reformsystem’s Channel 40 brought the new SíTV-Canalstrategy as well as increasing technological alternativesUniversitario to the screen. The station will continue as aavailable to dispose and reduce solid waste and its impactPBS affiliate but will expand its offering to include topicson the economy and the environment.Our Institute’sranging from current affairs to university life. New newsforums have generated much interest from the Island’spolicymakers, business and opinion leaders, making theInstitute a key player in the public discussion of issues inPuerto Rico. This year, a total of four policy reports werepublished and distributed to policy makers and the public.Building upon the internationalization strategyINTECO will develop aand the aim to serve other Hispanic communities asstated in Vision 2015, AGMUS branched out to the Unitedcenter for the study ofrenewable energy andengineering such asthe photovoltaic andwind technologies.Spearheaded by AGMUS, with the support ofMunicipalities and private industries, the four regional economicdevelopment consortia have taken on ambitious agendas.The consortium alliance of the northern region, INTENOR, iscompleting construction plans for the Center for Research& Development and Industrial Support (CREDIS), within theINTENOR Science Park in the Municipality of Barceloneta. CREDISwill house the research projects related to the pharmaceuticalindustry. On the other hand, the INTECO alliance, in easterncentral Puerto Rico, will have developed a center for the studyof renewable energy, through the Puerto Rico Energy Center(PREC), to research photovoltaic, plasma and wind technologies.INTENE in the eastern sector and DISUR in the south are alsodeveloping projects geared to the specific needs of their regions.This year, more than ever before, our worktranscended the university community to a greater audience.The Public Policy Institute (IPP) brought public attentionStates where it developed two campuses, Orlando andSouth Florida. These now serve over 1,700 students. Acomprehensive market study was conducted to determinethe feasibility of expanding services to emerging marketssuch as the Dominican Republic, Panama and otherlocations in the state of Florida. In Tampa, for example,there is great demand for AGMUS’ dual-language model, aregistered trademark. The Dominican Republic representsan opportunity to establish a community college conceptusing the Universidad del Turabo’s (UT) academic curriculum.On the international scene, the university systemplans to launch Puerto Rico’s first Distance LearningUniversity with a full curriculum from the three institutions.The system will use state-of-the-art technology that willfoster interactive learning through live conversations,chats and seminars. This “virtual” University aims toattract local as well as international students seekingan updated curriculum and learning methodologiesbased on professional and work experiences. Onceagain, AGMUS will be in the vanguard creating thefirst university of this type originating in Puerto Rico.Digitalization and rebranding the universityRegis University, of Colorado, awarded Dr. Méndez aDoctor Honoris Causa degree, his second award, for hislifetime work in higher education.anchors will bring to life talk shows, news analysis, live coverageof cultural events, and coverage of academic activities of thethree universities. The first programs will feature the UMET’senvironmental adventures, the UT’s artists in residence atthe Humanistic Museum and UNE’s Jesús Piñero Center,honoring the legacy of the island’s first Puerto Rican governor.As we continue writing the pages of our history,the Office of the President, with the aid guidance andsupport of the Board of Directors, expects nothingless than to work with dedication and excellence incontributing to meet the challenges posed by today’scomplex outlook. As we complete our 60th anniversary,we reaffirm our mission of service to Puerto Rico and theHispanic community, begun by Ana G. Méndez, and onethat our entire system understands to be relevant today.to pressing problems facing our society. The Institute heldseveral forums, one of which addressed issue of creatingJosé F. Méndez, Dr.h.c.efficient and effective government by Ambassador MauricePresidentMcTigue, from George Mason University.The Institute also10ANA G. MÉNDEZ ZUNIV UNIVERSITY ITYSYSTEM STEM•• ANNUAL NUALREPO REPORT RT 2008-20098 2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200911


Developmentand Alumni AffairsDevelopmentand Alumni AffairsBuilding Dreams:“Envision-Support-Transform”Last year the scholarship fund benefited 441 undergraduatestudents; 249 have since graduated. Under thePermanent Scholarship Fund, 175 students are receivingscholarships in the three institutions.Once again we led the Puerto Rico Chapter of theAssociation of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which establishesstandards of conduct for the fundraising profession. Ithas supported tax reform laws that would increase the current33% deduction for donations in order to stimulate charitablegiving in Puerto Rico.In retrospect, this year we fulfilled many dreams envisioned.Progressively we will create alliances with individualsand organizations that also believe in building dreams forthe future.Institutional development and alumni relations are two keyareas that make AGMUS standout as an educational institution.These attest to the quality of our education and ourreputation among alumni. Our office’s mission is to developrelationships with alumni and link potential donors with programs,scholarships and the construction of new facilities.During the 2008-2009 academic year, our office effectivelyformed alumni groups, from the three universities.We made it a priority to involve alumni in identifying potentialpartners. Most developed a commitment to their alma materwhile students and now as alumni, they want to give somethingback.Our Capital Campaign efforts that began in 2004ended successfully in December 2008. The campaign goalwas $24.6 million, of which $20 million was raised. The fundsare destined for eight major projects: the School of Businessand Entrepreneurship (Universidad del Turabo), programsand scholarships in science and technology (UMET), the Studentand Alumni Village (UT), the new AGMUS SíTV, the JoséA. Santana International School of Hospitality and CulinaryArts (Universidad del Este), the José Domingo Pérez School ofEngineering (UT), the Permanent Scholarship Fund, and theDr. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez Museum and HumanisticStudies Center (UT).While over 100 corporations, foundations, and firmscontributed to the campaign, three gifts stand apart. The JoséA. (Tony) Santana Foundation, a nonprofit organization, partof the Empresas Santana conglomerate, donated $1 milliontoward the academic program in hospitality managementand culinary arts at UNE. The school, which now bears thename José A. (Tony) Santana International School of Hospitalityand Culinary Arts, will use the funds for academic development,scholarships and the construction of new culinary artslaboratories.The Museum and Center for Humanistic Studies atUT has been dedicated to Dr. Josefina Camacho Nuez, motherof Guillermo L. Martínez, philanthropist and arts patron, whodonated $1 million for the expansion of this project. New exhibithalls and open spaces will allow for greater access to thepermanent collection.The UT School of Engineering received a donation of$2,295,000 from a group of engineers and engineering firmsto expand the School of Engineering. These funds were usedfor laboratories for electrical engineering, information systemsand improvement of classrooms. The school has been namedthe José Domingo Pérez School of Engineering in honor ofengineer Pérez and his leadership in the field of engineeringand the Capital Campaign.Our CollaboratorsA & M Contractors, Inc./ Empresas KierA T & T Puerto RicoAbbott Pharmaceuticals PR, Ltd.AIREKO ConstructionAMGENAmerican Construction Co.Ana G. Méndez Memorial FundAntonio Roig Ferré y María Dolores RoigAshford Presbyterian Community Hospital /Familia EscuderoAvaya / Envision TechnologiesAventis PharmaceuticalsBBDO / Puerto RicoBBVABacardí CorporationBanco Popular de Puerto RicoBanco Santander de Puerto RicoBerlitz LanguagesBermúdez, Longo & Díaz Massó, S.E.Cadierno CorporationCancio, Nadal, Rivera & DíazCaribbean Industrial ConstructionCarolina Shopping Court / José R. BacardíCasiano Communications, Inc.Centennial de PRCentro de Imágenes del Noreste / Dr. EmilioTorres ReyesCoca-Cola FoundationCoca Cola PR BottlersConstructora Santiago II Corp.Cooperativa de Ahorro y Crédito Ana G.MéndezCT Radiology Complex / MRI InstituteCué & López ContractorsDeloitte & ToucheDoral Financial CorporationDow, Lohnes, and AlbertsonDr. Jesús Joel PérezDr. José Antonio MolinaDr. Juan M. González LamelaEcoEléctricaEl Comandante Operating Corp.Empresas Cordero BadilloEmpresas SadurníEmpresas VRMEricsson CaribbeanEstudios Técnicos, Inc. / Joaquín VillamilFiddler, González & RodríguezFraternidad Phi Eta Mu, Corp.Fundación Ángel RamosFundación Banco PopularFundación Corazón GuerreroFundación Educativa SprintFundación José A. Santana / EmpresasSantanaFundación José Domingo PérezFundación José Jaime PierluisiFundación Plaza Las AméricasGAR Housing Corp. / Res A.G. ManagementCorp.Grupo AranaGrupo StellaGuillermo L. Martínez CamachoHewlett PackardHill Construction Corp.Hilton International CompanyHospital Hnos. MeléndezIndustria Hotelera de Puerto RicoIPR PharmaceuticalsIng. Adriel LongoIng. Juan J. BermúdezIng. Juan J. JiménezIng. Pablo del Valle / Del Valle GroupInter-Continental San Juan HotelJabiana DevelopmentJohnson & JohnsonJosé E. De La Cruz Skerrett Law OfficeKCS Cleaning Service, Inc.L’BEL ParisLcdo. Mario F. Gaztambide, Jr.Lehman BrothersLema DevelopersLilly del CaribeLos Prados Urbanos, Inc.MFPW J. Walter ThompsonMarxuach & LongoMary P. Dolciani (Halloran Foundation)Medical Card System (MCS)Medtronic FoundationMerck, Sharp & DohmeMerck, Sharp & Dohme - CarolinaMesirow FinancialMicrosoft Caribbean, Inc.Millipore FoundationMunicipio Autónomo de CaguasNational Science FoundationOmega Engineering S. E.Patheon / MOVA PharmaceuticalPeregrine Development Corp.Phi Eta MuPIA of PR & the Caribbean, Inc.PRT / Wireline ServicesProcter & GambleQB Construction S.E.Radiology Institute Imaging CenterRafael y Salfa TamayoRicohRubén Valdés / Portales de MADECOSociedad Española de Auxilio MutuoTeléfonos Públicos de Puerto RicoTelepro Caribe, Inc.The Efrón Foundation, Inc.The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott FoundationTriple-S Management Corp.Wal*Mart / Sam’s ClubWilliam Randolph Hearst FoundationWyeth LaboratoriesXerox Corp.ANA G. 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Institute forPublic PolicyInstitute forPublic PolicyRelevant Policies in anEra of Rapid ChangeAt this critical juncture in global affairs, Puerto Riconeeds to develop public policy alternatives to guidepresent and future decision makers. AGMUS made astrategic move to promote public policy alternatives throughacademic research and public discussion. As a result, the PublicPolicy Institute (IPP) was created to study current publicpolicies and promote new or alternative policies for PuertoRico. Its vision guided by its Board President, attorney César R.Vázquez, and its dynamic Advisory Board, is to incorporate citizensin the discussion of public policies, present alternativesto public sector decision makers, and foster the formation ofpublic officials serving in the legislature, judiciary and executivebranch of government.This past year the IPP addressed a number of vitalpublic issues. The IPP generated public discussion in supportof the not-for-profit sector, or Third Sector. The IPP advocatedthe passage of Senate Bill # 2551 that would make contributionsto nonprofits 100% tax deductible. The proposal is stillbeing analyzed by the Legislature. The Institute also focusedon supporting legislation to raise municipal autonomy to constitutionalstatus based on a keynote speech given by formerGovernor Rafael Hernández Colón in 2008. IPP efforts involvedmeeting with various legislators to discuss the benefits of municipalautonomy.The IPP advocated the passage of Senate Bill # 2551 that wouldmake contributions to nonprofi ts 100% tax deductible.Raising awareness about environmental issuesremains a priority. The IPP has collaborated in developingstrategies for managing solid waste conversion to energy.The forum “Technological Options in the Management ofSolid Waste” showcased proven technologies. The speakerswere Dr. Nicholas J. Themelis, from Columbia University,with panelists Carl Soderberg, Director of the EnvironmentalProtection Agency in Puerto Rico, and Javier Quintana, ExecutiveDirector of the Puerto Rico Solid Waste Authority. TheIPP has also promoted the importance of stimulating competitivenessfor economic growth linked to environmentalissues.This year, governmental reform and downsizingthe public sector has generated public discussion and controversy.In light of this, the Institute sponsored a forum on“Transforming the Government” with special guest, the HonorableMaurice McTigue, Vice President and Director of thegovernment accountability project of the Mercatus Center, athink-tank of George Mason University. He proposed changesin public sector management and budgeting based onresults; and emphasized that transparency and accountabilityare crucial to successful governance. Local experts, participatingas respondents, included William Lockwood, pastPresident of the Government Development Bank for PuertoRico; Josen Rossi, President of the Manufacturers Associationand Roberto Jiménez, Director of Vision-to-Action consultingfirm.In 2008-2009, six policy papers were published bythe IPP which addressed the topics of the forums. These papersare a significant educational contribution to policymakers,academics and the general public.In sum, the Institute continues to be at the forefrontof discussion of relevant public policies. In today’s dynamicscenario, it is a vital voice for the analysis and development ofsound policies for Puerto Rico.The forums were broadcast live on SíTV for public viewers.Ambassador Maurice McTigue, George Mason University,speaks at the forum on transforming government to a fullauditorium.ANA G. MÉNDEZ NDEZUUNIVERSITY ITYSYSTEM STEM M•• ANNUAL NUALRREPORT EPORT2008-20098-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200914 15


Economic Developmentand CommercializationTeaming up for Science,Technology and EconomicDevelopmentINTENOR INTENE INTECO DISURThe Office of Economic Development and Commercializationis an important arm supporting AGMUS inits vision to create and participate in activities that fosterPuerto Rico’s socio-economic development as well as thetransfer and commercialization of technology.Our objectives include promoting the consolidationof regional organizations of economic development, andmulti-sector consortia of private, public and third-sector organizations,including academia. We are committed to supportingthe creation of university programs and activities whichstimulate innovation and an institutional entrepreneurial culture,linked with regional initiatives. Another objective is tocreate and support institutional processes and policies thatachieve technology transfer. In promoting business creation,the formation of entrepreneurs, and the creation of capital,we are also promoting a dissemination of wealth at all levelsof society.Our regional, economic development model focuseson the resources, needs and profile of each region andmatches those characteristics to business creation, employmentgeneration and investment. We see regionalization asan exercise in democracy that allows communities, business-es and educational institutions to participate in governmentalaction. This in turn impacts the quality of life of all citizens.AGMUS’ foresight to take a lead in creating multisectorcenters, joining science and technology to promoteeconomic development and serve the needs and futuregrowth of regions, has borne fruit. AGMUS has helped createand organize four regional economic development organizations:INTENOR (Spanish acronym for the Northern TechnologicalInitiative), INTENE (North-Eastern TechnologicalInitiative), INTECO (Eastern-Central Technological Initiative),and DISUR (Alliance for the Integrated Development of theSouth). In 2008-2009 these four successful regional consortia,have become major players in promoting and implementingeconomic development. A multi-sector board of directorsguides the corporations; area municipalities, the private sectorand leading academic institutions are represented on theboard. More than 50 municipalities jointly benefit from theirprograms.A myriad of other activities throughout AGMUS areplanned for the four regional consortia as they are proving tobe effective and vital motors in the socio-economic developmentof Puerto Rico.We participate and actively foster the development of strategicprojects:Science and technology parksBusiness IncubatorResearch Centers, such as Center for Research and Developmentand Industrial Support in Barceloneta and thePuerto Rico Energy Center in the Universidad del TuraboMass transportation projectsRenewable energy projectsThe second major area of activity for the Office ofTechnology Transfer and Commercialization is technologytransfer, in terms of both licensing intellectual property aswell as in the creation of university-related business “startups”.AGMUS has already submitted its first four patent applicationsand is in the process of implementing an aggressivecommercialization plan. Also, it has completed commercializationagreements that should evolve into joint ventureswith innovative technology entrepreneurs.AGMUShas already submittedits fi rst four patentapplications and is in theprocess of implementingan aggressivecommercializationplan.ANA G. MÉNDEZ NDEZUUNIVERSITY ITYSYSTEM STEM M•• ANNUAL NUALRREPORT EPORT2008-20098-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200916 17


Vice Presidents& ChancellorsVice Presidents& ChancellorsLeading our SystemAlfonso L. DávilaExecutive Vice President and ActingVice President of Financial AffairsJorge L. CrespoVice President ofPlanning and Academic AffairsFrancisco BartolomeiVice President ofMarketing and Students AffairsVictoria de Jesús, Ed.D.Vice President ofHuman ResourcesJesús A. DíazVice President ofAdministrative AffairsLuis A. ZayasVice President of United Statesand Latin American AffairsDennis R. Alicea, Ph.D.ChancellorUniversidad del TuraboMigdalia Torres, Ph.D.ChancellorDistance Education InitiativeFederico M. Matheu, Ph.D.ChancellorUniversidad MetropolitanaAlberto Maldonado Ruiz, Esq.ChancellorUniversidad del EsteMargarita Millán, Esq.Vice President and General ManagerSí TV – Ana G. Méndez University ChannelANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ ÉZUNIVUNIVERSITY E ITYSYSTEM STEM•• ANNUAL NUAL LRREPORT EPRT 2008-2009820090918 19


U.S. Presidential Advisory Board inScience, Engineering and HealthScience and technology is a primary focus of the programs ofAGMUS and the U.S. Presidential Advisory Board has played a pivotalrole in important advances made by our universities in theProgress at theSpeed of TechnologyOFFICE OF THEEXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENTAlfonso L. Dávilasciences, engineering and health areas. The Board is made up ofScience, engineering and health related fi elds playan important role at AGMUS.distinguished professionals in science and technology from UnitedStates government agencies and private institutions.Dr. Susan Phillips SpeeceHerman J. Gibb, P.h.D.Florabel G. Mullick, MDThe Office of the Executive Vice President facilitatesand promotes the effective flow of communicationand implementation among the system’s academicinstitutions, the Vice Presidential divisions and SíTV, as wellas oversees the telecommunications and Information TechnologyDepartment and development of AGMUS’ UniversityDr. Michael ChartockCenters.Scott MayInformation, communication and decision makingDr. William Dawes, Jr.Félix R. Schmidt, MDRonald BlackburnDr. Mark Bradley Lylesare at the crux of our mission. As meeting point, we are thehub where the academic vision meets administrative challengesand a diversity of our academic communities find acommon ground.The primary facilitator of these complex processesDr. Melissa A. McDiarmidis the state-of-the-art technological infrastructure that main-Nizar N . Zein, MDtains and nurtures all administrative and academic processes.This year has seen an increase in biotechnologyresearch.Undergraduate students have opportunities to carryout their experiments in fully equipped state-of-theartlaboratories.Dr. José A. CentenoHealth related careers are offered at the three institutions with aconsistently high enrollment rate.Technology is the universal member of our system which enablesthe efficient management of our resources. This yearour commitment to Information Technology (IT) is evidencedby our $1.5M annual investment in software, hardware andIT services. This included an investment in the network’s information“backbone” in each institution. Another major infrastructureenhancement was the replacement of the mainconnections to the public network by new high speed links,increasing data traffic transport capacity by an average of1000%. This significant increase in capacity was done to addressthe need to support video conferencing, multimediacontent, online courses, access to external data bases, andother web based applications used in the classroom.Technology has facilitated the collection of informationthat many times shapes the direction of the institutions.For example, data collected from marketing on the responsethat students and the public have to ad campaigns has providedmanagement with valuable data on the of the studentrecruitment process. We have broken down the way in whichwe collect this data to develop a computerized system whichincludes the phases of a student’s recruitment process: ananalysis of the potential student’s in a field of study, knowledgeabout the application process, did the candidate applyfor admission and has the student registered at the institution.This information serves as “intelligent reporting” for managementand can be strategic in the decision making process.In order to protect the systems for all of our users,proactive security measures have been taken. An IntrusionPrevention System was introduced as web filters to detectexternal threats to the system. We also installed an InternetSecurity and Acceleration Server (ISA) which rates the content20ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL • REPORT 2008-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200921


CORPORATE ANDINTERNATIONAL AFFAIRSVICE PRESIDENCY OFPLANNING AND ACADEMIC AFFAIRSJorge L. CrespoWe also installed... a systemwhich rates the content of webpages to secure the student’ssafe navigation on the worldwide web.of web pages to secure the student’s safe navigation onthe world wide web. By complementing security measureswith our internal audit systems, we mitigate problemswhile detecting weak links.In today’s fast paced society it is imperativethat academic institutions remain at the forefront oftechnological developments. Our efforts this academicyear included updating our current WIFI infrastructureto the new wireless technology in two or our campusesas well as replacing mainframe servers in our Data Center,our hub of information, in order to optimize the useof energy.In the coming year, we will bring “virtual” PC’sinto our computer laboratories and classrooms whichwill centralize the use of computers and eventually reducethe use of energy. We will continue to work towardsoptimizing the use of technology to provide forthe best learning experience of our students as well asproviding the best information for decision making.Building Global BridgesThe mission of the Office of Corporate and InternationalAffairs is to bridge academic andinstitutional ties with international educationalinstitutions. This year there have been important accomplishmentsthat aid in our endeavor to build globalbridges.Our office constantly seeks out and respondseffectively to local trends. In the case of southernPuerto Rico, the Port of the Americas represents anopportunity for economic development. This year, wesponsored the Symposium on Port Logistics, held inPonce, in coordination with Universidad del Turabo(UT). Experts in port science from Panama, Hollandand Belgium shared their expertise with the newly developedPort of the Americas, of which AGMUS is acollaborator. Over 160 port specialist and businessleaders attended the symposium.In order to continually strengthen professionalschools, this year we identified the Universityof Toulouse, France, as a strategic partner. Our bilingual(English-Spanish) program and the Doctorateprogram in Business Administration at UT will benefitdirectly from this partnership. The partnership willlead to professor and student exchanges, as well ascollaborative projects that will continue to make ourlearning experiences at AGMUS ones with an internationalperspectives.This year we strengthen our ties with ourneighbor in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republicand President Leonel Fernández. President Fernandez’sFoundation for Globalization and Developmentis a recognized non-profit organization whichpromotes environmental conservation as well as thestudy of issues of globalization. The alliance will allowlectures on these topics to be held in Puerto Rico, andin particular at the UT’s Center for Environmental Innovation.Planning forthe FutureTodayThe Vice Presidency for Planning and AcademicAffairs plays a pivotal role in positioning AGMUSas a leading institution within Puerto Rico’s highereducation system. The vice presidency has two major areasof responsibility: the academic component and institutionalplanning which includes strategic planning, institutionalresearch, statistics, as well as coordinating the system’sphysical and infrastructure development.Planning is a pillar of development and progressin AGMUS. This academic year (2008-2009), a system-wide,summative evaluation was developed to assess the progressof our planning process. Accordingly, as a whole the Systemachieved an average completion rate of 81% with regardof the goals and projects set for the first two years of theStrategic Guidelines (2006-07 and 2007-2008). In addition,a strategic process involving the three universities wasperformed this year. Its goal was to streamline and shareassessment tools, methods, and calendars. Now, theinstitutions share information and resources that will supportstrategic decision-making as well as help shape futureprojects.Within the academic component, student retentionremains a priority. For the third consecutive year, AGMUSachieved an increase in its first-year retention rate, whichamounted to a 1.2% increase for the system (67.6%) or a5.2% increase as compared to the 2004 figures. This rate ishigher than the average benchmark for peer institutions inthe United States. Furthermore, the Career Ladder model wasimplemented at the Technical Studies School as a graduationand retention strategy for those students with a gradepoint average (GPA) lower than 2.0. To support its retentionIn the area of adult education, the AHORA program,established in 1995, continues to a great success and hasreached a record 8,000 students.22ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL • REPORT 2008-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200923


UNIVERSITY CENTERSUnique learning opportunitiesclose to home24As part of our goal toimprove service for ourstudent body, we continueto seek accurate data thatwill permit us to developtargeted strategies that fi tstudents’ changing needs.ANA G. MÉNDEZ NDEZUUNIVERSITY ITYSYSTEM STEM M•• ANNUAL NUALRREPORT EPORT2008-20098-2009strategies and improve overall student services, AGMUS musthave accurate data and information to address students’changing needs. To this end, an investment was made forUniversidad Metropolitana and Universidad del Este in theacquisition and implementation Student Space, a leadingprovider of student information systems focusing on studenttracking, retention and early intervention solutions.The successful adult education program AHORA,established in 1995, reached a record of 8,000 students duringthe 2008-2009 academic year. The program extends to thethree main campuses and the university centers throughoutthe Island. Seven new academic programs were designedexclusively for the adult centered accelerated program, whichincludes five master’s degrees and two bachelor’s degrees.AGMUS School for Technical Studies provides oneandtwo-year certificates and associate degrees in highdemandfields for students not attracted by the traditionalfour-year college degrees. This year enrollment met thegoal of more than 2,400 students and a significant increasein productivity indexes was achieved. The technical studiesschool also established a working alliance with theMunicipality of Comerío and the Department of Education ofPuerto Rico in order to provide technical programs in the newlyconstructed vocational school at that municipality, reachingan initial enrollment of 140 new students. In addition, theSchool of Technical Programs developed other partnerships,primarily with the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and TransportationWorkers and the Department of Correction and Rehabilitationto provide training in vocational and administrative areas forinmates, security guards and administrative personnel.Both the adult program (AHORA) and theTechnical Programs now serve over 25% of AGMUStotal enrollment, or some 10,400 students, makinga significant contribution to the strengthening andgrowth of the University System.The year 2008-09 also witnessed asubstantial increase in external funds for the threeuniversity institutions. Overall, AGMUS received theapproval of $28.5 million in grants and contractsfrom a wide variety of entities such as the NationalScience Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes ofHealth (NIH), the Federal Department of Education,NASA, and other federal and local agencies. Thisrepresented a 31% increase in approved funds fromlast year, an impressive achievement consideringthe particularly difficult year this was in terms of theeconomic environment.In the important area of physical planning,the vice presidency provided critical support in theconceptualization and design of future strategicexpansion projects, such as the MetropolitanInstitute of Research (MIR) and the Center forResearch & Development and Industrial Support(CREDIS) for Universidad Metropolitana; the Centerof Excellence for Community Health at Universidaddel Turabo; and the Jesús T. Piñero Library and SocialResearch Center at Universidad del Este.Overall, the Vice Presidency has focusedon leading the planning process and providing theinstitutions with support in an advisory capacity tomeet our goals of academic excellence.AGMUS’s thirteen University Centers (UCs) continue toplay a pivotal role in educating students in remote orperipheral communities. The Office of the AssociateVice President of University Centers, establishes the missionof these Centers to advance regional socio-economic developmentby providing quality and current academic programsin Puerto Rico’s more remote regions.This year the curriculum has evolved around highdemand degrees such as criminal justice, health related professions,and social work in all of the Centers. At the CayeyCenter, the classrooms are equipped with cutting-edgetechnology including electronic and printable blackboardsthat aid student retention. This year, students and facultyfrom the social work program moved quickly into action toaddress the educational, health and psychological needs ofa community in the Municipality of Patillas after it was affectedby a devastating flood. The non traditional combination ofacademic work and community link has given this UniversityCenter one of the highest student retention rates, 89.7%.USAAguadillaCaboRojoMetro Orlando, FloridaIsabelaYaucoSouth FloridaUtuadoUtuadoPonceBarcelonetaJayuyaPonceCayeySanta IsabelBayamónNaguaboYabucoaUNE’s Barceloneta Center, as well as the CayeyCenter, also has technology build into the learning experiencein the classroom. It has sophisticated science laboratorieswith a showcase of equipment for sonography, radiologyand mammography. It admits students with aboveaverage GPA’s which this year reached an enrollment of approximately80 students.The University Centers are effective in bridging thegap between school and the workplace. Because of the sizeof the learning communities, the UCs provide a comfortablesetting with unique learning opportunities close to home.Next year our goal is to expand the state-of-the-art technologicalservices for all Centers.ANA G. 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VICE PRESIDENCY OF MARKETINGAND STUDENT AFFAIRSFrancisco BartolomeiStudent Enrollment - First SemesterPublic Commitmentand Quality Service for an EngagedStudent Body22,75424,49727,26230,79734,30236,61637,95439,07540,9762000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09a widely viewed television debate with the gubernatorialrelevant and responsive ways to connect, guide and bringcandidates, in which AGMUS students prepared the questionstogether our internal and external communities.through live video and internet.The Vice Presidency registered an increase in studentWe also provided support to those affected byenrollment to an all time high of 40,976, which is a significantThe Vice Presidencyregistered an increasein student enrollmentto an all time high of40,976, which is aAGMUS strives to be much more than a traditional universitysystem. It is deeply engaged in our students and Puerto Rico’swell-being and development. Through social marketingand public relations strategies, we promote AGMUS’ commitmentand involvement in relevant and critical public issues that face society.We advocate for the Third Sector as an effective social and economicforce. We endorse regional multi-sectorial alliances that promoteregional socioeconomic growth and sustainability.massive lay-offs in the public and private sector this year.As a direct response, the Vice Presidency organized anemployment fair, Reinventa tu futuro, Reinvent your Future,where displaced workers and professionals were orientedabout new careers options, new fields of study, employmentopportunities and innovative ideas for new businesses. Weencouraged self-analysis to venture into new career optionsby taking advantage of our flexible and varied curriculum.Through these initiatives, AGMUS is in constant pursuit ofincrease of 1,901 more students than last year. AGMUS alsoregistered an increase in its share of, post secondary educationmarket from 21% in 2001 to 27% in 2007. More studentsevery year trust AGUMS with their academic and professionalfutures.AGMUS provides an array of services to students sothat they can graduate, continue their studies or enter theworkforce. Through the use of technology, phone or e-mail,signifi cant increase of1,947 more studentsthan last year.An important campaign this year was an educationalcampaign to encourage young voters to exercise their right to vote,knowing that a large number of young people were not registeredto vote in the 2004 elections. The campaign Vota o Quédate Callao’,Vote or Keep Quiet, communicated to young people that they mustvote if they want their opinions counted. The campaign also included26ANA G. MÉNDEZ N DEZUUNIVERSITY NESITYSYSTEM STEM•• ANNUAL NUALRREPORT ERT 2008-200982009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200927


Throughout 2008we carried out publicinformation campaignsin order to engagestudents and the publicto be responsiblemembers of society.and personal follow-up student services, they are aware oftheir grades, required courses for graduation, registrationdeadlines and administrative procedures that need to becompleted. This service is valuable to students, most of whichbalance work and study responsibilities.The Vice Presidency’s Contact and Customer ServiceCenter will be expanding to improve the servicesthat we provide to our students. TheCenter will eventually have16 service representatives.This year the Contact Centerserviced 579,425 calls throughthe 1-800 telephone line. Servicerepresentatives provide orientationon academic programs, accountbalances, as well as inquiries aboutprogram offerings with the purposeThe System received acknowledgements, awards andpublic recognition. The media coverage, through newssources, alone for this year is equivalent to $8,182,342.of converting calls from prospective applicants into actualenrollment. In order to gauge service and student satisfaction,representatives use a new software to survey client satisfactionvia telephone and record the use of the Contact Center. Theresults are published by the Vice Presidency and analyzedinternally in order to continuously improve operations andservices to our students.A new AGMUS web site was launched this year.The new dynamic design provides easier navigation andhighlights the system’s tools and technological services. Thisnew version includes web 2.0, multimedia and statisticalanalysis of the traffic. During the summer, there were 54,793monthly visitors to our web page, an increase of 10,706 fromthe previous year.Because of our efforts to engage young people andthe quality and variety of academic programs that AGMUSprovides, this year brought the system an unprecedented publicacknowledgement. The system received acknowledgements,awards and public recognition. The media coverage, throughnews sources, alone for this year is equivalent to $8,182,342Student services have become AGMUS’ competitiveadvantage. The services provide a differentiation amongstudents and other universities. We are confident that we willcontinue to play an important role in attracting and retainingstudents in the future.ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-20092829


VICE PRESIDENCY OFADMINISTRATIVE AFFAIRSJesús A. DíazTowards aculture ofconservationAchieving well-designed, well-maintained, green,energy efficient, student-friendly campuses andfacilities are the goals of the Office of the VicePresident of Administrative Affairs. Our office looks for theis an important concern because of intensive night timeuse, estimated to be 58%, at the institutions. As measuresof increased security, for the first time all three institutionsuse a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) sensors toaccess parking. In addition, three trolleys offer constantAnother area of conservationis the use of energy. This yearwe concluded, a one-yearuniformity in the process and services of the entire AGMUSphysical universe: all three institutions and their grounds,transportation and patrol in cases of car trouble andsecurity prevention.pilot project at UniversidadOn next year’s agenda isa water-recycling projectthat will utilize recycledthe thirteen university centers, the television station andauxiliary enterprises, such as libraries, concession stands,cafeterias, vending machines, and printing shop. We arealso responsible for the development of new facilitiesand physical infrastructure, both the engineering andarchitectural processes, where we apply value engineeringto increase control and better administer projects.A central electronic surveillance system coveringall three institutions was installed. Security cameras wereincreased, leading to a reduction of 16,000 hours insecurity guard services. In addition, “overtime” in securityand maintenance services decreased by 80%, a savings ofapproximately $10,000. Since the electronic surveillancewas installed, we registered a reduction in the number ofMetropolitana whichsaved $600,000 in energyconsumption in a space ofmore than 60,000 squarewater from airconditioning systemsOur campuses and facilities are used intensely.Last academic year, the three institutions received between20,000 and 250,000 visitors. We consider the physicalcomplaints and lawsuits by 40% because the cameras helpresolve situations before they reach the courts.Another key area of savings is the use andfeet.and rainwater as a way ofinfrastructure and upkeep to be part and parcel of students’education. A welcoming, professional, pleasant and cleanconservation of resources. Our office established theposition of “specialist in applications” in order to collectOn next year’s agenda is a water-recycling projectlowering costs.environment is a university system’s best face. Achievingthis is a great challenge for AGMUS because the campusesdata on energy and water consumption, contracted hoursfor security and maintenance; as well as to oversee roomthat will utilize recycled water from air conditioning systemsand rainwater as a way of lowering costs. Next year, weare spread out and the infrastructure varies with each.temperature and light sensors controls. Monitoring theseplan to increase Wi-Fi zones in all three institutions andThe responsibility for security and the administrationresources allows us to project services and expensesuniversity centers, with the expectation that student use,of parking lots has added to our scope of activity. Securityrelated to indirect costs.currently 85%, will increase to 100%.ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-20093031


VICE PRESIDENCY OFHUMAN RESOURCESVictoria de Jesús, Ed.D.Rightsizingto MeetChallengesThe hiring process—postings, applications, profiles andresumes – is conducted through the AGMUS web page. Staffevaluations, records, and contracts are in digital format. Theweb page is a friendly and manageable tool for enhancingcommunication at all levels.Satisfaction surveys are also distributed through theThe use of technologyin Human Resources isan integral componentof our commitment toincrease effi ciency andreduce paper work,thereby supporting theenvironment.The Vice Presidency of Human Resources promotesthe system’s organizational development of facultyand administrative personnel, among AGMUS’ mostvaluable resources.Continuing education is our priority. This year weorganized the Management Academy, a 12-session trainingprogram that strengthens supervisory, communication, processanalysis, interpersonal relations, and management skills. Thisprogram has helped management expand its skills, which is amust in a changing environment.Supporting the professional growth of ourmanagement team, we also introduced a Quality Program inconjunction with the American Society for Quality. During the2008-2009 academic year, 68 employees achieved an importantgoal by obtaining Certified Quality Improvement Certificates.AGMUS offers a comprehensive benefits packagethat is constantly updated and enhanced. Yet, we were ableto save $4 million without downsizing. Efforts were focusedon freezing vacancies and postponing salary increases. Withinthe context of “rightsizing,” recruitment revolves aroundimproving the quality of teaching, and hiring professors withdoctoral degrees who have had publishing success. Emphasisis on academics in the areas of business administration,entrepreneurship, technology and science.The use of technology in human resources is anintegral component of our commitment to increase efficiencyand reduce paperwork, thereby supporting the environment.internet on issues such as strategic planning, communication,client services, and organizational climate. Every two years, wesurvey our associates and faculty on their perception of thequality of services. This year, employee participation increasedand so did satisfaction levels in all categories.As part of our commitment to employee health andwell-being, the Health@Program Initiative provides nutritionalinformation and guidance on preventing illnesses. In addition,we have nutritionists who guide employees on eating right fora healthy lifestyle.Another landmark achievement was the creation ofthe Association for AGMUS Employees and Retired Employees,which promotes exchanges and educational activities bybringing together former employees and faculty on a regularbasis.The Vice Presidency of Human Resources makes socialresponsibility part of its framework. A donation of computerhardware, which included training in the use of the equipment,was made to an elementary school in Caguas. Other donationswent to Hogar Rafaela Ybarra, Make-A-Wish Foundation, andother organizations. Lastly, we have hosted quality assurancetrainings for municipal personnel of the municipalities that weserve.Our focus in the next year will be to continue to“rightsize” without affecting our associates. We project thathuman resources will continue to provide the best support,information, and professional development to our system.This year we are pleased toreport there was a $4 millionsavings without the need todownsize.ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-20093233


VICE PRESIDENCY OFUNITED STATES ANDLATIN AMERICAN AFFAIRSVICE PRESIDENCY OFFINANCIAL AFFAIRSAlfonso L. DávilaLuis A. ZayasOpportunityBeyond ourBordersInformation forstrategicdecision makingThis Vice Presidency has as a mission to lead theactivities and expansion of the system in the UnitedStates and Latin America, under AGMUS Ventures.This academic year, has brought many accomplishmentsthat expand the opportunities beyond our borders.The main focus of the Vice Presidency is on twocampuses outside of Puerto Rico: Orlando Campus, foundedin 2003, and South Florida Campus, founded in 2006. In totalthese campuses have 1,600 students. This year we achievedan 18% increase in enrolment from the previous year. InOrlando and South Florida we have academic programsof the three institutions. In 2009, 153 graduates from theOrlando campus and 49 from South Florida.The curriculum and methodology implemented inthese campuses is an AGMUS registered trademark calledDiscipline Based Dual Language Immersion Model®. Thismodel builds on the development of another languagebased on the first language. Classes and course work aretaught 50 per cent in Spanish and 50 per cent in English.The program’s goal is to develop dual language proficiencyin the student’s field of study, so that he or she carries thisbilingual ability into their professional lives.There are two programs that are an essentialcomponent of our student’s success: the adult AHORAprogram and the Bridge Program. Since 2003, 674 adults haveearned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the acceleratedprogram in Florida. This academic year it is estimated that70% or more of the AHORA bilingual program participantsare women, of whom over 50% are heads of families.This academic year, the programregistered a high retention rate, 77%.The Bridge Program (Programa Puente) isdesigned for individuals who do not meet at least oneof the admission requirements for the adult acceleratedprogram and its purpose is to facilitate the skills neededfor the AHORA program. Bridge currently has 233 studentson both campuses. This academic year, the programregistered a high retention rate, 77%.A vital part of our institution is the staff and facultythat compose our US family. A conscious effort has beenmade so that the staff and faculty reflect the compositionof our student body, representing 15 nationalities. Thisacademic year, the Orlando faculty totals 149 professorsand 100 in South Florida.In the coming year, we will partner with RegisUniversity, to complete the design of the new on-line duallanguage immersion master’s degree programs, the firston-line programs to systematically incorporate voice andvideo to develop the language arts skills - reading, writing,speaking and listening - in English and SpanishWe will also continue to expand the AGMUSVentures with a focus on other Florida sites and thenortheast US. Our aim is to continue to develop theacademic, professional and language skills of adult studentsto improve their competitiveness in the job market andimprove their quality of life.The Vice Presidency for Financial Affairs is committedto supporting student learning and faculty researchthrough a financially strong university system.This year was particularly challenging in the control ofexpenses, because of the repercussions of the investmentworld. To this end, we were vigilant of increasing ourcollections and facilitating student loans, while promotingother sources of revenues such as external grants anddonations. In addition, the Budget Office was successful inevaluating and establishing historical financial tendenciesand indicators that help us detect and modify areas ofopportunity for savings and controls within our system.This year we have made significant strides in ourbudgeting analysis and control systems. Budget versusactual reports to management are now available in digitalformat, on a daily basis. We also initiated a process toprovide management with monthly financial statementsto better communicate the short term changes in thesystem’s financial position. In addition, reporting formatswere redesigned to be more “user-friendly” and thereforemore useful in management’s decision making.On the investment front, the institution changedinvestment consultants and trustee for the endowmentfund. This change will allow for a more complete reportingsystem designed for better decision making at the Board ofDirectors, senior management and investment committeelevels.This year we have made signifi cant stridesin our budgeting analysis and controlsystems. Budget versus actual reports tomanagement are now available in digitalformat, on a daily basis.The year 2008-2009 also witnessed animprovement in the compliance monitoring of sponsoredprograms. A Director of Compliance position was createdto partner with the Principal Investigators of researchprojects at the institutions to monitor the financialand programmatic regulations that apply to federallyfunded research. In addition, a special email address wasreactivated (spfm@suagm.edu) so that associates and thegeneral public can communicate confidential informationconcerning the compliance of sponsored programs.Also this year, AGMUS’ institutions chose toparticipate in the new TEACH Program sponsored by theUS Department of Education. This program provides a$4,000 yearly grant to students committed to teaching inlow income schools. The financial aid office communicatesthe requirements, procedures and counsels students onthis excellent professional opportunity.This year AGMUS has enhanced student financialservices and accessibility to the financial aid, while at thesame time, it has enabled the AGMUS to stay on track inthe changing economic landscape.ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-20093435


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A Success Story:Diana del Carmen ObregónUniversidad del TuraboA Comprehensive InstitutionDennis R. Alicea, Ph.D., ChancellorA view of UT’s Casa Solaria ecological house has wonrecognition for its effi cient eco-design.CNN en Español’s journalist Alberto Padilla addressing UT’sSchool of Business and Entrepreneurship.Students tackle experiments at an engineering laboratoryin UT’s competitive engineering school.Universidad del Turabo (UT) has been effective infostering growth at its main campus and the sixCenters located in outlying municipalities inspiredby a vision of creating a comprehensive institution. UT’s totalenrollment in 2008 reached 15,403 students, an increase of6.7% from the previous year. UT provided scholarships tofaculty members to continue doctoral studies. Thirty nine (39)faculty members are enrolled in doctoral studies to expand the49% already faculty members with doctoral degree. Faculty iscomprised of vastly educated professors with scientific andresearch capacities.During academic year 2008-2009, UT developed newprograms such as: Master degrees in Public Affairs ConflictMediation, Quality Management and Project Management;Undergraduate Degrees in Social Work and ComputerizedInformation Systems; Associate Degrees in Hotel and TourismAdministration, Environmental Technician, Computers &Networks; Technical Programs Certificates in Practical Nursing,Pharmacist Technician, and Port Operations. This year UTwitnessed its first doctoral-degree graduates in Education.Career and Employment Center increasedparticipating employers by 5%. During this year 151 studentsparticipated in Internships and a total of 2,776 studentsparticipated in job fairs.The institution has aggressively sought externalfunding. Over $8 million in external funding has beenawarded for student scholarships, academic improvements,student services and infrastructure improvements by Federalagencies such as National Science Foundation, NASA,Department of Energy, and Department Education; industriessuch as AMGEN and Medtronics; and local agencies suchas the Puerto Rico Legislature and Office of Youth Services.Meanwhile, the Capital Campaign reached the goal of $7.6million for its main components: Permanent Scholarship Fund,Annual Fund, School of Engineering, Museum and Center ofHumanistic Studies Dr. Josefina Camacho de la Nuez andSchool of Business and Entrepreneurship.During the last four years UT has been the onlynational Hispanic-serving and Puerto Rican institution toparticipate in the Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellenceprogram, funded by the Federal Department of Energy toproduce groundbreaking environmental research and topnotchresearchers. At UT, the Massie Chair supported researchin environmental science and energy, in coordination withthe Puerto Rico Energy Center (PREC) and the Eastern CentralTechnological Initiative (INTECO, its Spanish acronym).Providing a panoramic view of the changing businessscenario, UT’s Business and Entrepreneurial School hostedthe Forum on New Perspectives on Economic and BusinessOpportunities for Puerto Rico. Guest speaker Alberto Padilla,business journalist for CNN en Español, spoke about thecurrent challenges of the business world and its impact onLatin America and the Caribbean, to local and internationalprofessors of business and governance.In its vision of a comprehensive institution, theresident writer Edgardo Rodríguez Julia provided sixconferences Heteroglosas Antillanas. Another milestone wasreached with the creation of the García Passalacqua-AcostaCenter at UT’s Library. Juan Manuel García Passalacqua, arenowned historian, political analyst and writer, served asadvisor to two of the Island’s Governors. His wife, Ivonne Acosta,also a renowned writer and bestselling author, entrusted UTwith their documents and manuscripts establishing a readingroom in the library which bears their name.To foster the development of ethical and civicvalues in students and the community at large, the Instituteof Applied Ethics hosted a series of forums and developedvarious community projects. Also students from the HonorProgram participate actively as volunteers in social causestargeted to the elderly, abused women and children.In conclusion, many accomplishments wereachieved paving the direction for UT to reach its goal of beingthe “comprehensive university”, for its academic community.In 2003 I graduated top of my high school class witha GPA of 4.00. In August of that year, I enrolled innatural sciences studies at the University of PuertoRico, at Rio Piedras. At the time, I was interested instudying medicine, but I quickly discovered that itwasn’t my passion. I realized I wanted to help peoplewith matters not visible to the eye, such as a woundor a fracture. This is why I changed my major andinstitution. In 2004, I began my studies in Psychologyat the Honor Program at the University of Turabo.On January 27, 2007, the year I was toconclude my undergraduate studies, I was the victimof car accident, in which I lost my right arm, andalmost lost my right leg. It was a difficult time in mylife. Nevertheless, there were family and friends aroundme which gave me strength. There was also a group ofvery special people at the Honor Program who providedunconditional support. Their encouragement made meunderstand that regardless of what had happened tome; I could reach my goals and thus materialize mydreams.Today, June 7, 2009 I graduate with a bachelor’sdegree in psychology, with a 4.00 grade point average.I never let obstacles overcome me, I never stoppedbelieving in myself nor did those who love me. Today,I am reaching for my next dream; to obtain a master’sdegree in psychology, as well as a doctorate. I will beable to serve thousands of people. I will work hard forthem and hope that they also believe in me.38ANA G. MÉNDEZ ZUUNIVERSITY ITY SYSTEM STEM M•• ANNUAL NUALRREPORT EPORT2008-20098-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200939


P t RicoUniversidad MetropolitanaCreating effective alliances for Puerto Rico’ssustainable developmentFederico M. Matheu, Ph.D., ChancellorCommunications Laboratory, with an investment of $1.2M,is a state-of-the-art lab with video, television and radiocapabilities.Dr. Ibrahim Saleh, a communications expert, was UMET’sFulbright Scholar this year from the American University inCairo.UMET’s newestpublication to promotesustainability.Our society faces unparalleled economic andenvironmental problems and academia mustinnovative in order to find solutions. The UniversidadMetropolitana has faced this through a twofold approach:to excel in scientific research, mathematics and technology;and to become an effective advocate for sustainabledevelopment in Puerto Rico. During the 2008-2009 academicyear, the university made significant strides in achieving bothobjectives.The School of Environmental Affairs (SEA) hasbecome the premier center of environmental educationin Puerto Rico, and has earned UMET the title of “Universityof the Environment”. This year, SEA published the book“Hacia el desarrollo inteligente: 10 principios y 100 estrategiaspara Puerto Rico” (Towards smart growth: 10 principles and100 strategies for Puerto Rico) which recommends policiesfor sustainability. SEA also published the research “Land-Use Sustainability Index”, to be used my municipalities asindicators and policies in their progress toward effective landuse.Another award was won by UMET this year. The2008 Environmental Award was granted to SEA’s directorof the Center for Sustainable Development, Prof. MariaJuncos Gautier for her leadership and contribution to theadvancement of environmental causes.Through the research efforts of Dr. Beatriz Zayas,director of the university’s ChEMTox Laboratory, and hercollaborator Dr. Osvaldo Cox, UMET submitted its first scientificpatent to the U.S. Patent Office. Drs. Zayas and Cox designed,developed and tested these new anti-cancer compounds,whose fluorescent properties give them the potential asmarkers to detect cancer cells. The compounds are subjectedto further studies at the SEA laboratory in Cupey.Another important step in our quest for innovationis the eco-business program that transforms ideas into viablebusinesses that address the Island’s environmental problems.Twenty-one entrepreneurs have been advised on theirenvironmental business plans. Six of these will be selectedto be part of “environmental business incubator project” inthe municipality of Barceloneta. The School of EnvironmentalAffairs was awarded a grant of $600,000 from the NationalScience Foundation towards this effort.Further outreach was achieved beyond our campus;this time, by the School of Technical Studies. Through astrategic alliance with the municipality of Comerío, a newtechnical school will provide technical degrees in highdemandoccupations, such as: health plan administrators,nurse assistants and computer technicians.The School of Business Administration and itsEntrepreneurs Students Association won the distinctionfor its best practices in entrepreneurship at the CollegiateEntrepreneurship Organization convention in Chicago.The group of students also won the First Prize among twohundredinstitutions of higher education for best businessplans and web page design.We were honored to host Fulbright professorIbrahim Saleh of the American University in Cairo, Egypt, whogave a series of lectures on perspectives of communications.Dr. Saleh’s visit was held to inaugurate the $1.2 millionCommunications Laboratory. Its sophisticated equipmentoffers digital video, radio transmission capability and mediaproduction that will benefit all of academic community.Last summer, over one-hundred (100) studentsfrom the School of Science and Technology participated inundergraduate research projects. Fifteen of these studentsreceived scholarships from the Spanish Research Council, inSpain. Their findings were presented at a US symposium,where more than 150 students participated from universitiesin Puerto Rico and US.Because of its innovative curriculum, particularly inthe sciences, enrollment reached a record of 12,125 students.The freshman retention rate rose from 64% to 68%, due, inpart, to the implementation of a program developed by theCenter for Individualized Education that offers independentmentoring and counseling services to address student’spersonal and academic needs.UMET continues its quest for external funds. Duringthe academic year 2008-2009, more than $13 million werecollected for 52 different programs. In the past four years, theinstitution has received approximately $46 million, mostlyfor science, environmental science, students’ services andtechnology programs.We celebrated the end of the academic year with ourmale student athletes’ win in Puerto Rico’s most competitiveintercollegiate track & field event. Our female athletes wonsecond place in their category. The Cocodrilos and Cocodrilaswere outstanding in their third year as members of theIntercollegiate Athletic League.A Success Story:Harry PeñaWhen the plastic recycling plant where I workedclosed in 1995, I enrolled in UniversidadMetropolitana’s masters program inenvironmental management. As a student, I wasrecruited by a company that inspected for lead-basedpaint and asbestos in public housing projects. I alsogained experience in air-quality monitoring in buildingsscheduled for demolition. In 2001, I resigned to workon my own and devoted time to my thesis. The 9/11attacks made me change course. A New York Cityenvironmental firm recruited me to work on GroundZero. For three weeks, I trained people and monitoredthe air quality of buildings. Thanks to the interdisciplinarytraining I had received at UMET, I was ableto take advantage of this opportunity.Upon my return to Puerto Rico, I decided to setup my own business. On one job, inspecting historicbridges for lead-based paint, I realized there were noguidelines on preserving the colonial structures withoutaffecting the bodies of water. This became my thesistopic and in 2004, I obtained an MA in environmentalmanagement.Today, my company, Zimmetry EnvironmentalManagement Corp., is a leader in environmentalinspection of buildings. The master’s program, and myprofessors, helped me launch Zimmetry. They helpedme with their vision and experience and I followed everypiece of advice they gave me. Now, I offer a course atUMET on occupational health and safety. I believe inthe school and have recruited three graduates.I urge my students to use the tools they havebeen given and put in the maximum effort, and they willexcel. Success depends on knowledge and learnedskills, and more than anything, on the attitude we bringto everything we do.Power:PO_0902215 R1 Jacket Date:07/02/09 PP2240ANAAG. MÉNDEZ ÉNDEZUZUNIVUNIVERSITY SITYSYSTEM STETEMM•• ANNUAL NUAALREPOREPORT RT 2008-2009820009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200941


Universidad del EstePursuing a vision of research, entrepreneurship,community service and internationalizationAlberto Maldonado Ruiz, Esq., ChancellorUniversidad del Este (UNE) continues to move aheadin its steady pursuit of academic excellence. Qualityin academic programs and services, coupled withproactive attention to student needs, remain institutionalpriorities. The quest of specialized accreditations emerges atthe forefront of academic initiatives.At the top of the list of outcomes are new academicdevelopments and accreditations in science and technologyUNE’s Job Placement Center successfully matched 309people with jobs.Radiology and health related fi elds are high demandoccupations being met by UNE.and in allied health fields with certificate programs in Practicalnursing, in Computer repair and Network installations. AMaster’s degree in Education with specialization in SchoolPsychology adds to the graduate portfolio. Associate degreesin architectural drafting and in avionics technology are in thepipeline.Doctoral degrees in the faculty body have risen to41%. In service trainings with an emphasis in the integrationto the teaching and learning process of constructivistmethodologies, technology and assessment permeateacademic life. In support of programs, bibliographic resourcesin multiple media grow alongside programs.Prestigious accreditations and licensing that attestto the quality and character of its academic programsand services have been accomplished: the AccreditationCommission for Programs in Hospitality Administration(ACPHA) and from the Joint Review of the Health Commissionon Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT). Additionally,the Preschool Education Center was licensed by the PuertoRico General Council of Education. Specialized accreditationsat the national level include programs in business programs,nursing, social work, teacher education and culinary arts.Enrollment totals 12,291, an increase of 18.5% in 5years. During the same period, graduate enrollment increasedin 569%. Retention efforts are on the rise with an overall 69%for the fall 2008 cohort. Student services staff availability havebeen extended to evenings and weekends in response tostudent demands and needs. Events and activities focusingin a positive outlook on life and wellness are serving to createa climate of respect and non violence.UNE’s commitment toward the integral developmentof its student body has led to greater access and moreavailability of opportunities. The intern program was successfulin providing educational and research opportunities for163 students in competitive universities such as Princeton,Rutgers, Penn State, Ohio State and Harvard.In order to meet the needs and demands of anemerging knowledge–based economy, UNE prioritizesresearch as a key institutional goal. The institution continuesto accomplish major milestones in pursuing the process ofstrengthening and building the capacity to promote researchactivities among faculty members and undergraduatestudents. Fiscal resources for research activities reached ahistorical high of $1.3 million with significant support fromNIH/RIMI and NIH/MBRS/RISE programs funding.As part of a commitment to promote volunteerism,the Honors Program participants serviced 561 hours toseveral local non-profit organizations equipped with a ServiceLearning course and guidance. A tribute to Puerto Rico’s pastwas instituted when UNE was entrusted with the legacy ofthe first Puerto Rican governor. The Jesús T. Piñero Collection,while preserving the heritage of this important statesman, isdocumenting an era for a new generation of Puerto Ricans.Next stages include the transformation of the Collectioninto the Jesús T. Piñero Library and Research Center open toscholars and the community.Fundraising efforts have secured the commitmentof private organizations and partnerships. Empresas Santana’s$1 million donation was earmarked for the José A. (Tony)Santana International School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts.The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation ($100,000) andthe Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) de Puerto Rico($50,000) are supporting educational scholarships. Externalfunds ($7,170,828) for the current period are supportingresearch, student services and infrastructure.UNE continues to receive international recognitionsfor its accomplishments. Most recently, the WorldConfederation of Businesses recognized UNE with the 2008Bizz Award.A Success Story:Emmanuel Vázquez-RiveraEmmanuel Vázquez-Rivera demonstrated hisinterest in science early at UNE. Since he beganhis studies at UNE he distinguished himself byhis leadership and academic commitment, joining thehonor program during his first semester of study. Hisfirst encounter with research was as a participant inthe pre-College Research Symposium sponsored byUniversidad Metropolitana as a Model Institution forExcellence of the National Science Foundation. Thisexperience opened doors taking him to the Universityof Wisconsin-Madison during the summer of 2007, asan intern. During this time he published an article in theUniversity’s scientific journal. That summer, Emmanuelwon a grant from the Federation of American Societiesfor Experimental Biology (FASEB) to continue hisresearch in applied microbiology.With these experiences under his belt, healso found time to be a student leader on campus.Emmanuel is the founder and President of UNE’sStudents in Biotechnology. One of his most significantactivities was serving as a research mentor for otherscience students.Since being admitted to the Departmentof Molecular Biology of the Lewis-Singler Institutefor Integrative Genomics of Princeton University forgraduate studies, Emmanuel will have reached oneof his many academic goals. He is a source of pridefor the Honors Program to which he belongs and forUNE.42ANA G. MÉNDEZ NDEZUUNIVERSITY ITYSYSTEM STEM M•• ANNUAL NUALRREPORT EPORT2008-20098-2009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200943


Distance Education Initiative2008-2009A groundbreakingvision of educationat a distanceAna G. Méndez University System’sTelevision ChannelSíTV: where informationand education meetMargarita Millán, Esq.Journalists Zugey Lamela and Ariel Rivera Vázquez arethe new news anchors for SíTV Informa.Migdalia Torres, Ph.D.The Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS), apioneer in distance learning, moved closer to its visionof establishing the first Puerto Rican distance university.Based on a philosophy of inclusiveness in education, theuniversity is envisioned to become a major alternative totraditional education, by being the first accredited distanceuniversity to grant graduate degrees while meeting thehighest standards of quality and academic excellence.An important step was taken during this academicyear, when distance education was separated from itstelevision counterpart, the rebranded educational stationSíTV. Although the distance-learning program continuesto be offered on Channel 40 (Channel 40.1, according toits digital ID), they are now two separate entities. AGMUS’distance education initiative is currently being evaluatedby the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education (CES, by itsSpanish acronym) to grant a license for full operation. Oncethis license is granted, the Middle States Commission onHigher Education will perform an evaluation to then grant theaccreditation to the distance university.Online education has gained much popularity withAGMUS students. Courses with low enrollment at differentcampuses have been more successful online. Twenty-sixcourses are being offered, with 31 active sections and atotal enrollment of 534 students from the three universitycampuses. This online program plans to expand throughan agreement with AGMUS Ventures, which ratified thedesign of 29 dual language online courses. UT and RegisUniversity assisted the distance university in developingdual language courses. These courses will be offered at theMetro Orlando and South Florida campuses. In addition, thedistance education initiative is developing 14 online modulesto grant a Certificate of advanced degree in Entrepreneurship,Capitanes del Mundo Empresarial, which would be offeredby the eastern-central economic development consortium,INTECO.The External University Educational System (SEDUE,by its Spanish acronym) has brought distance-learning tostudents. The SEDUE project introduced hundreds of studentsvia television to basic Spanish, English, Humanities and othercourses. These have now evolved into “hybrid courses,” acombination of online and television-courses. Enrollmentduring 2008-2009 academic year totaled 560 students andgenerated revenue of $270,480.In addition to servicing the AGMUS community, wehave also collaborated with the public school system. Thesuccessful LOGOS mathematics project provides teacherswith advanced problem-solving mathematics, aligned withthe standards of the Department of Education. This year, theDepartment of Education renewed funding for the successfulproject which will produce two new tele-courses; $558,500was allocated for mathematics teachers to enroll in theprogram. Another major accomplishment this year was thelaunching of the Internet SEDUE radio programs and www.sedueradio.com.AGMUS began one of Puerto Rico’s first formaldistance education programs in 1985. With this experienceand investment, we have been able to keep abreast of thecompetition and able to see into the future of distanceeducation.Taking a giant step, AGMUS launched SíTV CanalUniversitario Ana G. Méndez, changing the name andimage of the historical TV station. The rebranded WMTJ-TV, Channel 40, reinvented itself as an alternative channel –educational, informative and also entertaining, with a greaternumber of high-quality, locally produced programs andhigh definition (HD) broadcasts. Access is strengthened viathe island’s three cable-TV carriers: SíTV: OneLink Channel 3,Liberty Channel 40 and Choice Cable Channel 26Creating a new identity for the station coincidedwith the switch to digital TV. By federal mandate, all televisionstations were required to broadcast in digital format byJune 12, 2009. Digital transmission offers TV viewers betterpicture and sound quality, and additional programmingchoices through multiple broadcast streams, referred to asmulticasting. The AGMUS educational station was ready bythe original Federal Communications Commission deadlinein February 2009.AGMUS, a pioneer in educational TV, is the onlyeducational institution in Puerto Rico with a non-commercialbroadcast license. In establishing a new identity, SíTV hasdeveloped twenty-three original programs, among them,Aventura Científica (Scientific Adventures), a series of thirteenprograms produced in collaboration with UniversidadMetropolitana ’s School of Environmental Affairs. They arefilmed on location, for example in the Cucharillas marshlandsand Jobos Bay natural reserve, and address topics such asrecycling and sustainable development. María Falcón, winnerof international awards, among them The Conservation FilmMaker of the Year Award, is the producer.Using the talent of the system’s universities is centralto creating new programming. The station joined forces withthe Universidad del Turaboon Sí al Museo (Yes to theMuseum). The first of tenprograms starred thepermanent collection ofarcheological artifacts ofthe Museum and Centerof Humanistic Studies,which is located on theUT campus. As part ofthis cultural offering,SíTV viewers “visit”prominent, local artists in theirworkshops and learn about local customs, art trends, up andcoming artists and exhibitions at various cultural institutions.SíTV Informa, is expected to become the station’shallmark. The redesigned 30-minute newscast is aired Mondaythrough Friday, and includes segments on the environment,art and culture, business, technology, among others. Expertsfrom the three universities give depth to these reports withanalysis that goes beyond the breaking news. JournalistsZugey Lamela and Ariel Rivera Vázquez are news anchors.The station’s first exclusive live transmission wascoverage of the 7th Annual Plaza Food Fest with internationalchef Lidia Bastianich, of “Lidia’s Italy” television program. Toreach a larger student audience, SíTV will broadcast live theVolleyball Final Series of the Athletic Inter Universities Leagueas part of a plan for sports involvement.SíTV, a positive and affirmative brand, has become aworkshop for talented producers, technicians and reportersto contribute to quality educational programming in PuertoRico.444ANA G. MÉNDEZ N DEZUUNIVERSITY NESITYSYSTEM STEM•• ANNUAL NUALRREPORT ERT 2008-200982009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200945


Projections2009-2010Projections for nextacademic year include:A view of the architectural design for the UT’s communityhealth center.Organizational ChartBOARDOFDIRECTORS• In order to continue to attract quality faculty and maintainour standard of excellence, we will continue to acquirenational accreditations for the health programs at UNE, UMETand UT.• We will launch AGMUS’ Distance University with the licensingrequired by the appropriate agencies thereby initiating a newchapter in distance education in Puerto Rico.• In an effort to expand the health sciences programs acrossthe system, we will finalize the details of the design of aCommunity Health and Wellness Center at both UT andUNE.• A long awaited goal will be reached in the coming yearwhen we break ground to initiate construction of CREDIS(Center for Research Development and Industrial Support) atBarceloneta. A key project and alliance which will focus onbiotechnical pharmaceutical research which will propel theregion’s economic development.• As a Center for Excellence in research, UT’s Puerto RicoEnergy Center will continue to expand its research agendathrough undergraduate and graduate research initiatives inrenewable energies.• We will conclude AGMUS Ventures feasibility study todetermine the expansion of AGMUS and the opportunitiesof growth, such as establishing a community college model,under UNE’s academic program, in South Florida and theDominican Republic.• We will continue to establish collaborative agreementswith the Department of Education and municipalities todevelop educational centers such as the one created withthe Municipality of Comerío, in order to bring the AGMUS’technical programs to other remote areas of the Island.• Our culture of business innovation will continue to expandthrough the creation of business incubators and strategicalliances for research and commercialization with the regionalconsortia: INTECO, INTENOR, INTENE AND DISUR.• In light of the changing workplace and professionallandscape, we will assess and identify economic, social, andglobal trends in order to develop a Career Think-Thank thatwill foster new academic careers and degrees. Its mission willbe to identify new niches and unexplored opportunities inacademia.We will be consistent in carrying out its Vision 2015in making the AGMUS a center of innovation and a versatileinstitution. Our vision extends beyond classroom walls toinclude the economic development, at both the regional andmunicipal level, which we understand is the key in fostering astrong and prosperous society.A view of the Center for Research Development and IndustrialSupport (CREDIS) at Barceloneta which will carry out pharmaceuticalresearch.ExecutiveVice PresidentExecutiveCommitteeVP Planningand AcademicAffairsFinanceCommitteeInternalAuditorChancellorUniversidadMetropolitanaVice Presidentof FinancialAffairsAcademic &Student AffairsCommitteeChancellorUniversidaddel EsteVice Presidentof AdministrativeAffairsPRESIDENTAuditCommitteeChancellorUniversidaddel TuraboVice Presidentof Marketing andStudent AffairsBylawsCommitteeVice Presidentfor US and LatinAmerican AffairsChancellorDistance EducationInitiativeVicePresident andGeneral ManagerSiTVVice PresidentofHumanResources46ANA G. MÉNDEZ N DEZUUNIVERSITY NESITYSYSTEM STEM•• ANNUAL NUALRREPORT ERT 2008-200982009ANA G. MÉNDEZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM • ANNUAL REPORT 2008-200947


General InformationAna G. Méndez University SystemPO Box 21345San Juan, PR 00928-1345Phone: 787-751-0178Fax: 787-766-1706E-mail: ac_jmendez@suagm.eduWebsite: www.suagm.eduThe InstitutionsUniversidad MetropolitanaPO Box 21150San Juan, PR 00928-1150Phone: 787-766-1717Fax: 787-759-7663E-mail: umet_fmatheu@suagm.eduUniversidad del EstePO Box 2010Carolina, PR 00984-2010Phone: 787-257-7373Fax: 787-752-0070E-mail: ue_amaldonado@suagm.eduUniversidad del TuraboPO Box 3030Gurabo, PR 00778-3030Phone: 787-743-7979Fax: 787-744-5394E-mail: ut_dalicea@suagm.eduDistance Education InitiativeComerío Avenue 1600, Suite 1Bayamón, PR 00961-6376Phone 787.288.1100 ext 8320Fax: 787.288.1141E-mail: ca_mtorres@suagm.eduSíTVPO Box 21345San Juan, PR 00928-1345Phone: 787-766-2600Fax: 787-250-8546E-mail: mamillan@suagm.eduMetro Orlando Campus5601 South Semoran Blvd.Terracota Business Center Suite 55Orlando, FL 32822Phone: 407-207-3363Fax: 407-207-3373E-mail: eacosta@suagm.eduSouth Florida CampusPO Box 27-8740Miramar, FL 33027-8740Phone: 954-885-5595Fax: 954-885-5861E-mail: snazario@suagm.edu48ANAG.MÉNDEZ ZUUNIVERSITY ITYSYSTEM STEM•ANNUAL NUALRREPORT RT 2008-200900948

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