Higher Education in Puerto Rico
Research and Evaluation

Higher Education in Puerto Rico

Conditions and Context Influencing Institutional Resilience

Posted: May 18, 2021
Author(s): Emily Labandera, Deborah Santiago, and Julie Laurel
Organization(s): ¡Excelencia in Education!

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is home to more than 80 colleges and universities. Over the last 10 to 20 years, Puerto Rico has faced economic downturns, increasing out-migration of the younger population and adults without a postsecondary degree, an increasing elderly population, and damaged infrastructure and loss of life due to natural phenomena such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This analysis provides data and trends to better understand the context in which institutions in Puerto Rico are in and areas for potential action.