- In the last four years the private universities in Puerto Rico have seen a reduction in enrollment of almost 20,000 students (~-12%; from 187,754 to 167,866). (http://cb.pr/las-universidades-privadas-se-encogen/).
- Governor Ricardo Rossello (2017- ) from the PNP party, after a controversial appointment as Assistant Professor at the state university (UPR) was offered a Faculty position at the private Ana G. Mendez university system (http://www.noticel.com/noticia/153894/suagm-confirma-contratacion-de-ricky-rossello.html).
- A library of the Turabo Campus of Ana G. Mendez was named after his father, former Governor Pedro Rossello (1993-2001).(http://bmgpr.suagm.edu/).
- A library of the UMet Campus of Ana G. Mendez was named after former Governor Luis Fortuno (2009-2013) from the same political party (PNP).(http://umet.suagm.edu/biblioteca_siglo_xxi_luis_g_fortuno)
- Luis Fortuno was also member of the Board of Directors of the Ana G. Mendez University system.
- Governor Ricardo Rossello signed a collaborative agreement to internationalize higher education ONLY with the private institutions (http://cb.pr/gobierno-firma-acuerdo-para-promocionar-educacion-superior-privada/).
As a consequence of migration out of Puerto Rico, combined with reduced birthrates, the pool of applicants to apply for university education continues to decline rapidly. This is especially noticed in the private universities. At least three Puerto Rico Governors have direct interests to prioritize private universities over the public University of Puerto Rico. The political investments of the Ana G. Mendez system now seem to be paying off. Drastic cuts in public funding (see previous post: cuts of $450,000,000 out of $834,000,000 in government subsidies) are designed to eliminate competitive programs, and possibly up to eight of the eleven campuses of the UPR system. The pay-for-play scheme significantly reduces opportunities for students to attend the public system, and they will have no other choice but to attend the private universities. Since most students receive support via Pell-grants, the private institutions claim these Federal Aid funds directly as tuition in order to fill their bank account.
The UPR system needs to be cut drastically, in order to have a sufficient amount of students available to maintain the private institutions.