What is Accreditation

Accreditation is the primary means by which the quality of higher educations and programs disseminated by the institutions of postsecondary education based or operating in the United States is assured.  Accreditation is a voluntary, private and nongovernmental process, and a form of self-regulation in which colleges, universities and programs of higher education of the United States have come together to develop standards, policies, and procedures for self-examination and judgment by peers.
Accreditation is carried out through private and nonprofit organizations that either review entire institutions (known as national or regional accreditors), or only certain programs such as business, law or medicine (known as specialized accreditors).  Both groups undertake the responsibility in very similar manner, each requiring self-study by the institution or program under review, scrutiny by peers (including one or two site visits) and a judgment about the accredited status based on standards of quality and outcome developed by the accrediting organization in consultation with the higher education community.

There are a number of accrediting agencies in the United States, but only about 80 of them are subject to quality review, routinely undergoing the process of recognition by the US federal government through the United States Department of Education.  A complete list of these recognized agencies is available on the Website of the US Department of Education:

www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/accreditation

A list of institutions of higher education that have been accredited by the agencies recognized by the US Department of Education can be viewed at the Website of the United States Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA);
www.chea.org

It should be noted that accreditation for institutions outside the United States of America does not confer eligibility for U.S. Financial Aid funds.  Accreditation also does not guarantee that transfer units or degrees issued by an accredited institution of higher education will be accepted by other U.S. or overseas universities and institutions, as each institution will decide independently as to what transfer units or degrees they will recognize.

American University for Humanities & Accreditation
American University for Humanities is an institution of liberal education, and as such, it is only conceivable that it should obtain its recognition as an accredited institution from the recognized agency responsible for this area of higher learning.

The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) is the national association that accredits institutions offering quality general education programs in the liberal arts that meet the Academy's stringent educational, administrative, and financial criteria. AALE is unique in the accreditation community in grounding the entire institutional or program accreditation process on a rigorous set of Education Standards. A major purpose of the Academy is the accreditation of liberal arts institutions in order to enable them to participate in programs authorized under the Higher Education Act and other Federal programs. Universities, colleges, or liberal arts programs within such institutions may apply for AALE accreditation.

Accreditation by AALE signifies institutional integrity and a strong commitment to liberal education. Membership certifies that the institution meets or exceeds the Academy's independently established Education Standards. These standards require students to complete demanding core studies in the arts, sciences, and humanities taught by senior as well as junior faculty. Consequently, AALE's Education Standards provide stakeholders in higher education, including parents and prospective students, with a clear means for identifying curricula with a focused, well-articulated core of languages, history, mathematics, science, literature, philosophy, and other elements of a liberal education.
AALE is a national accrediting agency. The Academy is located in the nation's capital and is non-profit, non-partisan, and non-sectarian. Further information on AALE can be obtained from the Academy’s Website: www.aale.org

The present standing of the University’s operations vis-à-vis AALE accreditation of different campuses and programs is as follows:

  • Tbilisi Campus College, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, was elected as a fully accredited member by AALE for a period of 10 years starting July 1, 2005.
  • AUH program at Arts, Sciences and Technology University in Lebanon, Jadra Campus, Lebanon, was elected as a fully accredited member by AALE to December 21, 2009, extended to December 2011.
  • AUH program at Lee Community College, Singapore, was elected as a fully accredited member by AALE to December 21, 2009, extendable to June 2012.
  • AUH program in Armenia is an Applicant Member of AALE.