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About AU

Athabasca University, Canada's Open University, is dedicated to the removal of barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide.

Athabasca Universities Strategic Plan

Governance

Athabasca University governs itself through a bicameral governance structure, as set out in the Alberta Post-Secondary Learning Act and the Athabasca University Regulations. The Board of Governors is the senior governing body, but shares academic governance with the General Faculties Council (GFC), the academic governing body.

The University Secretariat provides support for all areas of the Board and GFC, enabling both bodies (and their respective standing committees) to govern the institution in an efficient and effective manner.

Serves Over

40,000Students

Employs Over

1000Faculty and Staff Members

AU Offers Over

850Courses

Maintains Over

350Collaborative agreements

Additional Student Facts

  • 83 per cent work while they study
  • 67 per cent are women
  • 50 per cent of graduates support dependents
  • 70 per cent of graduates are the first in their family to earn a university degree

AU at a Glance

Athabasca University, Canada's Open University, is dedicated to the removal of barriers that restrict access to and success in university-level study and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for adult learners worldwide.

We will help you to understand our mission, how we go about accomplishing it and how, in the process of doing so, we help thousands of learners every year to accomplish their personal goals and realize their dreams. Please take a few minutes to get to know us better.

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Accreditation

AU is a publicly funded post-secondary institution, one of four public comprehensive universities in the Province of Alberta, Canada. You can rest assured that your AU experience represents a rigorous, high quality university education. We are a respected and recognized university with a proven track record.

Athabasca University is also accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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