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.
AU is recognized by the Government of Alberta and reports to the Government of Alberta through the Ministry of Enterprise and Advanced Technology. AU's quality assurance mechanisms and program proposals are reviewed by the Campus Alberta Quality Council. AU has the mandate for the provision of university-level distance education programs in Alberta. Through Alberta's Post-secondary Learning Act, the government authorizes The Governors of Athabasca University to govern the university and to grant degrees. Members of the board are appointed by Orders in Council of the Government of Alberta. AU is also recognized by the Government of British Columbia.
In 2006, AU became the first Canadian public university to receive accreditation in the United States, through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), one of six regional organizations in the U.S. that accredits universities. No other public Canadian university holds this level of foreign accreditation.
AU received CMA accreditation for its Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting Major in February of 2011. CMA accreditation recognizes universities that achieve high standards of instruction in management accounting. Graduating from a CMA accredited degree program allows you to bypass the CMA Entrance Examination. For more information please visit the Faculty of Business website.
AU is a full member of the following associations:
- Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
- Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE)
- Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS)
- Canadian Virtual University (CVU)
- Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
- Inter-American Distance Education Consortium (CREAD)
- International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
- International Education Council (IEC)
Updated October 31 2013