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.
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.Learn more about Athabasca University
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.
Our 5-year strategy is to provide complete flexibility and accessibility to our online students in our province, across Canada and the world. We will create a cloud-based digital learning environment that encourages learning for a lifetime and provides a collaborative engagement space for students, professors and researchers to continuously innovate in digital pedagogy, applied augmented intelligence, and online learning experiences.Read more