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Is Athabasca University accredited?

AU courses and programs are recognized throughout North America, and we were the first Canadian university to be accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

We are recognized by the Government of Alberta, and report to the Government of Alberta through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology. Our quality assurance mechanisms and program proposals are reviewed by the Campus Alberta Quality Council.

AU is mandated to operate as a Comprehensive Academic and Research Institution. Through Alberta’s Post-secondary Learning Act, the government authorizes Athabasca University Governing Council to govern the university and to grant degrees. Members of Governing Council 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. A group of peers from other institutions has closely examined the way Athabasca University does business and found that AU meets rigorous international quality standards for higher education institutions. The peer review was conducted according to a set of criteria established by MSCHE to maintain and strengthen the quality and integrity of higher education.

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