Photo gallery: Athabasca University’s history in pictures
See how Athabasca University has evolved over its 52-year history
June 25, 1970, was a turning point for open, distance education in Alberta and Canada. That’s when the Government of Alberta officially created Athabasca University (AU).
Although initially envisioned as a traditional bricks-and-mortar university, AU’s focus soon changed and in 1972 became the province’s first pilot for an open, distance university. In doing so, it charted a course for the modern, digital-first, online institution that’s now home to more than 41,000 students each year.
To help mark AU’s 52nd anniversary and celebrate the successes of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni, we thought it would be fun to share a collection of images from our past.