STATEMENT OF ACCREDITATION STATUS

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY
4400 Massachusetts Ave. N. W.
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 885-6000; Fax: (202) 885-1025
www.american.edu

Chief Executive Officer: Dr. Cornelius M. Kerwin, President
INSTITUTIONAL INFORMATION
Enrollment (Headcount): 7908 Undergraduate; 5290 Graduate
Control: Private (Non-Profit)
Affiliation: Religious- United Methodist Church
2015 Carnegie Classification: Doctoral Universities - Higher Research Activity
Approved Degree Levels: Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (< 1 year), Postsecondary Award/Cert/Diploma (>=1 year, < 2 years), Associate's, Bachelor's, Postbaccalaureate Award/Cert/Diploma, Master's, Doctor's - Professional Practice, Doctor's - Research/Scholarship;
Distance Education Programs: Fully Approved
Accreditors Recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education: American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar ; American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation ; Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP); National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation,
Instructional Locations
Branch Campuses: None
Additional Locations: Art in Italy, Corciano, Italy; Freddie Mac, McLean, VA; HPTi, Arlington, VA; Teach Alt Cert Program (CSSS Charter), Washinghton, DC; Teacher Alt Cert Program (AQUE), Washington, DC; Teacher Alt Cert Program (Teach for Amer, Washington, DC; Teacher Alt Certification Program (TOPS), Washington, DC
Other Instructional Sites: Airlie Conference Center, Warrenton, VA; Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington, DC
ACCREDITATION INFORMATION
Status: Member since 1928
Last Reaffirmed: June 26, 2014

Most Recent Commission Action:
June 26, 2014: To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of its self-study report and process. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2019.

Brief History Since Last Comprehensive Evaluation:
November 19, 2009: To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the report and the periodic review process. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.
July 1, 2013: To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at Freddie Mac, 8250 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102 as an additional location and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2013-2014.

Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2023 - 2024

Date Printed: September 29, 2016

DEFINITIONS

Branch Campus - A branch campus is a domestic or international location of an institution that is geographically apart, independent of the primary/main campus. The branch campus is considered independent of the main campus if it is permanent in nature; offers courses in educational programs leading to a degree, certificate, or other recognized educational credential; has its own faculty and administrative or supervisory organization; and has its own budgetary and hiring authority. (34 CFR §600.2)

Additional Location - An additional location is a domestic or international location, other than a branch campus, that is geographically apart from the primary/main campus and at which the institution offers at least 50 percent of the requirements of an educational program. (34 CFR §602.22) ANYA ("Approved but Not Yet Active") indicates that the location is included within the scope of accreditation but has not yet begun to offer courses. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have begun at this location. ANYC ("Approved but Not Yet Closed") indicates that the institution has requested that the location be officially closed through the substantive change process. The location is currently included within the scope of accreditation but the institution will be stopping all operations at this location in the near future. The institution should inform the Commission (via email at sc@msche.org) of the date that operations cease. This designation is removed after the Commission receives notification that courses have stopped at this location and the location is no longer listed on the SAS.

Other Instructional Sites - MSCHE defines an other instructional site as any off-campus site, other than those meeting the definition of a branch campus or an additional location, at which the institution offers one or more courses for credit. Sites designated as an other instructional site do not require substantive change approval. However, substantive change approval is required to reclassify an other instructional site to or from a branch campus or additional location.

Distance Education Programs - Fully Approved, Approved (one program approved) or Not Approved indicates whether or not the institution has been approved to offer diploma/certificate/degree programs via distance education (programs for which students could meet 50% or more of the requirements of the program by taking distance education courses). Per the Commission's Substantive Change policy, Commission approval of the first two Distance Education programs is required to be "Fully Approved." If only one program is approved by the Commission, the specific name of the program will be listed in parentheses after "Approved."

Commission actions are explained in the policy Accreditation Actions.