Statement of Accreditation Status

Richmond, The American International University In London

  • CEO: Mr. Phil Deans, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Mrs. Malulie Tongprasaert
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Not classified
  • Control: Private (Non-Profit)
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1981
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2024-2025
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2021

Contact Information

Queens Road Richmond, Surrey TW10 6JP
United Kingdom

(004) 420-8332

www.richmond.ac.uk

  • The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years.
  • February 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the relocation of the main campus to Ground Floor and Part of First Floor, Building 12, Chiswick Park, W4 5AN within the institution's scope of accreditation. To direct a substantive change site visit as soon as practicable but no later than six months after the commencement of instruction at the new main campus. To require immediate notification when the change is implemented. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind approval of this substantive change if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision and/or the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • December 2, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan. To approve the teach-out plan.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report, due September 1, 2021, providing further evidence of adequate fiscal and human resources, including physical and technical infrastructure, to support operations (Standard VI). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • November 19, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that the report provided limited responses to requested information and did not present evidence and analysis in a manner conducive to Commission review. To request a supplemental information report due January 4, 2021, addressing (1) adequate and appropriate review and approval of student support services designed, delivered, or assessed by third-party vendors (Standard IV); (2) enrollment management planning linked to budget development (Standard VI); (3) current and future compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 11 and Standard VI, including further explanation and a copy of the finance agreement referenced in the narrative of the supplemental information report submitted August 1, 2020; and (4) a legally constituted governing body that has sufficient independence and expertise and is responsible and accountable for the academic quality, planning and fiscal well-being of the institution (Standard VII). To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • November 19, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the teach-out plan. To reject the teach-out plan because the orderly exit plan does not meet the criteria delineated in the Teach-Out Plans and Agreements Policy and Procedures. To require resubmission of a comprehensive, implementable teach-out plan (Teach-Out Plans and Agreements Policy and Procedures) due January 4, 2021. In accordance with Commission policy and federal regulations, the teach-out plan must provide for the equitable treatment of students to complete their education, if the Commission were to withdraw accreditation, and include any teach-out agreements that the institution has entered into or intends to enter into with another institution, with signed copies of teach-out agreements, including any documentation supporting the agreements.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report due August 1, 2020, documenting further clarification of the institution's membership status. To further request that the institution complete and submit for approval, by August 1, 2020, a comprehensive, implementable teach-out plan (Teach-Out Plans and Agreements Policy and Procedures). In accordance with Commission policy and procedures and federal regulations, the teach-out plan must provide for the equitable treatment of students to complete their education and include any teach-out agreements that the institution has entered into or intends to enter into with another institution. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • May 7, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission's request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published April 3, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. The institution is responsible for adhering to all applicable regulations of the country in which the institution and its students are located. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • January 16, 2020
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due February 18, 2020, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement, Requirement of Affiliation 11, and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the progress report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2018, further documenting an organized, systematic, and sustained assessment process that demonstrates the achievement of student learning outcomes in all academic programs, including the Liberal Arts Core, uses multiple measures of sufficient quality to provide direct evidence of student achievement, and uses assessment results to improve teaching and learning and inform institutional effectiveness (Standard 14). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • November 17, 2016
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of June 23, 2016, warning the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To remind the institution of the monitoring report due March 1, 2017. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the institution will return to its established evaluation schedule.
  • June 23, 2016
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2017, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 14, including but not limited to, documentation of an organized, systematic, and sustained assessment process that demonstrates the achievement of student learning outcomes in all academic programs, including the Liberal Arts Core, uses multiple measures of sufficient quality to provide direct evidence of student achievement, and uses assessment results to improve teaching and learning and inform institutional effectiveness (Standard 14). To note the institution's responsibility to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to the partnership with Open University. A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss Commission expectations. The date of the next accreditation review will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • June 26, 2014
    To accept the monitoring report. To request that the self-study, in preparation for the evaluation visit, document (1) continued implementation of a comprehensive institutional strategic plan that includes clearly stated institution and unit-level goals and objectives that are stated in terms of outcomes, linked to mission, and used for planning and resource allocation (Standard 2); and (2) implementation of enrollment management strategies to improve student retention (Standard 8). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • June 28, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to include the location at Leeds Metropolitan University, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Campus, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3QS, United Kingdom within the scope of the institution's accreditation.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report and note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the probation status because the institution is now in compliance with Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a Monitoring Report, due March 1, 2014, documenting the implementation of the Strategic Plan 2012-2017, including evidence of (1) a clear set of measurable outcomes with intermediate benchmarks and companion strategies designed to meet the strategic priorities set forth by the institution (Standard 2), and (2) sustained implementation of the institution's revised recruitment and retention strategies (Standard 8). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • Distance Education
    Not approved for this delivery method
  • Correspondence Education
    Not approved for this delivery method

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Additional Location
    Kensington Campus
    London, United Kingdom
  • Additional Location
    Leeds Metropolitan University, Carnegie Hall
    Carnegie Campus Headlington Leeds LS6 3QS
    United Kingdom
    Opened: 08/30/2011

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