Statement of Accreditation Status

Athabasca University

  • CEO: Prof. Peter Scott, President
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer: Ms. Helen Mayes
  • Commission Staff Liaison: Dr. Robert Bonfiglio, Vice President
  • Carnegie Classification: Not classified
  • Control: Public
  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Non-Compliance Warning
  • Candidacy Granted: 2002
  • Accreditation Granted: 2005
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2020-2021

Contact Information

1 University Drive Athabasca, Alberta, T9S 3A3
Canada

(780) 675-6100

www.athabascau.ca

  • November 17, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence the institution is currently in compliance with Standard V (Educational Effectiveness Assessment) and Requirements of Affiliation 8 and 10. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in non-compliance. To request a monitoring report due July 5, 2023, demonstrating evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard V and Requirements of Affiliation 8 and 10 including but not limited to: (1) assessment of student learning and achievement and demonstrate that students have accomplished educational goals consistent with their programs of study (Standard V and Requirement of Affiliation 8); and (2) documentation that its student learning programs are characterized by coherence and appropriate assessment of student achievement throughout its educational offerings, at both institutional and program levels, with evidence that faculty and appropriate institutional stakeholders have considered and used assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard V and Requirement of Affiliation 10). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. To note the visit may also fulfill the verification requirements of the USDE guidelines. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029.
  • June 24, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with the United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To postpone a decision and request a supplemental information report, due December 1, 2021 documenting further evidence that its student learning programs are characterized by coherence and appropriate assessment of student achievement throughout its educational offerings, at both institutional and program levels, with evidence that faculty and appropriate institutional stakeholders have considered and used assessment results to improve teaching and learning (Standard V; Requirements of Affiliation 8 and 10). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the supplemental information report. To note the visit will also fulfill the verification requirements of the USDE guidelines. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2028-2029.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report.  The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2020-2021.
  • November 16, 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 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report due September 1, 2018 demonstrating sustainability of (1) institutional and program level educational goals that are interrelated with one another, with relevant educational experiences and with the institution's mission, (2) organized and systematic assessment which evaluate the extent of student achievement of institutional and program level goals, and (3) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of assessment processes utilized by the institution for the improvement of educational effectiveness (Standard V). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2021-2022.
  • November 16, 2017
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative.
  • July 5, 2017
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its additional location at the Center for Innovative Management, 301 Grandin Park Place, Sir Winston Churchill Avenue, St. Albert Canada. The Commission requires notification within thirty days of the closure of this additional location. To remind the institution of the Commission's action of November 17, 2016 to warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that it is currently in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To remind the institution of the monitoring report due September 1, 2017. To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning.
  • April 3, 2017
    To rescind the substantive change action of April 27, 2015. To note the institution's decision to not operate the Calgary Location at 345 6th Avenue, Calgary, Alberta, Canada as an additional location.
  • November 17, 2016
    To accept the Periodic Review Report. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 7 (Institutional Assessment) and Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due September 1, 2017, documenting that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standards 7 and 14 including but not limited to evidence of (1) a documented, organized, and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve the total range of programs and services and the use of assessment results to inform planning and resource allocation (Standard 7); and (2) a documented, organized, and sustained program-level assessment process, including the use of direct measures, with evidence that results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standard 14). To request that the monitoring report also document further steps taken to improve the institution's short- and long-term financial viability and the institution's sustainability (Standard 3). To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. A small team visit will follow submission of the monitoring report. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the institution will return to its established evaluation schedule.
  • April 27, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at 345 6th Avenue, Calgary, Alberta, Canada provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the commencement of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • July 1, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the additional location at Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3E 6K6 as an instructional site and to include the change within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • March 3, 2011
    To reaffirm accreditation. To request a monitoring report, due by October 1, 2012, documenting the implementation of (1) updated and integrated information and decision-making systems that can appropriately support the work of the administration (Standard 5); (2) direct measures that augment the use of survey data as components of a comprehensive, organized and sustainable institutional and unit-level assessment process, including evidence that assessment results are systematically used in budgeting, planning, decision-making and resource allocation (Standard 7); (3) appropriate orientation, training and support for faculty and tutors participating in the electronic delivery of course offerings to ensure best practices in pedagogy and curricular development (Standard 13); and (4) an organized and sustainable process, using direct and objective measures, to assess the achievement of student learning goals in all programs, including general education, with evidence that assessment results are used to improve teaching and learning (Standards 12 and 14). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2016.
  • Distance Education
    Approved to offer programs by 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:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope
  • Other Instructional Site
    AU Athabasca Central
    1 University Drive
    Athabasca, Canada
  • Other Instructional Site
    AU Calgary
    345 6th Avenue
    Calgary, Canada
  • Other Instructional Site
    AU North Edmonton
    #201-13220 St. Albert Trail
    Edmonton, Canada

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