While National Accreditation is common for traditional U.S. institutions of higher learning, utilizing standard teaching methods, we note that every country has its own standards and independent accrediting organizations. Accreditation is a voluntary process and does not guarantee a worthy education. Rather, it means an institution has submitted its courses, programs, budget, and educational objectives for review. AIU's Distance Learning Programs are unique, non-traditional and not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. This may be a determining factor for those individuals interested in pursuing certain disciplines requiring State licensing, (such as law, teaching, or medicine). It is recommended that you consider the importance of National Accreditation for your specific field or profession and make your decision accordingly.
Although Atlantic International University's individualized Distance Learning Degree Programs, are distinct from traditional educational institutions, we are convinced of their value and acceptance worldwide. Non-traditional programs are important because they recognize knowledge gained outside the classroom and incorporate a broader more comprehensive view of the learning experience. It is precisely this recognition and view that challenges the established Academic Community. For example, AIU programs allow for a unique personalized program of study by permitting the student to follow an open curriculum where the topics and courses taken are not pre-defined but collaboratively determined by the student and faculty at the beginning of the program (Phase 1) to best align the student’s desires, interests, industry specific needs, local/regional opportunities, employment goals, and past knowledge into their program. In this way we can ensure that the content followed by each student is focused, up to date, and addresses real world concerns that will pay dividends immediately and after graduation in the student’s profession. By incorporating andragogic (self-directed) principles of learning the AIU student uses the tools and resources available at the university while seeking to act upon real world tasks, projects, assignments, that have real substance and meaning not just theoretical, to earn credits and complete academic requirements. Such an approach leads to an improved holistic development of the individual with deeper learning and greater confidence to take on the challenges that are common place in today’s fast paced, global, and constantly changing environment. Therefore, for the benefit of our students, AIU has decided to be an autonomous university complying with all local and federal regulations in the US where accreditation is a voluntary process. Atlantic International University
has avoided seeking accreditation by a recognized agency by the US Dept. of Education because that process is obsolete and would be in conflict with the University´s Mission to offer affordable, quality higher education to the non-traditional student (one who must work, study what he really needs for professional advancement, attend family issues, etc.). We also believe that adoption of these agencies criteria would impose increased financial burdens on students while severely limiting opportunities to the students to get their degree and advance in all aspects. Many great institutions are unaccredited. We invite you to compare our programs and philosophy with traditional classroom-based programs to determine which is best suited to your needs and budget.
AIU has chosen private accreditation through the Accrediting Commission International (ACI) which is an independent agency and not regulated or approved by the US Department of Education.ATLANTIC INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. Note: In the United States, many licensing authorities require accredited degrees as the basis for eligibility for licensing. In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept for transfer courses and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment. If a student outside the US wishes to carry out a particular procedure within a country’s Department of Education regarding their degree earned at AIU, such procedures are to be carried out independently by the student. AIU respects the unique rules and regulations of each country and does not intervene or influence the respective authorities. We recommend prospective students who intend to carry out such procedures outside the US to verify in detail the steps and requirements needed in order to be fully informed.
AIU is incorporated in the state of Hawaii. As a University based in the US, AIU meets all state and federal laws of the United States. There is no distinction between the programs offered through AIU and those of traditional campus based programs with regards to the following: your degree, transcript and other graduation documents from AIU follow the same standard used by all US colleges and universities. AIU graduation documents can include an apostille and authentication from the US Department of State to facilitate their use internationally. To see some of our graduates’ opinion of their studies with us, see: Video Interviews and Testimonials.