Every 10 years American University conducts a self-study in order to be re-accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education. The self-study covers issues of interest to the university and demonstrates the ways in which A.U. meets the Commission's standards for accreditation (called the Characteristics of Excellence).
In September 2003 AU completed a draft of its self-study. This report was the result of almost two years of discussion among students, faculty and staff. The Steering Committee invited all members of the AU community to offer comments and suggestions on ways in which it could be improved. A PDF version of the report was available on this website and hard copies of the report were available in many places across campus, including all residence halls, Mary Graydon Center, Davenport Lounge, Bender Library, and the Law Library. Several public comment opportunities took place in September 2003. (Information about these meetings were posted in the Eagle and in American Weekly.)
Following the public comment period the report was revised and finalized. In November 2003 the American University Board of Trustees approved the final version of the report. The report is available here in PDF format. If you would like a paper version of this report, please feel free to contact Karen Froslid Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.