Although OIRA has always played a role in institutional accreditation, providing required annual reports and supporting institutional self-study efforts, responsibilities in these areas have expanded significantly in recent years. In 1995-1996, OIRA provided a co-chair for the NCAA certification effort. In 1996-97, OIRA assumed a leadership role in developing the required follow-up report and managed a campus visit for the Middle States Association's Commission on Higher Education. In 1997-98 OIRA facilitated the required accreditation/affiliation process of the United Methodist Church's University Senate.
OIRA also works with schools/colleges and departments which are undergoing disciplinary accreditation, providing data and information as required. OIRA had major responsibilities for the Middle State's reaccreditation that occurred in 2004, and a leadership role in the 2009 Periodic Review Report. OIRA also assists many academic units in their accreditation reporting.
American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Here are a few documents related to our accreditation:
- AU's accreditation letter
- The 2009-2010 Annual Institutional Profile
- "Early Planning, the Campus Environment and Self-Study Design," presentation before the 2005 Middle States Self-Study Institute.
In addition, you can access AU's Middle States Self-Study website.