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) and the International Accreditation Organization (IAO), both are independent 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.
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.