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U of A: Points of Distinction

  • The University of Atlanta is accredited with Premier status by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC). ASIC is recognized by the United Kingdom Department for Education and Skills (DfES), the United Kingdom Department for Universities, Innovation and Skills (DUIS), the United Kingdom Border and Immigration Agency (Home Office), the United Kingdom Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), and the United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). ASIC is a member of Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) International Quality Group (CIQG).
  • One of few American Universities granted membership in the European Association for Distance Learning (EADL).
  • Qualified and listed by DANTES, the official organization which oversees Military Funding for higher education (applicable to eligible US servicemen in conformity with the regulations established by each branch of the US Military).
  • A member of the Council on College and Military Education (CCME).
  • Listed by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). [Note: U of A has been entered into UNESCO's database of approved Universities and has appeared in its official 2009 Directory. As noted on the organizational website, "UNESCO is the only United Nations body with a mandate in Higher Education."]
  • Distinguished nationally and internationally for its first-rate degree offerings, rigorous curriculum and compelling areas of specialization at both the Undergraduate and Graduate levels. [Note: Every program has been scrupulously reviewed, course by course, by acclaimed field authorities identified and selected by the institution's accrediting body and by other external agencies. The outcome of these systematic assessments is telling: all programs, without exception, earned the ranking of 5/5 = Excellent (the highest of five possible scores and a ranking infrequently issued) in each of fifteen categories of assessment and by each of the three to five expert assessors in each field. Unanimity.]
  • Every course, in addition to focused content, underscores (a) enhanced communicative competence; (b) honed critical thinking skills; and (c) significant development of global awareness and understanding.
  • Distinguished faculty: internationally-recruited. No less noteworthy, every approved or appointed faculty member has a record of markedly successful online and traditional teaching experience; a scholarly / professional agenda of merit; and a salient, unwavering commitment to student success.
  • A high-profile administration (many members of whom are internationally acclaimed scholar-teacher-leaders) oversees and ensures the quality of all programs.
  • Structurally organized into seven schools (or colleges) within which discipline-relevant programs are offered and overseen by both senior field authorities and specialized members of the National Advisory Council: the School of Business Administration and Managerial Science; the School of Computer and Information Science; the School of Criminal Justice and Law; the School of Educational Leadership; the School of Health Science and Healthcare Administration; the School of Human Resource Management; and the School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Strong student support services that enhance the 24/7 learning environment available to students, thus fostering learning and maximizing academic success.
  • A first-rate, proprietary Learn Center (and Learning Platform), which is unique in that it boasts sophisticated features, technical options and learning resources while remaining most user-friendly.
  • A self-paced model, which permits those who need extra time that leeway, while, simultaneously, allowing those who wish to move more rapidly through their courses the option to do so.
  • The University has established a recognized online journal: Virtualities: International Review of Distance Learning (sanctioned by the Library of Congress: ISSN # 1941-7373). Inaugural volume to appear Fall 2009. Call for papers appears on numerous websites and is eliciting much positive attention and interest on the part of both prospective contributors and eager readers.
  • The University Trustee engaged in development of international online consortium. While in its early stages, this outreach movement has already proven effective and has yielded both interest and attention. As the initiative develops, reports will appear on the University's website.
  • The University participated in the October 2008 GETEX Exhibition, held at the Knowledge Center in Dubai, UAE. A very successful event and, a vital opportunity to interact on a face-to-face basis with prospective students, current students, educators, associates and the business community in the UAE and with many attending from neighboring countries.
  • A notably well informed team of Admissions Officers is prepared, able and eager to assist prospective students through the entire enrollment process: from initial inquiry through formal admission to official student status. A valuable asset to students.
  • Is constructed such that by its diversity and cross-national emphasis, it has become an enriched, value-added repository for expanded learning, wherein internationalization and cross-cultural exchange flourish.
  • Prides itself on its modes of difference, by which it stands apart: distinctive in quality, devoted to the individual learner, contemporary in content and presentation, attuned to the issues of the day and to the needs of prospective students world-wide, seeking always to set each program participant on an intellectual journey into the future, yet committed unrelentingly to the core values that have always underpinned, and continue to underpin, the fundamentals of higher education.