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Anglo-American University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001.
The accreditation was granted in June 2016 for a period of six years, through 2022, with a mid-cycle review scheduled for Spring 2019. The accreditation is an affirmation that Anglo-American University is found to be at a sufficient level of compliance with WSCUC's 2013 Standards of Accreditation, and that it has satisfactorily addressed the core commitments to Student Learning and Success, Quality and Improvement, and Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability.
The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is an American accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education, which evaluates public and private senior colleges and universities in the western part of the United States. AAU is one of only a few universities globally and the only institution in Europe to have received this prestigious accreditation. Learn more about WASC and its activities in the section What is WASC below.
WASC Accreditation at AAU
Our accreditation is a result of a thorough process which began in 2011 after the WASC team had visited AAU to evaluate the Chapman University MBA program. In 2012, AAU was granted eligibility status allowing the University to proceed with the application for Candidacy. In February 2015, AAU received Candidacy after two visits by WASC review teams: the Capacity and Preparatory Review visit in August 2013 and Educational Effectiveness Review visit in September 2014.
For AAU to receive Initial Accreditation, the WSCUC Review Team conducted Seeking Accreditation Visit 3 in March 2016. The findings of the Review Team are presented in a Team Report. The Commission reviewed the Report together with other materials, and on June 23rd and 24th they conducted a panel review with AAU representatives and decided to grant AAU Initial Accreditation. The decision was communicated in the official Commission Action Letter. These materials are also available on the WSCUC website.
What does WSCUC mean for AAU students?
AAU degrees are now accredited not only by the Czech Ministry of Education, ensuring their validity in the EU, but also by a US accreditation agency, ensuring their compatibility with US educational standards and hence simplifying the transferability of credits and recognition of AAU diplomas in the USA.
WSCUC accreditation is an affirmation that AAU is an institution of quality as the accreditation agency evaluates all aspects of the university's operations, including the quality of its academic programs and institutional structures, processes, and resources.
WSCUC is not granted retroactively, hence only students graduating after June 2016 will receive diplomas with both Czech and WSCUC accreditation. However, all alumni should be proud that they have graduated from a university that has obtained such accreditation.
What is WASC?
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), formed in 1962, is one of six official regional accrediting associations in the United States. The subjects of accreditation are public and private universities, colleges, and secondary and elementary schools in the Western and Pacific regions of the United States. AAU is accredited by WSCUC (WASC Senior College and University Commission) which became a separate legal entity in 2013.
WSCUC accredits nearly 200 universities, including prestigious universities such as Chapman University, the University of California Berkeley, Stanford University, the California Institute of Technology, the University of California Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California. WSCUC accreditation can also be received by foreign institutions; there are 12 universities globally that WSCUC works with.
WASC is periodically reviewed by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to ensure its function in aiding institutions to provide high standards of quality and effectiveness in the academic community. The accreditation process which is taken up by institutions voluntarily is based on peer review according to standards agreed to by membership. Continuous institutional improvement is encouraged, and mission fulfillment in service to both students and the public is monitored in order to provide increasing value to institutions.
Undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Anglo-American University are accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is awarded by Chapman University, California, United States. Chapman University carries WSCUC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission) institutional accreditation. The MBA program also carries AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), a top professional accreditation available for MBA programs.
AAU´s John H. Carey II School of Law has been granted Registered Centre status within the University of London's Teaching Institution Recognition Framework. The progression to Registered Centre status is a formal recognition of the integrity of the institution and the quality of instruction offered at AAU. With Registered Centre status AAU is now able to verify documents for those students interested in applying to either of the University of London laws programs.