Accreditation at the American University of Beirut
The American University of Beirut (AUB) operates under a charter granted by the Education Department of the State of New York, which registers and certifies the University’s curricula, degrees and certificates. AUB degrees are also recognized by the Lebanese government through the equivalence committees of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
As an institution, AUB is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The University was first accredited in June 2004 and then reaccredited in June 2009 in accordance with standard Middle States’ practice. AUB’s next accreditation cycle is in 2018-19.
The accreditation process is a means of peer review and professional self-regulation. It is intended to strengthen and sustain the quality and integrity of a university, faculty, or program, confirming that it is worthy of public confidence. While the process is guided by guidelines and standards set by the accrediting body, the resulting Self-Study document is produced internally and provides the university or academic unit with an invaluable opportunity to analyze how it conducts its affairs and where it can improve its performance.
The pursuit of regional accreditation has become common practice among universities certified to operate in the United States. As one of that country’s six regional accrediting bodies, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education serves Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, as well as New York, the ‘middle state’ where AUB is certified. Institution-wide accreditation is often a prerequisite for the separate accreditation of professional schools and programs by more specialized bodies.
Since the time of AUB’s initial accreditation with Middle States, the Faculty of Health Sciences’ Graduate Public Health program became the first such program to be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) outside of North America. Similarly, the Rafic Hariri School of Nursing became the first nursing school beyond American territories to have BSN and MSN programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In April 2009, undergraduate and graduate programs at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business were accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In July 2010, four undergraduate Engineering programs at AUB’s Faculty of Engineering and Architecture were accredited by ABET Inc. (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). Most recently, in November 2013, the undergraduate Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (NDCP) at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) has received accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which is the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics’ accrediting agency of nutrition education programs.
If you have questions or comments, or wish to request a hard copy of documents describing accreditation, approval, or licensing, please contact the Office of the Provost.
Contact information for AUB accreditors:
MSCHE, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Tel. 267-284-5000
CEPH, 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910-5622
CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Tel. 202-463-6930
AACSB, 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602, Tel. 813-769-6500
ABET, Inc., 111 Market Place, Ste. 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Tel. 410-347-7700
Other important contact information:
Office of College and University Evaluation, New York State Education Department, 5 N. Mazzanine, Albany, NY 12234, Tel. 518-474-2593
Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Equivalence Committee, Habib Abi-Chahla Square, UNESCO, Beirut, Lebanon, Tel. 961-1-789611