American University of Beirut

 Areas for Improvement


​Overall Area for Improvement
Develop a strategy for effective communication among the different AUB constituencies, especially for the promotion of transparency, and for the purposes of disseminating and increasing awareness of institutional values and of the university strategic plan and its related initiatives​.
​Standard I: Mission and GoalsDevelop systematic and sustainable mechanisms and guidelines for triggering a review of the mission statement and/or the development of strategic plans.

H​ave more explicit and well-defined initiatives through which the university can illustrate​ how the aspects of the mission related to the development of personal integrity, lifelong learning, and commitment to freedom of thought and expression will be achieved.
​Standard II: Ethics and Integrity
​Create sustainable and well-defined systems by which ethics and integrity are improved
on a continuous basis. In part, this will require forming an ethics and integrity office for
monitoring adherence to institutional policies and procedures. Also, it will require hiring an
ombudsperson to support compliance through training and awareness activities.​
​Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience
​Assess the sustainability of some graduate master programs, vis-à-vis their relevance,
cost of operation and financial sustainability, taking into account their need for achieving
the mission of the institution. Also, evaluate and try to reduce time to degree for graduate

Initiate a process for assessing the reasons behind attrition and hence low graduation rate
of freshman students.
​Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience
​Continue improving the current advising system by transforming it into a comprehensive,
fully-integrated advising system that clarifies what is expected from all stakeholders
(advisers, students, the Office of the Registrar, individual faculties/schools and the Office
of Student Affairs), prepares and motivates academic advisers, and includes periodic
assessment of the academic advising process and of advisers’ performance.

Expand the athletic program at AUB by strengthening its athletic scholarships program. 
​Standard V: Educational Effectiveness Assessment
​​Establish a well-defined mechanism for the integration and continuous improvement of the
institution’s educational assessment processes.

Make assessment of the Program Learning Outcomes of graduate programs mandatory, and
review all existing PLOs for their alignment with program and university missions. ​
​Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement
​Link assessment of KPIs of the academic and administrative units to the strategic plan of the university including the assessment of resources. Ensure that ASP is published as a reference document on AUB website.​
​Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration
​Develop guidelines for the assessment of members of the university administration,
including senior administrators, deans, chairs/conveners of academic units, and directors
of centers and institutes, and articulate clearly the link between this assessment and the
strategic goals of AUB.

Enhance the culture of accountability across the university and engage in a sustainable
and effective compliance program that includes a regular enforcement and revision of
policies and procedures coupled with awareness sessions, and training activities.

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