AUD Retains Unique Accreditation Position

Dallas, US, December 12th, 2012. For the fourth time since opening in 1995, The American University in Dubai (AUD) has received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), one of America's seven regional accrediting bodies. The announcement was made at the largest annual SACSCOC meeting in history, held in Dallas, Texas on December 8-11. The honor represents the culmination of a rigorous two-year process of inspection and evaluation, including a visit to the university in March 2012 by a SACSCOC Reaffirmation Committee - at the conclusion of which the university was found to be in compliance with all 81 standards and all 11 US federal requirements.  

AUD remains the only institution of higher learning outside the US and Latin America to be granted this honor by SACSCOC. Dr. Lance de Masi, AUD President, who attended the SACSCOC meeting in Dallas, commented on the significance of this endorsement: "AUD has always prided itself in providing a genuinely American educational experience. The university's continued accreditation by SACSCOC, according to a process implemented exactly as it would be in the US, serves as testimony to the nature and quality of AUD's educational endeavor. We are pleased to have this accreditation sit beside the licensure and program accreditations granted by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research."

Mr. Elias Bou Saab, AUD Executive Vice President, stated: "AUD is proud of its position within H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's vision for excellence in education for both Dubai and the UAE. This latest achievement adds to Dubai's uniqueness and furthers the UAE's goal of building a higher education sector to world-class standards."  

About AUD:
The American University in Dubai (AUD) is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher learning founded in 1995. It serves UAE nationals and international students who seek world-class career-oriented education. AUD, as an international institution of higher education, encourages global understanding by providing an atmosphere of cultural diversity and opportunities for an international education.

AUD is officially licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates. The Ministry has accredited the university's programs in International Studies, Business Administration (both undergraduate and graduate), Communication and Information Studies, Engineering, Computer and Information Technology, Computer Science, Architecture, Visual Communication and Interior Design, Education (graduate), and Construction Management (graduate), in addition to a Certificate program in Middle Eastern Studies.

AUD is accredited by the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award Bachelor's and Master's degrees.   

AUD is approved to operate by the State of Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC).

AUD has received specialized accreditation for its Bachelor's of Business Administration (B.B.A.), and Master's of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree programs in business through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). The university's undergraduate concentrations in Marketing Communications and Advertising (Creative) have been accredited by the International Advertising Association (IAA) in New York.

The Civil, Computer, and Electrical Engineering Programs of AUD's School of Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Technology (B.S.C.I.T.) program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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American University in Dubai
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© Press Release 2012


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