Athasbasca University is an online university with authority to grant degrees.
Athabasca University is a publicly funded institution of the Province of Alberta that reports to the government through the Minister of Learning. Through the Universities Act, the government authorizes Athabasca University Governing Council to grant degrees and govern its own affairs. Members of Athabasca University Governing Council are appointed under orders in council of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
Accreditation in the United States
In June 2002 the University was awarded candidacy status for US accreditation by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. More details are available.
Total number of students:
24,136 in the 2001-02 academic year, which represented a growth of 76% in five years. Growth has continued since then, and the University anticipates serving approximately 26,000 students in the current (2002-2003) academic year.
Total Course Registrations:
45,262 in 2001-2002. To get an approximate "full load equivalent" (FLE) - the nominal annual workload of a full-time student - the number of course registrations can be divided by ten.
Degrees given, 2001-2002:
1206 credentials, up from 668 in 1998-99.