Thursday, June 19, 2008

Ave Maria Obtains Full Accreditation from AALE

The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE), a national accreditor of liberal arts colleges,located in Washington, DC, granted accreditation to Ave Maria University(AMU), thus rendering AMU a fully accredited institution of higher education that offers quality baccalaureate degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences.
The announcement was made by AMU Chancellor, Thomas S. Monaghan. "This is a significant day for the University as we receive accreditation from AALE," Monaghan said. "This affirmation of our strong commitment to providing our students with a rigorous and well rounded liberal arts education is another step in our growth as a university. I am grateful to our faculty,staff and administration for their diligence exhibited throughout the accreditation process."
As an AALE accredited institution, AMU is recognized as having institutional integrity and a strong commitment to liberal education. Membership certifies that the university meets or exceeds the Academy's independently established Education Standards which require students to complete demanding core studies in the arts, sciences, and humanities taught by senior as well as junior faculty. AALE's Education Standards provide stakeholders in higher education,including parents and prospective students, with a clear means for identifying curricula with a focused, well-articulated core of languages, history,mathematics, science, literature, philosophy, and other elements of a liberal education.
"We are very proud of the education that we offer at Ave Maria University,and we are pleased that the AALE has recognized the hard work and dedication that has gone into developing this strong academic program," said Ave Maria University President, Nicholas J. Healy. "An Ave Maria degree has always stood for outstanding quality of Catholic liberal arts education. Our graduates are prepared to be among the intellectual leaders of the 21st Century."
"I am personally grateful to the AALE for its efforts and due diligence," Healy continued. "Ave Maria is committed to building a university that will earn a continued reputation for excellent teaching, cutting-edge research, and joyful fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church."
Since its establishment in 1998 in Michigan, AMU has progressively developed a well-rounded liberal arts education program offering majors in Biology, Classics & Early Christian Literature, Economics, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Sacred Music and Theology.