The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) accreditation process and guiding policies and procedures are based on recognized and accepted practices utilized by educational accrediting organizations nationwide. The AALE Standards are the basis of the accreditation review process.

The primary parts of the accreditation process are:

Part I. Eligibility review. Application for eligibility is completed and submitted with supporting documents. 

A. AALE staff checks the documents to ensure that the applicant can be reviewed for accreditation under the AALE Standards.

Part II. Application for accreditation. Formal application for accreditation is submitted.

A. Self-study. Applicant completes a comprehensive narrative self-study with full supporting documentation explaining how it meets each of the AALE Standards.

B. Site Visit. Applicant accepts a site evaluation visit conducted by a team of AALE trained site visitors. The site visit includes class visits, interviews with administration, faculty, students and a tour of facilities to verify contents of the self-study.

C. Site Visit Report. Applicant receives a copy of the site evaluation visit report and submits a formal response to the report.

Part III. Accreditation decision. Application is forwarded to the Council of Scholars for recommendation and then presented to the Board of Trustees for final decision.

Enter here for information on applying for U.S Program accreditation

Enter here for information on applying for International Program accreditation 

Enter here for information on applying for PreK-12 School accreditation



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