The mission of the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) is to promote excellence in liberal education by providing recognition of schools and programs that maintain the highest standards of liberal arts learning. AALE achieves its mission by articulating standards designed to support excellence in liberal arts learning and teaching, offering rigorous peer-review accreditation, and fostering dialogue on the ends and means of quality liberal arts education.
AALE recognizes that
as a result of COVID-19, accredited member schools and programs have
been required to close their facilities in response to mandated
closure orders issued by state and national authority. Any
operations allowed on-site have been severely limited by national CDC
guidelines. Faced with these extraordinary challenges, many member
schools and programs have continued to serve their students by
delivering classroom instruction on-line.
AALE’s policy regarding on-line instruction falls under Standard 3. Curriculum, and states the following:
AALE PK-12 School Standards
Standard 3. Curriculum
3.g The school maintains a policy on the use of off-site or distance education classes that meet graduation requirements that is consistent with its learning objectives.
AALE Program Standards (post-secondary)
Standard 3. Curriculum
3.g The program maintains a policy on the use of distance education and correspondence education courses to meet program requirements that is consistent with its learning objectives and meets all requirements of the institution’s policy on distance education and correspondence education at which the program is offered.
to use on-line technology to provide instruction and to facilitate
opportunities for student learning during COVID-19 conditions has
been granted by state authorizers of PK-12 education to schools on a
and by the US Department of Education for institutions of higher
learning. AALE acknowledges this permission, and is not requiring a
school or program to file a substantive change report to previous
policy submitted for review under Standard 3, assuming that the
changes made were temporary
and enacted solely
address continuation of instruction during a COVID-19 mandated
will be requiring all accredited member schools and programs to
submit, a) narrative summary describing measures taken to continue
instruction during COVID-19 closure that began on or after March 1,
2020, and b) any plans designed to accommodate future mandated
closure for any period of time during the academic year 2020-2021.