December 14, 2020. Council of Scholars recommendation on revision of AALE Program Standards
The AALE Council of Scholars completed a review of comments on the AALE Program Standards received from post-secondary accredited members and site visitors who participated in site evaluation reviews within the previous five (5) years and concluded that no revisions should be made to the AALE Program Standards at this time. All comments received will be placed on file for use in future discussions which may require examining AALE Program Standards in light of addressing institutional accreditation requirements. This decision is open to comment from accredited programmatic college and university members through January 15, 2021. Comments may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: Systematic Review 2020-21.
October 14, 2020. Systematic review of AALE Program Standards
The AALE Board of Trustees has opened a systematic review of the AALE Program Standards. All institutional and programmatic college and university members are provided with an opportunity to participate in the review process. For further information see: AALE Standards review 2020-21
October 14, 2020. Temporary Site Visit Policy for 2020-21 extended
The AALE Board of Trustees has extended the temporary site visit policy through December 31, 2021.
August 1, 2020. Temporary Site Visit Policy for 2020-21
In light of the COVID-19 interruption to the delivery of on-site education and corresponding educational practices in and outside of the US, the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) has adopted a temporary policy pertaining to site visits for initial accreditation and renewal of accreditation and required interim site-visits.
Effective August 1, 2020 AALE will allow for virtual site visits to occur for all site visits scheduled through December 31, 2020.
Effective January 1, 2021 through August 31, 2021 virtual site visits will be allowed on a case-by-case basis. The AALE Executive Committee will review the operating conditions at the institution where the site visit is to be conducted and available travel/lodging conditions to and near the institution to determine if the health safety of the site visitors can be ensured to the reasonable satisfaction of the full Executive Committee. If the Executive Committee concludes that operating conditions at the institution and/or available travel/lodging conditions to and near the institution place the health safety of site visitors at risk, a virtual site visit will be allowed.
Virtual site visits will be interactive, and can include conference phone calls and video sessions. Simple exchange of document reviews or emails will not constitute a virtual site visit.
Then within a reasonable amount of time after a virtual site visit, an on-site visit will be required to review facilities. The follow-up on-site visit may be conducted by one (1) site visitor chosen by the site visit team.
Actions taken by the Executive Committee under the Temporary Extension of Accreditation Policy for 2020-21 are final and are not subject to the appeals process outlined in the AALE Policies and Procedures Handbook.
August 1, 2020. Temporary Extension of Accreditation Policy for 2020-21
In light of the COVID-19 interruption to the delivery of on-site education and corresponding educational practices in and outside of the US, the American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) has adopted the following policy pertaining to extension of accreditation.
Effective August 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021 the Executive Director can bring a request for extension of accreditation for administrative good cause due to unusual circumstances directly to the Board of Trustees. The review and vote by the full Board can be conducted electronically outside of a regularly scheduled Board decision-making session.
Actions taken by the Board of Trustees under the Temporary Extension of Accreditation Policy for 2020-21 are final and are not subject to the appeals process outlined in the AALE Policies and Procedures Handbook.
June 10, 2020. Annual Reporting Forms
All accredited members are required to submit a completed Annual Reporting Form for academic year 2019-2020 by October 1, 2020.
February 19, 2020. Nominations
The Nominating Committee actively seeks recommendations for nominations for AALE Board of Trustee members and AALE Council of Scholars members. These recommendations must reach the Nominating Committee by the specified date listed each year on the Board Calendar page. Recommendations may be sent to the attention of the Nominating Committee at email@example.com.