Standards Review

NOTICE: The AALE Board of Trustees addressed the systematic review of the AALE Program Standards at the February 16, 2021 Board meeting. The Board agreed with the recommendation of the Council of Scholars, “that no revisions should be made to the AALE Program Standards at this time and that 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 completes the 2020-21 systematic review of the AALE Program Standards.

NOTICE: 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 public comment through January 15, 2021. Comments may be sent to aaleinfo@aale.org  subject line: Systematic Review 2020-21. 

NOTICE: The AALE Board of Trustees has opened a systematic review of the AALE Program Standards. A 30-day period for public commentary will begin on December 14, 2020. For further information see: AALE Standards review 2020-21


The American Academy for Liberal Education (AALE) reviews its Standards for accreditation on a regular cycle to ensure that they remain current and provide a consistent basis for evaluating and supporting the educational quality of liberal arts programming. The following activities contribute to the standards review process:

  • bi-annual review by the AALE Board of Trustees of comments received from members and site visitors pertaining to current standards;
  • systematic review of standards every five years conducted by the Council of Scholars and including survey of members and interested third parties with results presented to the AALE Board of Trustees for review.

Proposed revisions to standards are posted for public comment before final approval by the AALE Board of Trustees.

The American Academy for Liberal Education welcomes comments on its Standards. Comments should be submitted in writing to the national office at aaleadmin@aale.org.