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American InterContinental University

AIU logo
Established 1970
Type Private, for profit
Chancellor George P. Miller
President Stephen J. Tober (CEO)
Students 27,043
Undergraduates 24,466
Postgraduates 2,577
Location United States Atlanta, Georgia, US
Campus Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, South Florida, London, Online
Website American Intercontinental University

American InterContinental University, commonly called AIU, is an international for-profit university owned by Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO). It was founded in 1970 in Europe.

AIU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association to award Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees.

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History

American InterContinental University (AIU) was founded in 1970, named American College of Applied Arts

The institution first received SACS accreditation in 1987. Steve Bostic bought the school in 1996 and changed its name to American InterContinental University. In 2001, AIU is sold to Career Education Corporation, a publicly traded operator of for-profit schools that had been established in 1994. In 2009, AIU changed its accreditation from SACS to NCA.[1]

Campuses

An American InterContinental University facility in Westchase, Houston, Texas, United States.

AIU has seven campuses in the United States and other countries.[1]

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United States

UK

  • London, England [6]

Online campus

The online program started in 2001 but was recognized as a separate campus in 2002 [7] The online campus offices are located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago).

Accreditation

American InterContinental University was accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools from 1987 to 2009. From 2009, American InterContinental University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Academics

AIU offers Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees in various fields

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Healthcare Management
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Visual Communication

Controversy

Controversies related to CEC

AIU's parent company has grown rapidly and had become increasingly controversial. CEC has been investigated by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional allegations specific to AIU include reports that the school misrepresented its programs and classes, made a practice of admitting students who had not graduated from high school, and included in its enrollment numbers students who had never attended class.[1]

One of its most outspoken critics of AIU and CEC has been founder Steve Bostic, who concluded that "CECO's Board has allowed management to lose sight of the Company's primary mission of providing quality education services; under these directors, CECO management has sacrificed the quality of student programs, resulting in the severe escalation of student attrition - all for the sake of a 'top-line growth strategy' that cannot be sustained."[2]

On June 21, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education put a freeze on approving CEC's new applications for additional campuses or acquisitions while it examined the company's financial records and compliance with federal student aid regulations.[3] According to a CEC press release, that restriction was lifted in January 2007.[4]

SACS probation and accreditation status

SACS placed the university on probation in December 2005.[5] In 2006, SACS renewed AIU's probation for continued failure to comply with a number of their Principles of Accreditation regarding integrity, faculty, programs, and governance.[6] On December 11, 2007, CEC announced that SACS has removed AIU's probation and that the university's accreditation remains in good standing.[5]

NCA-HLC Accreditation and OIG Report

On May 15, 2009, AIU received initial approval for accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools-The Higher Learning Commission (NCA-HLC)[7] and is no longer listed as an accredited institution by SACS.

The US Department of Education, Office of Inspector General questioned the Higher Learning Commission's decision to approve accreditation of American InterContinental University based on the examination of the commission's standards for measuring credit hours and program length. The report stated, "This action by HLC is not in the best interest of students, and calls into question whether the accrediting decisions made by HLC should be relied upon by the Department of Education when assisting students to obtain quality education through the Title IV programs." [8]

QAA audit

In June 2008, The Quality Assurance Agency closed an audit [9] (published in May on 2005 and based on an examination of the London Campus in 2004). This report had noted that at the date of the Agency’s review in 2004, there were "fundamental concerns regarding the academic standards being achieved."[9] Following successful efforts on the London campus to remedy deficiencies, the QAA noted that, "Since the audit QAA has been provided with information that indicates that appropriate action has been taken by the American InterContinental University in response to the findings of this report. As a result the audit was signed off in June 2008."[9]

Campus closing

On February 18, 2008, American InterContinental University announced plans to gradually close down its Los Angeles campus. The campus will employ a gradual teach-out process, allowing current students the opportunity to complete their programs. The campus will no longer enroll new students. Nonetheless, said Dr. George Miller, former CEO of American InterContinental University, “the impact of a two-year probation, coupled with the current market for AIU’s programs in Los Angeles, is such that the student population at the campus has decreased significantly, and likely will not reach the sustainable level necessary to support the addition of new programs and necessary resources.”[10]

Enrollment policies

AIU had come under scrutiny for its student recruiting practices. AIU is an open-enrollment institution, where nearly everyone who applies is admitted. AIU argues that these open standards help create educational opportunities for low-income and minority students who might not otherwise be able to attend college. Others, including current and former AIU employees, have countered that enrolling students who lack adequate preparation and qualification does not actually help them. One anonymous professor stated: "If you can breathe and walk, you can get into the school."[3] In July 2008, a lawsuit was filed by several former employees regarding admissions practices that allegedly defrauded federal grant and loan programs.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c The student trap: As American InterContinental University fights to keep its accreditation, students on the Buckhead campus wonder if they've received the education they paid for, by Alyssa Abkowitz, Creative Loafing Atlanta, July 11, 2007.
  2. ^ Steve Bostic Sends Letter to Career Education Corporation Stockolders, PR Wired, May 6, 2005
  3. ^ a b Promises and Profits - A For Profit College Is Under Investigation For Pumping Up Enrollment While Skimping On Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 13, 2006, by Stephen Burd; republished in SEC filing by Steve Bostic
  4. ^ U.S. Department of Education lifts growth restrictions, Career College News, January 30, 2007
  5. ^ a b American InterContinental University Announces Positive Result in Accreditation Review
  6. ^ Southwest Accreditation Report in Self-Study Questionnaire
  7. ^ http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=91&Itemid=190 NCA-HLC Actions Taken by the Institutional Actions Council, May 11, 2009
  8. ^ "Inspector General Warns Accreditor Over Online College, Raising Fears Among For-Profit Institutions"
  9. ^ a b c American InterContinental University - London Institutional Audit, May 2005.
  10. ^ American InterContinental University Announces Plan to Teach-Out Programs at Los Angeles Campus
  11. ^ Diamond, L.; Bill Rankin (2009-08-24). "Lawsuit charges university with fraud". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/lawsuit-charges-university-with-122757.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 

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American InterContinental University
File:American-intercontinental-university 2.gif
AIU logo
Established 1970
Type Private, for profit
Chancellor George P. Miller
President Stephen J. Tober (CEO)
Students 27,043
Undergraduates 24,466
Postgraduates 2,577
Location Atlanta, Georgia, US
Campus Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, South Florida, London, Online
Website American Intercontinental University

American InterContinental University, commonly called AIU, is an international for-profit university owned by Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO). It was founded in 1970 in Europe.

AIU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association to award Associate's, Bachelor's, and Master's degrees.

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History

American InterContinental University (AIU) was founded in 1970 in Lucerne, Switzerland[1] by American couple Jack and Helen Barnette of Atlanta, and was first known as the American Fashion College of Switzerland.[1] The school was recognized as an American degree awarding institution in 1971, initially offering associate and bachelor's degrees starting in 1974.[1] In 1976 American Fashion College of Switzerland opened a campus in Atlanta and in 1978, the Lucerne campus moved to London, and changed its name to the American College for the Applied Arts.[2]

By 1978, the school had approximately 300 students, and began to expand its course offering beyond fashion to areas such as business. Today, AIU has about 24,000 students and offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in programs such as business, IT, criminal justice and fashion design.[3] More than 80 percent of AIU students attend AIU Online, an internet-based online campus that delivers degree programs 100 percent online.[3]

Atlanta - Buckhead, Georgia campus 1976
• London, UK campus 1978
• Los Angeles, CA campus 1982[4]
• Dubai campus 1995
Atlanta - Dunwoody and South Florida campus 1998
• Online campus 2002
Houston, Texas, 2003
• Dunwoody and Buckhead consolidate as AIU Atlanta, 2009

The institution first received SACS accreditation in 1987. Steve Bostic bought the school in 1996 and changed its name to American InterContinental University.[5] In 2001, AIU was acquired by Career Education Corporation, a publicly traded operator of for-profit schools that was established in 1994.

In 2009, AIU was granted accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).[6] AIU, which had been accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1987 , sought HLC accreditation to better reflect the fact that the majority of its students are served through its Internet-based campus which is based in the HLC geographic region.[7] SACS and HLC are among the six regional accrediting organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Campuses

, Houston, Texas, United States.]] AIU currently has six campuses in the United States and other countries.

United States

On February 18, 2008, American InterContinental University announced plans to gradually close down its Los Angeles campus. The campus will no longer enroll new students and will employ a gradual teach-out process, allowing current students the opportunity to complete their programs. Dr. George Miller, former CEO of American InterContinental University, cited low student enrollment at the Los Angeles campus as the reason for this decision.[8]

The AIU Houston building was severely damaged by Hurricane Ike in September 2008. It was remodeled, and a grand re-opening celebration occurred in February 2009.[9]

Following the June 2009 consolidation of the AIU Buckhead and AIU Dunwoody campuses into AIU Atlanta[10], the new campus underwent a significant renovation. AIU Atlanta's campus now features an industry-current forensics lab; a virtual firearms training simulator (FATS) lab; drawing studio; dedicated math, science and writing labs; and newly-redesigned studios for fashion design, media production, visual communications and interior design.

United Kingdom

Online campus

The online program started in 2001 but was recognized as a separate campus in 2002. [6] The online campus offices are located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Stephen J. Tober, AIU's CEO, serves as president of AIU Online. The online campus is considered the main campus for AIU.

Accreditation

American InterContinental University was accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools from 1987 to 2009. From 2009, American InterContinental University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Academics

AIU offers Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees in various fields:

  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Healthcare Management
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Visual Communication

Notable alumni

Academia[11][12][13]

Other

Controversy

Controversies related to CEC

AIU's parent company CEC has been investigated by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education and the Securities and Exchange Commission. Allegations specific to AIU include reports that the Los Angeles campus misrepresented its programs and classes, made a practice of admitting students who had not graduated from high school, and included in its enrollment numbers students who had never attended class. A CEC representative stated in July 2007 that the issues at AIU's Los Angeles campus "have been addressed and most have long been resolved."[19]

One of the most outspoken critics of AIU and CEC has been AIU's founder Steve Bostic, who alleged in 2005 that "CECO's Board has allowed management to lose sight of the Company's primary mission of providing quality education services; under these directors, CECO management has sacrificed the quality of student programs, resulting in the severe escalation of student attrition - all for the sake of a 'top-line growth strategy' that cannot be sustained."[20]

On June 21, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education put a freeze on approving CEC's new applications for additional campuses or acquisitions while it examined the company's financial records and compliance with federal student aid regulations.[21] This restriction was lifted in January 2007.[22]

SACS probation

SACS placed the university on probation in December 2005.[23] In 2006, SACS renewed AIU's probation for failure to comply with various Principles of Accreditation.[24] On December 11, 2007, CEC announced that SACS had removed AIU's probation and that the university's accreditation remained in good standing.[23]

OIG report regarding NCA-HLC accreditation

On May 15, 2009, AIU received initial approval for accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools-The Higher Learning Commission[25] and is now listed as an accredited institution by NCA-HLC rather than SACS.

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General questioned the Higher Learning Commission's decision to approve accreditation of American InterContinental University based on the examination of the commission's standards for measuring credit hours and program length. An assistant inspector general stated in the report, "This action by HLC is not in the best interest of students, and calls into question whether the accrediting decisions made by HLC should be relied upon by the Department of Education when assisting students to obtain quality education through the Title IV programs." NCA-HLC president Sylvia Manning responded that this accusation was "flimsy" because it focused on a single accreditation issue involving a single school. SACS president Belle Wheelan sided with NCA-HLC, calling the OIG report "scary" and emphasizing that American InterContinental University's accreditation under SACS had been in "good standing."[26]

QAA audit

In June 2008, The Quality Assurance Agency closed an audit [27] published in May 2005 based on an examination of the London Campus in 2004. This report had noted that at the date of the Agency's review in 2004, there were "fundamental concerns regarding the academic standards being achieved."[27] Following successful efforts on the London campus to remedy deficiencies, the QAA noted that, "Since the audit QAA has been provided with information that indicates that appropriate action has been taken by the American InterContinental University in response to the findings of this report. As a result the audit was signed off in June 2008."[27]

Enrollment policies

AIU's critics have scrutinized the university's student recruiting practices. AIU is an open-enrollment institution, where nearly everyone who applies is admitted.[citation needed] One anonymous professor stated: "If you can breathe and walk, you can get into the school."[21] AIU argues that its open standards help create educational opportunities for low-income and minority students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.[citation needed] In July 2008, a lawsuit was filed by former employees who alleged that the school's admissions practices defrauded federal grant and loan programs.[28]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c American InterContinental University – London Institutional Audit MAY 2005 http://www.qaa.ac.uk/reviews/reports/institutional/AmericanIntercontinental05/main.asp
  2. ^ Rhone, Nedra. "'Mad Men' Makes A Fashion Statement". Cox News Service. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 19, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Career Education 2009 10K SEC Filing, http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=87390&p=irol-sec
  4. ^ FASHION 88;GRADUATE CLASS;NEW PATTERNS ON DISPLAY AT DESIGN SCHOOL SHOWS Los Angeles Times June 3, 1988, Friday, Home Edition
  5. ^ Career Education curbs lifted; U.S. again allowing expansion, firm says Chicago Tribune January 23, 2007
  6. ^ "American InterContinental University Granted Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association". Business Wire. May 18, 2009.
  7. ^ AMERICAN INTERCONTINENTAL UNIVERSITY; American InterContinental University Granted Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association Education Business Weekly June 3, 2009
  8. ^ American InterContinental University Announces Plan to Teach-Out Programs at Los Angeles Campus, The Earth Times, 19 Feb 2008.
  9. ^ Houston Business Journal
  10. ^ "Prime Piece of Peachtree Hits The Market" Skyline Views, June 2009
  11. ^ Empirical search of MBA on .edu domains retrieved on 6-14-2010.
  12. ^ Empirical search of MIT on .edu domains retrieved on 6-14-2010.
  13. ^ Empirical search of MEd on .edu domains retrieved on 6-14-2010.
  14. ^ Interview: the refreshing Zee Avi
  15. ^ Kay, Richard (15 March 2005) "The discreet longhaired lover from Monaco." Daily Mail (London).
  16. ^ Tucker, Abigail (03-05-2008). "Christian Siriano Shows Why He's A Fierce Competitor". The Baltimore Sun. http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/tv/bal-runway0305,0,2794182,full.story. 
  17. ^ "Tony Spinosa - Director". http://tonyspinosa.com/director.html. 
  18. ^ "Washington looks back on time as Sheriff in Williamsburg County". SCNow. 03-31-2010. http://www2.scnow.com/scp/news/local/article/washington_looks_back_on_time_as_sheriff_in_williamsburg_county/113633/. 
  19. ^ The student trap: As American InterContinental University fights to keep its accreditation, students on the Buckhead campus wonder if they've received the education they paid for, by Alyssa Abkowitz, Creative Loafing Atlanta, July 11, 2007.
  20. ^ Steve Bostic Sends Letter to Career Education Corporation Stockholders, PR Newswire, May 6, 2005
  21. ^ a b Promises and Profits - A For Profit College Is Under Investigation For Pumping Up Enrollment While Skimping On Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 13, 2006, by Stephen Burd; republished in SEC filing by Steve Bostic
  22. ^ U.S. Department of Education lifts growth restrictions, Career College News, January 30, 2007
  23. ^ a b American InterContinental University Announces Positive Result in Accreditation Review
  24. ^ Southwest Accreditation Report in Self-Study Questionnaire
  25. ^ http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=91&Itemid=190 NCA-HLC Actions Taken by the Institutional Actions Council, May 11, 2009
  26. ^ "Inspector General Warns Accreditor Over Online College, Raising Fears Among For-Profit Institutions"
  27. ^ a b c American InterContinental University - London Institutional Audit, May 2005.
  28. ^ Diamond, L.; Bill Rankin (2009-08-24). "Lawsuit charges university with fraud". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/lawsuit-charges-university-with-122757.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 

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