About Mission and Purpose

Mission and Purpose

Mission & Purpose

Allied American University is committed to providing online distance education degree programs for a diverse, underserved population of adult learners in a student-centered academic environment. The curriculum offered by AAU is continuously evaluated to ensure a practical nature and a focus on both established and emerging occupations. AAU’s strategic plan is to create a true academic culture by emphasizing faculty-driven educational programs that lead to the acquisition of knowledge and skills, measured by a formal institutional research process, which empowers students to achieve the outcomes of information literacy, career advancement, personal enrichment, leadership, and a commitment to community service.


  • Information Literacy: AAU graduates will be able to research, evaluate, and effectively use information to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • Technological Competency: AAU graduates will solve problems using appropriate technological tools.
  • Ethical Leadership: AAU graduates will demonstrate ethical leadership in the workplace and in society.
  • Scientific Reasoning: AAU graduates will analyze issues and solve problems by applying the scientific method to address empirical issues and solve appropriate problems.
  • Diversity/Global Literacy: AAU graduates will apply globally diverse perspectives to analyzing problems and developing solutions.
  • Quantitative Reasoning/Literacy: AAU graduates will apply advanced mathematical concepts to solve real-world problems.
  • Communication: AAU graduates will model higher order skills of communication, presenting clear concise arguments, exercise persuasion, and present effective logic, through oral and written discourse.
  • Critical Analysis and Reasoning: AAU graduates will apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to analyze content, discover meaning or significance, draw conclusions, formulate solutions, and monitor results.
  • Lifelong Learning: AAU graduates will demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning.


The core values are a set of principles that are aligned with the University’s mission and guide the practice and development of curriculum, faculty, students, and staff.


Foster a learning environment that promotes responsible, principled behavior which respects the dignity of all members of the community. Students develop interests and acquire knowledge from multiple fields such as economics, the environment, and ethics as well as demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific, historical, and social phenomena.


Conduct all activities in an ethical manner that is both open and collaborative. Commit to practices that are fair, honest, and objective in dealing with students, faculty members, staff, and stakeholders at all levels of the community. Students and faculty are expected to adhere to academic integrity, the highest ethical standards, and professional conduct in all processes and practices. AAU endeavors to systematically and effectively plan, oversee, evaluate, and improve its program objectives to ensure the academic quality and integrity of its academic programs and the semester credits and degrees awarded.

Open Access

Provide opportunities for lifelong educational options for all student populations, including non-traditional and underserved communities. Broaden access to degree programs for underserved populations through distance education technologies. AAU provides access to online library resources and services that assist students to meet the objectives of the degree program through Library and Information Resources Network (LIRN).


Embrace and promote diversity in policies and practices to prepare students to live and work successfully in an increasingly diverse workplace and society.

Student Service

Strive to ensure that curriculum, delivery, and support services:

  • Respond to inquiries, requests, and concerns in an appropriate and timely manner
  • Monitor operations in a continuous process of self-assessment and invite external evaluations by public agencies
  • Remain accountable to students and to the public to fulfill the educational mission


Provide educational programs that lead to the acquisition of measurable knowledge and skills necessary to achieve information literacy, career advancement, personal enrichment, leadership, and service to the community. To ensure program quality, the University assesses practices, policies, and procedures on an ongoing basis to strengthen the overall effectiveness of curriculum, instructional delivery, and operations. AAU maintains a commitment to meet or exceed standards set forth by accrediting and regulatory bodies in all quality control aspects of educational activities, outcomes, and support services.

Effective Written and Oral Communication

Strive to develop effective oral and written communication student skills that lead to the clear expression of ideas, feelings, and information. Develop competence in communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and information utilization together with an interest in lifelong learning to enhance opportunities for sustained success.

Critical Thinking

Enable students to develop a disciplined process of conceptualizing, analyzing, and applying information to use in their daily lives. Critical Thinking Students reflect broad analytical habits of thought, with a particular emphasis on critical thinking. Graduates should have an awareness of both the power and limitations of knowledge, an appreciation for the necessity of a historical grounding in all areas of inquiry, and the acquisition of those skills to identify, evaluate, and use evidence judiciously to fashion well reasoned and persuasive arguments.

Respect for the Value of Learning

The University values intellectual curiosity, along with academic excellence, in the lives of its students. It is AAU’s belief that these values will enable students to achieve greater personal and professional growth that will benefit them at home, on the job, and in their communities.

Therefore, as a result of their studies in the general education curriculum, graduates should: Be able to reason critically about the various ethical dimensions of society.

Value service to their local community and to broader causes at the national and international level. Value and demonstrate compassion, justice and mutual respect for all individuals regardless of their physical differences or differences in viewpoints. Assume positions of leadership and high responsibility in all phases of society.

Student’s Bill of Rights

  • You have the right to receive regular and organized instruction and guidance that is consistent with the objectives of the course and program in which you are enrolled.
  • You have the right to have your course grade determined only by academic achievement that is consistent with the objectives of the course.
  • You have the right to have assignments graded and returned within a reasonable amount of time (see "Grading Policy" in Student Handbook).
  • You have the right to discuss and receive clarification on course content from your instructor, either during posted office hours or during a scheduled appointment.
  • You have the right to use all AAU educational resources in accordance with the rules concerning their use.
  • You have the right to freedom of expression, including the right to dissent, protest and/or take reasoned exception to the information and views offered in any course.
  • You have the right to fair and reasonable treatment by all members of the AAU community.
  • You have the right to the opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits of programs offered at AAU. No one may be excluded on the basis of disability, race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, or economic status.
  • You have the right to inspect and review your own educational records and to request the amendment of these records if you feel they are inaccurate or misleading.
  • If you feel that your rights have been violated, you have the right to bring a grievance before the AAU administration (see "Grievance Policy" in Student Handbook).