Commission on Higher Education Reaffirms Accreditation of U.S. Public University System, Allows Continuation of Open Paths



Reaccreditation recognizes APUS’s robust and high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as leadership in online higher education over the past three decades.

CITY OF CHARLES, W.Va., October 11, 2021 / PRNewswire / – American public university system (APUS) announced today that it has been re-accredited by The Higher Education Commission (HLC) for 10 years, with the next reaffirmation scheduled for 2030 – 2031. Reaccreditation reinforces APUS’s high academic standards in providing online higher education to learners from all backgrounds, and also accepts APUS in the Open Pathway, a track reserved for accredited institutions over 10 years old.

US Public University System (PRNewsfoto / US Public University System)

“We are proud to receive the reaffirmation of our accreditation and very happy to officially become an Open Pathway institution. This shows the quality and maturity of our university, including the strength of our robust programs and online delivery model. proven, “said APUS Provost Dr. Vernon C. Smith. “Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to ensuring the best possible learning outcomes, and APUS will continue to build on our strong student-centered approach for many years to come.”

The re-accreditation, granted after a rigorous peer review, assessment and site visit, comes as APUS celebrates its 30e birthday. The Open Pathway is unique in that its improvement component, the Quality Initiative, offers institutions the opportunity to pursue improvement projects that meet their current needs and aspirations. HLC accreditation – which covers all degree levels and online offerings – validates the quality of the institution as a whole by assessing specific criteria including academic offerings, governance and administration, integrity, mission, finances and teaching.

The HLC is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. A private, not-for-profit institutional accreditation agency, the HLC accredits approximately 1,000 colleges and universities headquartered in

one of 19 states.

In addition to this re-accreditation, several APUS schools and programs have specialty accreditations, including:

For more information on all APUS accreditations, visit here. For more information on HLC, visit here.

About the American public university system
American public university system, a recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Gomory Award for Quality Online Education and a five-time OLC Effective Practice Award recipient, offers over 200 degree and certificate programs online through from American Military University, the premier provider of higher education to the United States Military and Veterans, * and American Public University. Over 110,000 alumni worldwide have benefited from APUS ‘accessible and relevant curriculum and flexible online delivery model. APUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI). For more information visit

* Based on Department of Defense tuition assistance for fiscal year 2019 and Veterans Administration student enrollment data as reported by Military Times, 2020.

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