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Strategic Plan


Great challenges and opportunities mark the next decade. Our nation will examine and adjust its role in the world and seek to improve its public and private institutions while exploring the dynamics and possibilities of a changing, diverse society and culture. In these historic efforts, American University will be an active and influential participant.

With our location in the nation’s capital, academic vibrancy, philosophical grounding, and dedication to engagement and service, American University will provide the intellectual and ethical leadership to shape emerging world views, forge new scholarly paths, and prepare our students to lead and serve in the city, nation, and world.

We will be guided in our work by a strategic plan that is based on the values expressed in our Statement of Common Purpose.


Middle States Self-Study

Glover Gate at Massachusetts Avenue

Every 10 years American University conducts a comprehensive self-study as part of the re-accreditation process conducted for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Middle States evaluators recently visited campus as part of their review.

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Building a Better AU

Visit the Building AU website to read about facilities projects that support AU’s academic aspirations and enhance campus ambiance. You can also learn more about AU's Campus Plan.

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Budget Report

Campus Plan Task Force

View the FY 16-17 Budget Report.

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