Center of Excellence and Quality Assurance
In February 2018 AUAF was awarded full accreditation by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). This process of six years was a thorough assessment of faculty, students, administration, and stakeholders. AUAF is proud to be accredited through the MoHE.
Mission and Objectives
Accreditation is one of the most important strategic objectives of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). The mission of the Center of Excellence and Quality Assurance is to lead, evaluate, support and coordinate all accreditation activities at AUAF across all departments. It is housed under the Office of the Provost and includes the following key personnel:
- Dr Kenneth Holland, University President
- Dr Zaher Wahab (Chair of the MA Program, Director of the Center of Teaching & Learning)
- Dr Rod Monger (Chair of the MBA program)
- Dr John Wall (Chair of the English & Humanities)
- Dr Jesus Pascal (Chair of the Math and Science)
- Ghizaal Haress (Chair of Law)
- Prof Christopher Henderson (Professor of English)
- Dr Christine Murray (Professor of Humanities)
- Gina Cinali (Director of Institutional Reporting and Political Science Faculty)
- Dr Julie Holland (University Registrar)
- Paul Penton (Director of Student Life)
Meetings are open to all faculty, administrators and students and meet the second and fourth Thursday of each month during the semesters. They are held in room 114 of the Women's Center from 1:00pm to 2:30pm.
The Center of Excellence and Quality Assurance ensures a culture of continuous self-assessment in all academic areas and excellence in higher education at AUAF. It provides assistance and leadership to all faculty, staff and the AUAF community in this collaborative process with the ultimate goals of Afghan as well as US accreditation. Our principles are continued critical reflection, thorough analysis, mindful planning and consistent implementation.
The American University of Afghanistan is admitted as a member of CHEA's International Quality Group (CIQG)
AUAF has been admitted to CHEA's International Quality Group (CIQG).
CHEA - the Council for Higher Education Accreditation - A national
advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic
quality through accreditation, is an association of 3,000
degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60
institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.-
CHEA is often called "the accreditor of the accreditors".
-The CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG) - of which AUAF is now a
member - is a forum for colleges, universities, accrediting and
quality assurance organizations and others worldwide to address issues
and challenges focused on quality and quality assurance in an
Gina Cinali (Institutional Research Director) will be representing
AUAF at the upcoming CHEA Annual Conference and CIQG Annual Meeting.
She has been attending CHEA conferences since 2008. CHEA and CIQG is a
very valuable network through which we can learn about the latest
trends in accreditation and access advice and mentorship from
Presidents and administrators of the various regional and programmatic
accrediting bodies. Our membership makes us even more visible and
puts AUAF and Afghanistan "on the map" in terms of Higher Education
networking and information sharing.
To learn more about CHEA and about CIQG - check out the links below:
Timeline of the Accreditation Process at AUAF:
05/Sept/2011 Steering Committee Established
01/Oct/2011 Task force structure created; changes drafted, Task Force convened and work begins. Standards Committee formed. Weekly accreditation meetings begin
17/Oct/2011 NEASC Self-Study Workshop. Dr J Killen Shah and Robert Rice attend.
05/Dec/2011 NEASC Annual Meeting
01/Feb/2012 Task Force reports due
01/May/2012 Draft of Self-Study completed
01/Sept/2012 Draft of Self-Study distributed to campus community
Oct-Nov/2012 Campus-wide discussion of Self-Study
01/Dec/2012 Final version of Self-Study completed
Spring 2013 First stage of the MoHE accreditation process started (five stages total)
01/May/2013 MoHE Self-Assessment report completed
01/Sept/2013 Phase I Self-Assessment report submitted to MoHE
15/Sept/2013 Center of Excellence and Quality Assurance established at AUAF
11/Nov/2013 MoHE site visit to AUAF for self-assessment review
01/Dec/2013 Revision requested by MoHE / Revised Phase I Self-Assessment report started
15/Dec/2013 Phase I Self-Assessment version 2 submitted to MoHE
05/Jan/2014 Phase I of the self-assessment process approved by the MoHE
17/Feb/2014 Phase II of the MoHE self-assessment process started
Fall 2014 Review of facilities and academic programs by the MoHE
15/April/2014 MoHE training on the accreditation stage two process
22/October/2014 Phase II self-assessment report submitted to the MoHE accreditation office.
November 2015 - Resubmission of the second self-assessment report according to the revised standards.
Summer 2016 - Submission of the third and final self-assessment report.
April 2017 - MoHE QAAD Site visit accreditation team visits to review accreditation documents and to speak with students.
September 2017 - Submission of the Focused Self-Assessment Report. AUAF was tasked to work on three key criteria (Criteria 3, 7, and 8) and submitted evidence of accomplishing the task.
February 2018 - MoHE QAAD Site Team returns for a visit to review Focused Self-Assessment Report.
Summer 2016 - Established Center for Teaching and Learning
08/April/2017 - MoHE sends site visit team to AUAF to review self-assessment report.
As part of the Afghan accreditation process, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) conduct an official three-day long MoHE site visit between 6-10 April.
The site visit team consists of the following members:
- Prof. Mujtaba Mahnawi (Kandahar University),
- Prof. Shams-ul-Rahman Adil (Nangarhar University),
- Prof. Abdul Manan Paigham (Kabul Medical University)
28/June/2016 - AUAF passes second phase with the highest score among all public and private universities and has been admitted to the third phase.
31/October - 02/November/2016 MoHE Workshop on Third Phase Accreditation Process with information for peer reviewers
01/November/2016 Phase III Self-Assessment report final version submitted to the MoHE accreditation office along with supporting documents.
13-15/December/2016 - AUAF attends MoHE Accreditation conference Delhi, India in coordination with British Council, USWDP (through USAID), and World Bank
02/January/2017 - Visit from MoHE CEQA Team Dr Sadat and Assoc Prof Dr Abdul Qayeum Karim to review quality of online course offerings
January - February 2017 - Final phase of the accreditation cycle
February 2017 - Scheduled accreditation team review
March 2017 - Completed the new MoHE accreditation process
April 2017 - Site accreditation Team visits AUAF for review of Self-Assessment Report
08-10/July/2017 - Attended MoHE conference on Accreditation Framework improvement.