Athens State University

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Athens State University
Athens State University
300 N Beaty St
Athens, AL 35611
Phone: (256) 233-8100

An Environment for Learning

Friendly, affordable, and convenient - three hallmarks that make Athens State University a great place to continue your education.

At Athens State, we understand that career opportunities rest on your college education. Over 3,500 students have selected Athens State because of this neighborly environment where over 30 different degrees are taught by an understanding and quality faculty.

Whether you work full or part-time or whether you are a full-time student, Athens State offers a course schedule to meet your needs whether it be day, night, weekend or distance courses. Because nearly every student is from North Alabama or Southern Tennessee , you will literally attend class with people you know. Don't find yourself being just another student number. Consider Athens State University !

History of Institution
Athens State University is the oldest institution of higher education in Alabama 's state educational system. The Institution was founded in 1822 by local citizens who purchased five acres of land, erected a building, and began Athens Female Academy . Ownership of the school was transferred in 1842 to the Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Church . With the birth of the North Alabama Conference of the Methodist Church in 1870, the Institution came under the jurisdiction of that body.

On May 10, 1974 , the Board of Trustees requested from the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church that the Institution seek affiliation with the State of Alabama . The conference, at its annual meeting in June 1974, gave the Board of Trustees this permission and authorized the transfer of the Institution to the State of Alabama .

In June 1975, the Institution was accepted by the Alabama State Board of Education subject to the appropriation of operating funds by the Alabama Legislature. Later that year, the Legislature appropriated funds for the operation of the Institution to serve the graduates of state junior, community, and technical colleges/institutes.

The institution's name has changed several times in its 180+ year history, following adjustments in purpose and governance. Athens Female Academy , upon transfer to the Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Church in 1842, became Athens Female Institute. Then in 1889 after having been transferred to the newly formed North Alabama conference, the College was known as Athens Female College . In 1931, the College became co-educational and was known as Athens College . In 1975, when the institution became part of the state educational system, it was renamed Athens State College, marking the initiation of an era of increased opportunity for service. In 1998, a bill was passed by the legislature to rename the College to Athens State University . The long history of service by the University is the foundation upon which the future of the University rests.

Athens State University, offering coursework at the junior and senior level, is the baccalaureate degree granting institution of the Alabama Community College System. Governed under the authority of the Alabama State Board of Education, and in conjunction with the other institutions of the Alabama Community College System, Athens State University provides affordable education in an environment which recognizes diversity and nurtures the discovery and application of knowledge. Located in northern Alabama, Athens State University acknowledges a commitment to primarily serve transfer students of the Alabama Community College System as well as students from other accredited institutions of higher education. The University prepares students for professional careers, graduate school, lifelong learning, and enrichment. The University, through quality teaching, individual attention, and a varied course delivery system, assists students in the timely achievement of their professional and career goals. In addition, Athens State University offers programs of continuing education and community services that provide a variety of cultural and professional opportunities.

To provide educational opportunity to postsecondary students through carefully planned programs of study that impart a body of knowledge, stimulate critical thinking, develop communication and technological skills, foster ethical behavior, and encourage life-long learning in a diverse and changing world.
To serve the student effectively and efficiently by providing flexible scheduling, varied modes of delivery and cooperative arrangements with other institutions.
To recruit, retain, and promote professional development of qualified faculty and staff.
To provide and maintain appropriate learning resources which are supportive of student learning, quality teaching, scholarly research, diversity, and technological proficiency.
To develop and maintain periodic internal evaluation to ensure that all programs are operating within a manner consistent with the mission statement of the University.
To provide opportunities for students to expand their intellectual, social, and cultural horizons.
To provide and maintain student services which furnish necessary information, financial assistance, guidance counseling to assist progress toward personal, academic, and career goals.
To promote and maintain effective student recruitment and retention.
To promote the use of appropriate University and community resources to facilitate educational and training programs for the diversified needs of business, industry, education, and government in addition to providing cultural and intellectual enrichment.
To acquire and administer efficiently and effectively all fiscal resources.
To provide, develop, and maintain a physical plant appropriate for the support of the University programs.
To effectively communicate the University's vision and goals as a baccalaureate degree granting institution to internal and external constituencies.


Athens State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Athens State University.

The College of Education at Athens State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 500 , Washington , D.C. , 20036 , Phone (202) 466-7496

The College of Business , is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs to offer the following business degree: The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with majors in Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, and Management of Technology.

Athens State University is approved by the Alabama State Department of Education for the training of elementary, secondary, and post secondary school teachers. The Alabama State Department of Education is a member of the National Association of State Directors of Teachers Education Certification.

Office of Institutional Planning, Research, & Assessment

The primary mission of the Office of Institutional Planning, Research, and Assessment (OIPRA) is to assist and support institutional planning, management, policy formulation, and decision-making, through the systematic collection, analysis, evaluation, and dissemination of valid and reliable information.

To accomplish its mission OIPRA:
Coordinates a systematic and integrated university-wide planning, research, and assessment process
Provides timely information and technical expertise to assist academic and non-academic units with the formulation, measurement, tracking, and reporting of performance indicators and metrics
Accumulates, generates, maintains, and disseminates institutional data to support assessment of institutional effectiveness
Initiates surveys and other performance-based studies to facilitate planning and continuous improvement of academic and non-academic programs and support functions
Responds to requests for institutional data from members of the University community, from state and federal agencies, and from others interested in the Universityís operations

Improve the effectiveness of the institutional research and assessment functions through a systematic process to conduct program reviews, develop and implement workable assessment plans, collect assessment and institutional data, and integrate data findings into strategic planning
Enhance ASUís ability to determine its overall institutional effectiveness as the foundation for continuous improvement
Encourage a culture of assessment at all levels of the institution while serving as a comprehensive information resource

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