Mission, History & Values

American InterContinental University's mission is to provide for the varying educational needs of a career-oriented, culturally diverse and geographically dispersed student body with the goal of preparing students academically, personally, and professionally.

History of AIU

American InterContinental University (AIU) was founded in Europe in 1970 on the premise that universities should transcend the bounds of the traditional, theory-based approach to education by providing students with a curriculum that can help them prepare to pursue their professional interests in today's globalized, cutting-edge industries.

For 50 years, AIU has offered specialized, flexible degree programs. Today, it operates campuses in Atlanta and Houston as well as Online, which launched in 2001. In January 2001, Career Education Corporation (Now Perdoceo Education Corporation (PEC)) acquired the university.

AIU is committed to developing curricula designed to provide students with career preparation in business, criminal justice, education, information technology, design and healthcare management. The University’s success in this endeavor is reflected in the presence of its graduates throughout the international business community, the achievements of its alumni, and the commitment of its faculty.

Trident at AIU: A History of Excellence and Leadership

Established in 1998, Trident was headquartered in Cypress, California and was the first 100% online university to gain regional accreditation from WSCUC. In 2020, Trident was acquired by American InterContinental University, headquartered in Chandler, Arizona. American InterContinental University, which includes Trident at AIU, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Trident has a specially designed unique learning model in online education. Trident is also alma mater to nearly 27,000 military, veteran and adult learners, which showcases its ability to cater to the needs of students with diverse professional backgrounds.

Whether active duty military and their families or civilians, Trident students share a desire to excel and make a difference in the world by taking their education to the next level.

AIU Philosophy & Outcomes

Founded as the American College in 1970, AIU provides associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in a ground-campus environment and online. AIU’s ground campuses are located in Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas. The Online, or Main, campus is located in Chandler, Arizona.

The University community has a special commitment to promoting educational opportunity, and to supporting student goals through a set of Institutional Outcomes. To this end, the University places emphasis on the educational, professional, and personal growth of each student, and pursues this aim with a commitment to institutional integrity and ethics. Programs, policies, and institutional initiatives validate AIU’s achievement of the Outcomes and support the University’s Mission, Vision, and Values. These foundational statements are evaluated periodically and modified, as appropriate, to meet the needs of the student body and the institution. The Institutional Outcomes emphasize the link between the University Mission with program and departmental missions.

AIU Institutional Outcomes

  • To embrace an educational culture for a diverse student body supported by faculty and staff who provide a personalized approach in support of student success.
  • To deliver an integrated learning experience to support students’ intellectual growth, academically and professionally.
  • To employ innovative technologies to deliver an immersive learning experience that engages the varied learning styles of our students.
  • To provide a curriculum emphasizing learning that prepares students for success in a dynamic professional environment.
  • To maintain a pool of practitioner faculty who possess relevant industry experience.

AIU Vision and Values

AIU will grow as a respected global leader in higher education, serving a diverse student body with expert faculty and a wide range of innovative, flexible programs.

In order to achieve its vision, AIU’s student-centered community will challenge and nurture learners to ensure they receive a quality educational experience resulting in excellent personal and institutional outcomes. The University will value the following in support of its mission, purposes, and vision:

Student Learning and Effective Teaching
AIU values student learning and the application of learning, believing that mastery of knowledge and skills serves to empower students for success in their chosen career field.
AIU values the continuous improvement and development of educational programs and services to meet the needs of its students.
AIU values all of its constituents—students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community—and is committed to supporting them in their pursuit of personal and professional success.
AIU values opportunity for all students, believing that accessibility to higher education is a right for all those who have the desire, interest, and motivation to succeed in their chosen career fields.
AIU values diversity in all its forms, believing that the University is strengthened by the richness of its various constituencies.
AIU values a culture of honesty and is committed to operating in a legally, morally, and ethically correct manner.

AIU Accreditation

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Classes Start November 4, 2020