ATHEA's Mission, Vision, and Core Values

The foundation for ATHEA is its mission, vision, and values. These foundational concepts establish the operational context, scope, and governance of the association.

MISSION

The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Accreditation by Board of Commissioners instils public confidence in the institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement of those standards. ATHEA standards for accreditation are based on the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) required for recognition by the European Quality Assurance Register in Higher Education (EQAR).

VISION

The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) aspires to be the preeminent resource for institutions of higher education striving to achieve excellence in fulfilling their missions. ATHEA intends, through voluntary assessment and adherence to high standards for student learning outcomes and operational behaviour, to assure higher education’s publics that its accredited institutions are fulfilling their stated purposes and addressing the publics’ expectations.

CORE VALUES

The Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA) is guided by these Core Values:

 

ATHEA's Charter, Invitation to Start Public Activities, and Confirmation of the Organisation establish the legal basis for association.


ATHEA Brochure
This brochure provides an overview of ATHEA and the value of institutional accreditation.
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ATHEA Charter - English
The ATHEA Charter that was filed in Vienna, Austria to establish the association (English Version).
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ATHEA Charter - German
The ATHEA Charter that was filed in Vienna, Austria to establish the association (German Version).
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ATHEA's Registration Confirmation
This document is the official confirmation from the Austrian government registering ATHEA as a non-profit association.
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