Institutional Memberships & Affiliations

Institutional Memberships And Affiliations

To further its mission, Harrison Middleton University has established affiliations with like-minded organizations, institutions, and corporations to collaborate on a variety of long-term and short-term projects. Harrison Middleton University is proud to support the work of numerous organizations and corporations, including the following:

The Agora Foundation

The Agora Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit endeavor, providing seminars and other educational opportunities to those who are busy with careers, families, and daily responsibilities yet are seeking to further their education without the commitments a return to school would involve. The goal of these offerings is to provide an understanding of the ideas that shape civilizations. Generously funded by The Ahmanson Foundation, Southern California Edison, and private donations, The Teachers for Lifelong Learning program is an ongoing initiative training public and private high school teachers in this engaging approach to learning. Visit the Agora Foundation website.

AACRAO: American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

With more than a century of service, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) is the leading authority in providing professional development and informed guidance centered on best practices in admissions, student records, and enrollment management in the global higher education community. Harrison Middleton University is an institutional member of AACRAO. Visit the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers website.

American Council on Education (ACE)

ACE is the major coordinating body for the nation’s colleges and universities.  ACE represents nearly 1,800 college and university presidents and the executives at related associations, and represents all types of U.S. accredited, degree-granting institutions including two-year and four-year, public and private. Visit the American Council on Education website.

ACE leads and coordinates: As the nation's largest higher education organization, ACE is at the forefront of the major issues affecting postsecondary education.

ACE represents and advocates: As the principal voice of higher education, ACE coordinates the advocacy efforts of the entire community.

ACE serves: ACE addresses the rapidly changing needs of America's colleges and universities by providing research and identifying innovative practices.

American Library Association

The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Harrison Middleton University is an institutional member of the American Library Association. Visit the American Library Association website.

Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning (AALL)

Mission: AALL strives to improve opportunities for educational growth by promoting and inspiring lifelong learning and adult literacy in Arizona. 
Vision: Arizona will have an empowered adult population and a dynamic workforce. 
Motto: Empowering Learners for Life

Visit the Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning website.

Arizona Charter Schools Association

Arizona Charter Schools Association is a nonprofit organization who believes that all Arizona students should have access to a high quality public school. The Association is focused on creating and sharing innovative programs designed to support leaders and teachers as they work to improve student achievement. The Association supports student achievement through high quality charter schools, advocates for student equity and charter school autonomy, and leads Arizona charter schools as a sustainable, strong, credible organization. Harrison Middleton University is a Corporate Supporter of the Arizona Charter Schools Association. Visit the Arizona Charter Schools Association website.

Arizona Private School Association (APSA)

The Arizona Private School Association (APSA) is a voluntary self-regulating association of private universities, colleges, technical schools, and career schools that provide a vast array of educational opportunities.  These educational institutions cover the full gamut of postsecondary education: from short-term certificate and diploma programs, to associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as masters and doctoral programs. Harrison Middleton University is a member of the Arizona Private School Association. Visit the Arizona Private School Association website.

Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC)

The Association for Core Texts and Courses (ACTC) is an international, professional, liberal arts organization dedicated to fostering the use of core texts (world classics and other texts of major cultural significance), in undergraduate education and the development of required or widely taken core programs steeped in such texts. ACTC brings together colleges and universities that promote the integrated and common study of world classics and other texts of major cultural significance. Members of ACTC advocate the growth of such programs in order to strengthen undergraduate education in the United States and Canada. ACTC challenges both aimless curricular choice and the current dominance of vocational, professional and specialized curricula. ACTC is committed to the education of free citizens, equipped to conduct their public and private lives informed by the best that has been thought and expressed in Western and other traditions. Visit the Association for Core Texts and Courses website.

AZ SARA – Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

As a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) the Council provides oversight and guidance to postsecondary institutions in the State of Arizona that elect to follow the national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs.  The purpose of SARA is to make it easier for institutions in Arizona to provide online and distance education options in other states and to provide basic protections for the students engaged in those activities. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four higher education association regional compacts. The Arizona SARA Council is overseen by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Visit the AZ SARA website.

Catholic Distance University

Catholic Distance University was established in 1983 and its mission calls for transmitting faithfully and systematically the teachings of Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition of the Church, and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the spiritual heritage of the Fathers, Doctors, and Saints. Visit the Catholic Distance University website

Classical Pursuits

Classical Pursuits offers a variety of learning vacations here and abroad for adults to share their ideas about great works of literature, art, and music in a relaxed and informal setting. Classical Pursuits works closely with The Great Books Foundation in Chicago, Illinois. The Great Books Foundation provides many discussion leaders for Classical Pursuits learning vacations and offers continuing guidance on how to more meaningfully read and discuss books. Visit the Classical Pursuits website

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students of a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of college-level, introductory course material in a credit-by-examination program. Visit the College-Level Examination Program website

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

CAEL is a national non-profit organization which creates and manages effective learning strategies for working adults through partnerships with employers, higher education, the public sector, and labor. Visit the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning website.

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

CHEA is a non-profit organization serving as the national advocate for self-regulation through accreditation. Institutional membership is limited to nationally or regionally accredited colleges or universities. Harrison Middleton University is an institutional member of CHEA.Visit the Council for Higher Education Accreditation website.

Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society

To recognize the academic achievements of students who study at a distance, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission in Washington, D.C. established the Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society.  Delta Epsilon Tau (DETHS) is the only Honor Society that brings honor and earned recognition to those individuals who have worked diligently to acquire new knowledge and skills from an accredited distance learning institution. Visit the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society website.  

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) 

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1926 that operates as a national accreditor of distance education institutions. Accreditation by DEAC covers all distance education activities within an institution and it provides a single source of nationally recognized accreditation from the secondary school level through professional doctoral degree-granting institutions. The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Visit the Distance Education Accrediting Commission website.  

The Great Books Foundation

The Great Books Foundation is an independent, non-profit educational organization whose mission is to provide people of all ages with the opportunity to read, discuss, and learn from outstanding works of literature. Founded in 1947 by Robert Maynard Hutchins, then president of the University of Chicago, and philosopher and scholar Mortimer Adler, the Foundation was established to encourage lifelong learning for all citizens. As part of a grass-roots movement to promote continuing education beyond the classroom, the Foundation aimed to provide opportunities for all Americans to participate in a "Great Conversation" of some of the world's best writing. Visit The Great Books Foundation website

Great Books Summer Program

For over sixteen years, the Great Books Summer Program has gathered exceptional middle and high school students from across the world to read, discuss, and debate selections from the greatest works of literature. Students experience college-level seminars, contribute to lively discussion, and enjoy summer fun with other literary-minded students. GBSP offers programs at the University of Oxford, Amherst College, Stanford University, Northwestern University, Dublin, and Beijing, as well as “Tales of the Sea: a Tall Ship Adventure” that combines the study of maritime literature and lore with living and learning to sail a tall ship off the coast of Maine.

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)

NASDTEC represents professional standards boards, commissions, and state departments of education in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the U.S. Territories, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel. Visit the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification website

NC-SARA - National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) was established to ensure that the SARA initiative provides a national solution, rather than four regional solutions. This nationwide coordinating entity assures that the four regional compacts establish uniform standards and procedures for accepting and monitoring states participating in each of their respective regional reciprocity agreements; thus, states participating in SARA through any one compact is recognized as reciprocal partners with states participating in SARA through any another regional compact. And institutions are assured that their participation in one region’s SARA initiative will carry full value in any other SARA state, from any other region. Visit the National Council for State Authorization and Reciprocity Agreements website.

Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International is a non-profit, citizen diplomacy network that works to create and strengthen partnerships between the United States and international communities to increase global cooperation at the local level. Visit the Sister Cities International website.   

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides educational benefits programs for individuals who serve(d) in the military. Benefits may include education tuition and fees, monthly housing allowance, and a books and supplies stipend. Eligible individuals may use their educational benefits at colleges, universities, trade schools, and for on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and flight schools. Harrison Middleton University is granted approval for the education and training of veterans and their eligible dependents, using United States Department of Veterans Affairs educational benefits, in the State of Arizona, in accordance with Section 3675, Title 38, United States Code. This approval is based on the institution’s accreditation by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, licensure by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education, the provisions of Titles 10 and 38, United States Code, and on the standards of the Arizona State Approving Agency (SAA). Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.  

Viridis Graduate Institute

The mission of Viridis Graduate Institution is to provide a transdisciplinary education in the sciences and humanities that enables students to develop the competence and responsiveness required to creatively solve problems challenging our ecological and social structures. Viridis Graduate Institute Ecopsychology and Environmental Humanities programs offer a multidisciplinary perspective that draws appropriately from biology, ecology, depth psychology, mythology, and the arts. Visit the Viridis Graduate Institute website.

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