American World University (AWU) is an unaccredited educational institution that offers post-secondary distance learning education programs that has no physical campus. It also is awarding academic degrees. AWU was set up by Maxine Asher in 1990, and first was headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, until it was forced out of the state in 2000.
American World University has never received any accreditation from any U.S. recognized accrediting body, though it is listed as ‘accredited’ by WAUC (the World Association of Universities and Colleges), another organization set up by Maxine Asher.
AWU offers students the opportunity to earn college credit based on their life experience through distance education courses. The legitimacy of the school’s academic services are however disputed by many education professionals, and some say that academically, there’s nothing at AWU.