The Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies (AIJS) is an accrediting agency with a voluntary membership of postsecondary institutions specializing in Jewish Studies and related disciplines, dedicated to fostering quality and integrity within the institution and in its relationships with its stakeholders.
The earliest discussions leading to the creation of AIJS date back to 2000, when a number of interested institutions met to discuss forming an organization to facilitate the growth and quality of institutions offering a core of Jewish Studies by conducting comprehensive and systematic evaluations of institutions and subsequently granting accreditation to those institutions that meet the organization's standards.
Institutions interested in AIJS accreditation would be those offering a core of advanced Jewish Studies which could include substantial coursework in Jewish history, religion, law, literature, languages and culture with a scope that includes certificates, diplomas and degrees of Associate and Bachelor of Arts. Institutions accredited by AIJS are required to meet and maintain high standards of faculty qualifications, student retention and outcomes.
AIJS will be submitting a petition to the US Department of Education for recognition as an accrediting agency.