My friend Jennifer Maddrell (of EdTechTalk fame) has completed a systems analysis of Athabasca University.  She posted the report to Scribd and it can be downloaded or read, but I think you have to join scribd (which is likely a useful activity in any case). I assume the report was done as coursework in her Old Dominion University PhD program in Instructional Design and Technology

The report gives a detailed overview of Athabasca – mostly derived from the web site and official reports. It is an outsider’s view, quite comprehensive and well written. It will be useful for distance educators as a comparison model  and for potential students or employees to garner an overview of the business of  Canada’s Open University.

Thanks Jennifer for both doing the work and publically posting it.