What is the Academic Quality Improvement Program?
Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
230 S. LaSalle St
Chicago, IL 60604Phone: 800-621-7440
Web Site: http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools developed the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) in 1999 to provide colleges and universities with an alternative process for continuing accreditation.
Participating in AQIP
allows participating institutions to align their own continuous improvement initiatives and projects with required accreditation processes
provides evidence that participating institutions meet the standards for continuing accreditation through identifying Action Projects and Stretch Targets, working to achieve the Stretch Targets and reporting the results of their work
provides a variety of opportunities for collaboration among participating institutions
encourages participating institutions to help each other achieve goals and targets through the use of on-line colloquia, forums, workshops, and the exchange of experiences and expertise
replaces the traditional ten-year cycle of accreditation. AQIP is distinct from traditional models of continuing accreditation
enables organizations to focus on systems and processes as the basis for excellence and also for continuous improvement
Why is AQIP important?
AQIP is designed to:
assist colleges and universities in excelling at fulfilling their respective missions, rather than just meeting minimum standards
use a continuous improvement model to meet its own mission and values to better serve its members
Who else is participating in AQIP?
Approximately 10% of all colleges and universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools are participating in AQIP.
What is the AQIP process and timeline?
All institutions that want to participate in AQIP must:
send representatives to a workshop that fully explains AQIP
complete a campus-wide assessment using external feedback (such as a state quality award)
complete a formal application signed by the Chief Executive Officer
develop Action Projects that will help move the institution forward
create a cross-functional team to send to a Strategy Forum
present Action Projects to all Strategy Forum participants for critique and review
submit finalized Action Projects to the Higher Learning Commission of Colleges and Schools
update each Action Project yearly
complete a Systems Portfolio that accurately describes the organization’s mission, vision, values, strategic opportunities and challenges, processes and indicators of effectiveness
What are the current AQIP Projects?
- Increasing Course Completion
- Accelerate Completion of Developmental Math and Progression to Credit – Bearing Courses
- Engaged Metrics (formerly Alphameasures) Data and Dissemination
Project Leader and Contact Person
Director of Research, Institutional Effectiveness and Public Services
(800) 995-5222 ext. 7578
What is my own organizational unit’s involvement in AQIP?
AQIP encompasses the entire college community. Your organizational unit is involved in some way. Contact your organizational unit administrator for more specific information.
Who are the AQIP leaders for LCCC?
Academic Quality Improvement Program Coordinator
Cynthia Applin, Dean of Research, Institutional Effectiveness and Public Services (email@example.com)