What is AQIP?
AQIP stands for Academic Quality Improvement Program. AQIP is a branch of the
Higher Learning Commission that blends continuous quality improvement with college
and university accreditation. Launched in July 1999 with a generous grant from the
Pew Charitable Trusts, the Academic Quality Improvement Program infuses the
principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges
and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited
institution can maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.
With AQIP, an institution demonstrates it meets accreditation standards and
expectations through sequences of events that align with those ongoing activities
that characterize organizations striving to improve their performance. Kaskaskia
College became a member of AQIP in 2005.
Kaskaskia College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participating Institution of the Higher Learning Commission
Higher Learning Commission
A Commission of the North Central Association
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Chicago, IL 60604-1411
- The AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) requires an
AQIP school to have three active action projects for completion every 12-24 months.
- The projects are selected based upon the identified needs of
the College, its stakeholders, and employees and upon feedback from the systems portfolio.
- Each project is documented on AQIP’s website, the College’s
AQIP website, and annual updates every fall. They are also detailed in the systems
portfolio which is evaluated by AQIP reviewers every four years.
- At the end of seven years, AQIP will do an onsite quality checkup
to offer suggestions and answer questions about the College’s AQIP process and progress.
Each AQIP project has a charter, sponsor, 1-2 chairpersons, and a project committee.
- The charter charges the committee with the AQIP project goals and
objectives. The sponsor offers support and clears pathways for the Committee to complete
its charge. The chairpersons guide the project, document progress, and provide reports
and data for the annual updates.
- The committee designs, runs, and sees the project through to the
retirement phase. As projects retire, a process must be in place for the project to
- Subcommittees may be formed as needed at the committee’s recommendation.