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AQIP Pathway

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

The AQIP Pathway was introduced in the late 1990s as an option for institutions to maintain their accreditation with HLC. Like the other Pathways for Reaffirmation of Accreditation, it is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, but with an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement.

In 2007, PCC was accepted into the Higher Learning Commission's AQIP Program as a voluntary alternative process for maintaining accreditation by infusing the principles, practices and benefits of continual improvement into the College's culture.

AQIP Pathway Categories

The AQIP Pathway Categories  provide a framework that institutions can use to examine their key processes and allow institutions to analyze, understand, and explore opportunities for improvement. The use of the categories is fundamental to the development of the institution’s Systems Portfolio.

Category One: Helping Students Learn

focuses on the design, deployment, and effectiveness of teaching-learning processes (and on the processes required to support them) that underlie the institution’s credit and non-credit programs and courses.

Category Two: Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs

addresses the key processes (separate from instructional programs and internal support services) through which the institution serves its external stakeholders in support of its mission.

Category Three: Valuing Employees

explores the institution’s commitment to the hiring, development, and evaluation of faculty, staff, and administrators.

Category Four: Planning and Leading

focuses on how the institution achieves its mission and lives its vision through direction setting, goal development, strategic actions, threat mitigation, and capitalizing on opportunities.

Category Five: Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship

addresses management of the fiscal, physical, technological, and information infrastructures designed to provide an environment in which learning can thrive.

Category Six: Quality Overview

focuses on the Continuous Quality Improvement culture and infrastructure of the institution. This category gives the institution a chance to reflect on all its quality improvement initiatives, how they are integrated, and how they contribute to improvement of the institution.