The AQIP Pathway is one of three options institutions have for maintaining accreditation with HLC. Like the other pathways, it is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, but with an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement. Many of the processes are built around the AQIP Pathway Categories, which provide a framework that institutions can use to examine their key processes and analyze, understand, and explore opportunities for improvement. The AQIP Pathway follows an eight-year cycle.
In the past, when Kirtland applied for re-accreditation, a group of individuals worked on committees and wrote a document describing the College. This process took about two years and resulted in a document (called a Self-Study). Following the Self-Study that was sent to the North Central Association (NCA). After reviewing the Self-Study, the NCA sent a team of surveyors to our campus for an on-site review. Kirtland Community College last underwent this process in 1998-1999 and was given the maximum ten-year re-accreditation at that time.
Principles of AQIP, CI, PDSA
AQIP is modeled on the principles of Continuous Improvement (CI). CI incorporates a variety of ideas about how to make organizations better. Some of the important principles of Continuous Improvement philosophy in an education institution include:
- Everything we do should be focused on improving student learning – which includes classroom activities, but also all the other functions at the college that support students and staff in their work.
- Processes often involve people and departments throughout the college, so improvement efforts should include people who know that process best, and who work in different departments.
- Decisions should be made based on evidence – which means that we need to gather information about how well processes are working now, and what we should focus on to make them work even better.
AQIP Process (flowchart) and Resources
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QCT (Quality Coordinating Team)
Team member name
Team member department
Team member contact information
Length of term
Director of Business, Community Development, and Cultural Events
Nick Baker - AQIP Accreditation Liaison Officer
Program Director - Surgical Technology
Dr. Amy Kuczynski
Instructor - Biology
Dr. Julie Lavender
Vice President of Instructional Services
Director/Academic Advisor MTEC
Dr. Thomas Quinn
Director of Library Services & Tutoring
Student Financial Services Supervisor
Dr. Jon Thompson
Instructor - English
Vice President of Student Services & Registrar