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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 8 Year Cycle Transition Map
AQIP Quality Council and Team Structure

Kaskaskia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

AQIP 8 Year Cycle

Strategy Forum
Years 1 and 4: A three-day Strategy Forum identifies priority projects for Kaskaskia College, which guide the selection of AQIP Action Projects.

Action Projects Update and Review
Each year: Kaskaskia College provides the HLC with Action Projects Updates three times annually and receives responses through HLC's Action Projects Review. The most recent update was in April, 2015.

Systems Portfolio and Appraisal
Years 3 and 7: Kaskaskia College's System's Portfolio provides information about its programs and services, describes process improvements, and highlights performance indicator results. In response, HLC issues a detailed Systems Appraisal of Kaskaskia College’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Comprehensive Quality Review
Years 4 (optional) and 8: The Comprehensive Quality Review team will visit campus and engage Kaskaskia College in discussions about its Action Projects, initiatives featured in the Systems Portfolio, and strategies designed through the Strategy Forums. This team will also review results from any concerns or issues raised by the Systems Appraisal team.

Reaffirmation of Accreditation
Year 8: The final report of the Comprehensive Quality Review visit team and the documentation that supports it (e.g., past Systems Portfolios and Appraisals, Action Projects Updates and Reviews, federal compliance documentation, etc.) will serve as the basis for reaffirming accreditation. Kaskaskia is accredited through 2018-2019.

Kellie Henegar Kellie Henegar
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Building: AD Room: 214
Scott Crothers Scott Crothers
Assistant Professor Philosophy
Building: HB Room: 103
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