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Accreditation is your assurance that Kaskaskia College meets the level of quality you expect from an institution of higher education and reflects our commitment to excellence and innovation.

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

Higher Learning Commission
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Accreditation, Approvals and Licenses

Academic Quality Improvement Program

Since 2005 Kaskaskia College has been a member in the Higher Learning Commission's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). AQIP 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. AQIP is one of three options institutions have for maintaining accreditation with HLC.

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.

Active Action Projects

  • General Education Outcomes Assessment
  • Improving Kaskaskia College's Marketing Process
  • Improving the Student Satisfaction Survey Process at Kaskaskia College

Retired Action Projects

  • Integrating Quality Management at Kaskaskia College
  • Improving Course Scheduling Process at Kaskaskia College
  • Accrediting Online Degrees and Certificate {Phase II of Online Learning Action Project II} (Helping Students Learn)
  • Enhancing the Quality Improvement Culture at Kaskaskia College (Planning Continuous Improvement)
  • Kaskaskia College's Adjunct Faculty Enrichment Program (Valuing People)
  • Mapping and Streamlining Institutional Processes
  • Core Values
  • General Education
  • Online Education
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Improving the Process of Data Collection and Dissemination at Kaskaskia College
  • Improving the Efficiency of Kaskaskia College's Alumni and Friends Association
  • Improving Student Social Spaces at Kaskaskia College

System Portfolio


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