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Understanding AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Project). Some slides and/or information have been borrowed with permission from their originators: 1. JoAnn Simser Office of the Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities 2. Higher Learning Commission (HLC). PEAQ & AQIP.

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Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

Understanding AQIP(Academic Quality Improvement Project)

Some slides and/or information have been borrowed with permission from their originators:

1. JoAnn Simser Office of the Chancellor,

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

2. Higher Learning Commission (HLC)


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

PEAQ & AQIP

The HLC offers two programs

for achieving continued accreditation.

AQIP

Program to Evaluate & Advance Quality


Aqip or peaq an institutional choice

Reasons for AQIP

Institutional:

Culture for change

Strategic planning initiatives

Alignment with Accrediting Bodies

Credibility outside education

Involvement with quality initiatives

Leadership in Education

Reasons for PEAQ

Initial accreditation

(less than 2 cycles)

Probation

Institutional:

Traditional credibility

Cultural

Lack of buy-in

Financial resources

Governance change

Leadership change

Mission

AQIP or PEAQ?An Institutional Choice


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

PEAQ

Preparing for the Future

Student Learning & Effective Teaching

Mission &

Integrity

Future-oriented

Connected

Distinctive

Learning-focused

Acquisition, Discovery, & Application of Knowledge

Engagement

&

Service


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

AQIP

10 Principles of High

Performance Oraganizations +

9 AQIP Categories:


Aqip continuous improvement process

AQIP Continuous Improvement Process

  • Focuses on Results – Not procedures or organizational structure

  • Goal Oriented – Encourages flexible approaches

  • Common Vision – Fosters understanding and communications

  • Aligns all Resources – Supports innovation & diversity


Step 1 explore the aqip option

Step #1 Explore the AQIP Option

  • Learn about AQIP, continuous improvement, and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

  • Visit www.aqip.org

  • Talk to (or email) an AQIP staff person

  • Talk to (or email) an AQIP institution

  • Hold campus discussions about AQIP


Step 2 the application process

Step #2 The Application Process

  • Hold a phone conference with Steve Spangehl

  • Conduct an organizational self-assessment

    • AQIP has two instruments (Vital Focus and AQIP Examiner)

  • Complete a formal application


After joining aqip

After Joining AQIP

Attend a Strategy Forum within one year of acceptance.

  • Choose three or four Actions Projects to complete

  • Learn how to prepare a Systems Portfolio (due 4 yrs. after admission)

  • The cycle repeats itself every 4 years


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

A sample Systems Portfolio is on-line at www.AQIP.org, plus links to 20 actual Systems Portfolios


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

How WeDriveImprovement

How We Do Things

The Results We Get

The Systems Portfolio is a 75-100 page public document describing fundamental institutional processes and systems.


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

It covers the nine AQIP Categories and provides evidence that the institution continues to meet the HLC’s five Criteria for Accreditation


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

Created once over the first four years with AQIP, it is continually updated to reflect changes in the institution's systems and processes.


Systems appraisal

  • Performed every four years by trained and experienced reviewers knowledgeable about quality improvement.

  • Provides confirmation of strengths and guidance on improvement opportunities.

Systems Appraisal


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

Separate independent and consensus review stages ensure feedback that represents the team’s shared view of institutional strengths and improvement opportunities

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The blind review process focuses institutional attention on the feedback itself — rather than the reviewers


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

The appraisal panel includes representation from outside

higher education, enhancing the review’s credibility.


Understanding aqip academic quality improvement project

The valuable professional feedback report includes:

  • Summary rubrics (for public information)

  • Confidential, detailed, actionable comments and explanations (for institutional benefit and improvement)


Quality checkup site visit

Quality Checkup Site Visit

  • Two or more evaluators for two or more days on campus

  • Evaluators read Systems Appraisal Feedback Report , HLC’s internal Organizational Profile, and an institution report to AQIP

  • Normally occurs in the three year period prior to an organization’s scheduled Reaffirmation of Accreditation (every 7 years).


Quality checkup visit goals

Affirm accuracy of online Systems Portfolio and verify information in the portfolio

Review with leaders Action Projects and strategies to capitalize on strengths and opportunities for improvement

Assure organization’s continued quality improvement commitment

Confirm compliance with accreditation expectations and provide counsel on issues that require immediate attention

Review and update the relationship between the institution and the Commission

Quality Checkup Visit Goals


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