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Accreditation - Continuous Quality Improvement

Academic Quality Improvement Program at Washington State

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Washington State Community College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and participates in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

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Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
Phone: (800) 621-7440 / (312) 263-0456
Fax: (312) 263-7462
http://www.ncahlc.org

Washington State has chosen to use AQIP (Academic Quality Improvement Program) as the process for maintaining its accreditation. 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. 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.

Through AQIP we will create a comprehensive approach to continuously improve institutional effectiveness. As part of the AQIP process we have: created four Action Projects; revised the institution's mission, vision and values statements; and produced an AQIP Systems Portfolio to describe our College's current efforts toward continuous improvement.

AQIP Categories

AQIP Measuring Effectivemess

Project 1

Counting All Students: Tracking Attendance for College-Wide Impact

Project 2

A Unified College Plan for Assessing Student Learning

Project 3

Student Voices: Collecting and Responding to Student Input

Project 4

Tracking Continuous Quality Processes

Retired Project 1

Strengthening continuous improvement processes and awareness through mini-projects

Retired Project 2

Expand Distance Learning Offerings to Improve Student Access.

Retired Project 3

Improving Two-Way Communication with an Emphasis on Valuing People.

Retired Project 4

Improve and Expand Washington State Community College's Distance Learning program.

Retired Project 5

Responding to Stakeholder Feedback through Mini-Projects

Retired Project 6

Measuring Effectiveness through an Integrated Data System

Retired Project 7

Supporting Student Success during the Quarters to Semesters Transition

Retired Project 8

Mapping and Improving Ten Major College Processes

Retired Project 9

It's all about DAT! (Data Action Team)

Retired Project 10

Improving online student success

Retired Project 11

Identifying Financial Efficiencies

Retired Project 12

Data Made Easy! The Dashboard Project

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