"The Academic Quality Improvement program (AQIP) is one of several pathways leading to accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. Others include the Open and Standard Pathways. AQIP differs from the other pathways in that it is premised on principles of continuous quality improvement, and its various processes and requirements are designed to assist institutions in achieving quality improvement, along with reaffirming the institution’s accredited status with the Commission once every AQIP cycle. Many institutions have reported transforming their quality cultures since embarking on the AQIP Pathway.

Launched in July 1999 with a generous grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Commission's 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. An institution in AQIP demonstrates how it meets accreditation standards and expectations through a sequence of events that align with the ongoing activities of an institution striving to improve its performance."

The AQIP Pathway (n.d.). Retrieved August 1, 2013 from http://www.ncahlc.org/Table/AQIP/

In 2012 South Central College (SCC) applied to and was granted approval from the Higher Learning Commission to follow the AQIP pathway.  Since that time, the college has worked to inform and engage its consitituencies toward a culture of continuous quality improvement.  Members of the AQIP Steering Committee have developed several informationational tools to help spread the word about AQIP at SCC.


Click the image to see the unveiling of the community designed and selected SCC AQIP logo.





At SCC we are committed to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI).  Click the image to see how SCC uses the principles of CQI.





Institutions that embrace the principles of CQI share characteristics indicative of High Performance Institutions.  Click the image and explore the ways in which SCC exemplifies these characteristics.





Under the AQIP model institutions participate in three distinct reporting cycles.  Click the image to learn more about how SCC will communicate with the Higher Learning Commission.





One way institutions demonstrate Continuous Quality Improvement is through Action Project development, selection and completion.  Click the image to learn how SCC constituencies can contribute to Action Projects at SCC.





AQIP and Continuous Quality Improvement are not just about a select few.  They involve everyone at the college.  SCC needs ideas and individuals to make our efforts a success.  Click the image to see how you can get involved.