Who can participate? A.Commission-accredited organizations B.Organizations not accreditable by the Commission C.Quality-focused academic or other units within larger organizations
Learning more About AQIP Interest Exploration Sessions AQIP and Commission publications AQIP institutions Conference sessions and presentations Telephone (800 621-7440) and email (AQIP@hlcommission.org)AQIP@hlcommission.org Website
On www.AQIP.org Downloadable information sheets List of current participating institutions Principles and Criteria for Academic Quality Improvement Details on AQIP procedures and activities: –Application and Admission –Strategy Forum and Action Projects –Systems Portfolio & Portfolio Appraisal –Services, Resources, Costs
PEAQ AQIP A Commission- accredited organization can choose either of two roads to maintain its accredited status
Sequence for AQIP process attend Strategy Forum and commit to Action Projects, annually updated prepare public Systems Portfolio receive actionable feedback report from Portfolio Appraisal team request reports or site visits on specific improvement issues (if desired)
Are you ready? Is your institution willing to make the investment of effort necessary to focus on continuous quality improvement? Is your institution's agenda free from the distractions that would prevent it from paying attention to quality improvement? Does your institution understand how continuous improvement differs from “business as usual”? Have you identified some prospective targets for Action Projects?
Applying to AQIP Application reviews every two months Application forms, instructions, and sample available on-line 12 direct questions - concise application does not require extensive documentation Prompt decisions with clear, actionable reasons if deferred Assistance available from AQIP staff at all times
AQIP isn’t just a relationship with the Commission office. It’s a collaboration with vibrant organizations working together to improve their performance to meet the needs of those they serve.
Collaboration and Network Strategy Forums AQIP’s bi-monthly “News to Use” website Action Project Directory website Systems Portfolio Dialogues Workshops and seminars AQIP Peer Reviewers Systems Appraisals
Focus on proving institution meets fundamental expectations Focus on the institution continually improving performance over time Available to all accredited and candidate institutions Open only to accredited institutions not on probation or sanction Institution’s “peers” limited to those similar in control, scope, degrees, mission, size, etc. Institutions’ “peers” include all colleges and universities actively pursuing continuous improvement PEAQ (traditional procedure) vs. AQIP
Criteria require institution to provide evidence under 5 broad categories AQIP Criteria ask probing questions about processes, results, and improvement for 9 critical institutional systems Visiting team identifies concerns that require response Institution identifies Action Projects that drive improvement May require focused visits or monitoring reports on specific concerns Action projects crafted to address institution’s concerns and priorities PEAQ (traditional procedure) vs. AQIP
Self-study and site visit can constitute sole event in 10 year cycle Annual+ interaction with Commission during 4 year cycle New self-study Report created for each comprehensive visit Concise Systems Portfolio created once and then updated annually Institutions not meeting minimum expectations placed on probation or lose accreditation Institutions not continually improving return to PEAQ procedure PEAQ (traditional procedure) vs. AQIP
No differences Same dues Same organizational indicator report Same policies (federal compliance, institutional change, complaints, etc.)
Comparative costs/benefits PEAQ Self-study process Comprehensive team visit Focused visits or reports AQIP Strategy Forum Feedback on Action project updates System Portfolio Appraisal feedback
Other Cost Issues Costs of not identifying waste, improvements, and efficiencies Costs of not seizing new opportunities Costs of not crafting an organizational culture that helps the institution succeed Cost of standing still while the competition moves ahead
AQIP Peer Reviewers Vital Focus Facilitators Strategy Forum Facilitators Annual Update Reviewers Systems Portfolio Appraisers Coaches and Consultants Admission and other Panelists
Apply on-line or contact Lynn Priddy Rozumalski 800 621-7440, ext. 129 or LPR@hlcommission.org for information.