Academic Quality Improvement Program

AQIP stands for Academic Quality Improvement Program. It is an accreditation process offered by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC accredits over 1000 institutions of higher education in 19 states, including Indiana.

AQIP is modeled on the principles of continuous quality improvement.  Schools electing to maintain accreditation via AQIP participation are involved in a continuous cycle of Action Project development and Systems Portfolio submission.  Action Projects address problem areas or opportunities for quality improvement and are typically designed for completion within three years of their development.  Annual reports to the HLC monitor progress on each project.  The AQIP Systems Portfolio documents evidence that the university meets standards defined by the six AQIP Categories and the HLC Criteria for Accreditation. Portfolios are submitted to the HLC every four years.   Every seven years, the HLC reviews evidence of positive participation in all AQIP activities and awards schools reaffirmation of accreditation. 

  1. Helping Students Learn
    Helping Students Learn focuses on the design, deployment, and effectiveness of teaching-learning processes (and on the processes required to support them) that underlie the institution's credit and non-credit programs and courses.
  2. Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs
    Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs focuses on determining, understanding and meeting needs of current and prospective students' and other key stakeholders such as alumni and community partners.
  3. Valuing Employees
    Valuing Employees explores the institution's commitment to the hiring, development, and evaluation of faculty, staff, and administrators.
  4. Planning and Leading
    Planning and Leading focuses on how the institution achieves its mission and lives its vision through direction setting, goal development, strategic actions, threat mitigation, and capitalizing on opportunities. 
  5. Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship
    Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship addresses management of the fiscal, physical, technological, and information infrastructures designed to provide an environment in which learning can thrive. 
  6. Quality Overview
    Quality Overview focuses on the Continuous Quality Improvement culture and infrastructure of the institution.  This category gives the institution a chance to reflect on all its quality improvement initiatives, how they are integrated, and how they contribute to improvement of the institution.