Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

Over its more than 40 year history, Waubonsee has always dedicated itself to the quest for quality. In fact, quality is one of the college's core values. But in 2003, the college's commitment to quality became more formalized with its participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). A process through which an organization can maintain its accredited status with The Higher Learning Commission, AQIP's goal is to infuse the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities in order to assure and advance the quality of higher education.

Since being accepted into AQIP in August of 2003, Waubonsee has focused its efforts on improving student learning and meeting other stakeholders' needs using AQIP's three cycles of quality improvement:

  • Action Cycle: A one-year cycle that drives continuous improvement through three to four active AQIP Action Projects.
  • Strategy Cycle: A four-year cycle that requires the creation and updating of the AQIP Systems Portfolio and participation in the AQIP Strategy Forum process.
  • Accreditation Cycle: A seven-year cycle of quality assurance that reviews the Action Cycles and Strategy Cycles. The Accreditation Cycle includes an AQIP Quality Checkup Visit a year before Reaffirmation of Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.
In spring of 2010, Waubonsee completed its first AQIP cycle, earning the full seven-year reaffirmation of accreditation from the HLC. 


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