Academic Quality Improvement Program
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Academic Quality Improvement Program


Academic Quality Improvement Program
Launched in July 1999 with a generous grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) infuses the principles and benefits of continuous quality improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative pathway through which a previously-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 as continuously striving to improve their performance.

Saint Paul College was admitted into AQIP in October, 2005. The College’s last Reaffirmation of Accreditation through AQIP was in 2011-2012. Saint Paul College is fully accredited through the Higher Learning Commission through 2019.

AQIP Quality Checkup Visit
In Spring, 2012, Saint Paul College received a positive Quality Checkup site visit from the Higher Learning Commission’s (HLC) AQIP team. The purpose of the visit was to determine if the institution met the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation, applied quality management principles and maintained a culture of continuous improvement as required by AQIP. In the team’s judgment, the institution presented evidence that it met the goals of the Quality Checkup. The College’s approach, documentation and performance were acceptable and complied with the Commission and AQIP’s expectations.

AQIP Action Projects
After its acceptance as an AQIP institution in Fall 2005, a team of faculty, staff and administrators from Saint Paul College attended a May 2006 AQIP Strategy Forum in Lisle, Illinois, to provide the College with a supportive, peer review process to assist it in selecting three or four Action Projects to drive quality improvement. In 2010 the College sent a second team to a Strategy Forum, and will send a new team every four years. The Action Projects serve to strengthen the College’s commitment to continuous improvement, improve processes to increase the institution’s success in achieving its goals and motivate faculty, staff and administrators in the area of quality improvement.

AQIP Systems Portfolio

2013 AQIP Systems Portfolio

Updated Systems Portfolio as of March 2012

Systems Portfolio 2009

In November, 2009, Saint Paul College submitted its first Systems Portfolio. The Systems Portfolio covers the nine AQIP Categories, describing processes, results, and improvement in each system, and shows evidence that the institution continues to meet the Higher Learning Commission's five Criteria for Accreditation. This portfolio was recognized as one of four invited AQIP Systems Portfolios to exhibit at the Higher Learning Commission Conference in Spring, 2010.