Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)
Owens Community College is a member of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) HLC/NCA. Owens is dedicated to providing its students a superior educational experience. By becoming involved in AQIP, Owens has chosen to be a part of many other institutions of higher education and strive toward a culture that is committed to constant positive change and a continuous quality improvement for our students to be successful.
The Academic Quality Improvement Program supports continuous performance improvement in higher education. AQIP provides an alternative process for colleges and universities to maintain their regional accreditation.
The Higher Learning Commission launched AQIP in 1999 with a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Currently over 150 institutions demonstrate they meet the Higher Learning Commission's accreditation standards through challenging activities that naturally fit with their work to improve their key systems enabling higher performance.
By sharing both their process improvements and performance results, organizations participating in AQIP provide the Higher Learning Commission with the evidence to make public quality assurance judgments and nudge them to excel in the distinctive higher education mission each has identified. To accomplish these goals, AQIP continuously works to deploy and improve an innovative array of cost-effective, high-tech processes.
Details about action projects, strategy forums, systems portfolios and appraisals, checkup visits, and reaffirmation of accreditation are available on this website. AQIP also provides avenues for individuals to expand their understanding of quality and systematic improvement by participating as peer reviewers in its processes and other services.
AQIP is an alternative process to maintain accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission.