AQIP is HCC's path to maintaining its accreditation! AQIP stands for the Academic Quality Improvement Program, which is an alternative accreditation process developed by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It consists of a continuous process of examining institutional practices and working together to identify needed improvements. A minimum of three Action Projects are always active, with at least one focusing on the core function of the college: Helping Students Learn.
HCC was accepted as an AQIP college in October 2005 and initiated its first set of four Action Projects in Fall 2006. By the end of the fourth year the college prepared a 2009 Systems Portfolio that served as the functional equivalent of the self-study. In addition, HCC received valuable feedback about the initial Systems Portfolio in the Fall 2009 semester in the form of a Systems Appraisal Feedback Report. That document is now available online at 2009 Systems Appraisal Feedback Report.
Most recently in 2013, the College submitted an updated 2013 Systems Portfolio and received feedback on that document from the Higher Leaning Commission in Spring of 2014. That feedback can be found here: 2013 Systems Appraisal Feedback.