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 Accreditation

front entrance largeHigher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

Illinois Valley Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) which is a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Illinois Valley Community College was accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) through the HLC in November, 2002. As an AQIP institution, IVCC structures its accreditation around quality improvement processes and systems.

You can find more information on the accreditation process, AQIP, or The Higher Learning Commission by visiting their websites or by contacting the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
(800) 621-7440
http://www.ncahlc.org/

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)
http://www.aqip.org 

AQIP

AQIPlogo20003 Introduction to AQIP (PDF)

The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is an alternative 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.

AQIP allows an organization to demonstrate that it meets The Higher Learning Commission's Criteria for Accreditation and other expectations through processes that align with the ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving continuously to improve their performance. By sharing both its improvement activities and their results through AQIP, an organization develops the structure and systems essential to achieving the distinctive higher education mission it has set for itself - and the evidence to enable the Commission to reaffirm accreditation.

AQIP Cycles

AQIP is a quality improvement program and a quality assurance program for higher education organizations. It operates by involving participating institutions in three distinct cycles that occur simultaneously. Each cycle has a different duration and sequence of distinctive processes.

Action Cycle: A one-year cycle 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 participating 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.

Systems Portfolio

2007 AQIP Systems Portfolio

2011 AQIP Systems Portfolio (PDF)

The Systems Portfolio consists of an Institutional Overview and sections on each of the nine AQIP Categories. The Institutional Overview presents a picture that helps readers understand the institution's key strengths, ambiitons, distinctions, and advantages, and explains the challenges, competitors, contests, and conflicts. It provides a context for appreciating the institution's choices and decisions as readers learn more about the systems, processes, and performance. The sections on the nine AQIP Categories answer sprecific questions dealing with processes, results, and improvement. IVCC has submitted two Systems Portfolio's since joining AQIP. They can be viewed in their entirety by clicking the links above.

For further information on IVCC's Systems Portfolio or to find out how to become involved in the next Systems Portfolio contact:

Dr. Lori Scroggs
Vice President for Learning and Student Development
lori_scroggs@ivcc.edu
815-224-0405

Action Projects

Action Projects strengthen an organization’s commitment to continuous improvement; educate and motivate faculty, staff, and administrators; and improve systems and processes that lead to success in achieving organizational goals.  Each organization concentrates its energies on three or four Action Projects that will most significantly advance its goals. At least one relates directly to Helping Students Learn.

Active Action Projects
Implementation of Learning Outcomes Assessment: Assessment Committee
This action project builds upon the work of the Assessment of General Education Goals Action Project Team (concluded Summer 2010), as well as the progress made through the IVCC Annual Program Outcomes Review developed and implemented in 2008-2009. While these teams each sought to establish a process for assessment, the Assessment Committee Action Project Team seeks to build upon their work and develop a system of general education, program and course assessment that produces results that can be used to improve student learning.

Partnership and Stakeholder Satisfaction Surveys
In cooperation with a group led by Shannon Seballos from Eastern Arizona College (EAC), IVCC will initiate a pilot process to survey key partner and stakeholders in order to better understand their needs, and improve our services to those partners and stakeholders accordingly.

Faculty Productivity and Satisfaction Survey
The goal of this action project is to first develop a local faculty satisfaction survey to replace the HERI, which we have administered three times (at three year intervals). Secondly, leaders of the action project will work on a pilot administration of the survey, and make recommendations for improvement prior to full deployment.

Past Action Projects

Systems Appraisal

The Systems Appraisal complements the intensive work embodied in the Action Projects by asking the organization to take stock of its overall systems for maintaining quality. It also provides stimulus for future Action Projects.  Following standardized evaluation procedures, the Systems Appraisal produces a consensus Appraisal Feedback Report for the institution. This report assesses the maturity of each of the nine systems to which the AQIP Categories refer, identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement within each. In addition, the Systems Appraisal provides an executive summary that may serve as a concise report of the organization’s progress in its quality journey.

For further information on IVCC's Systems Appraisal contact:

Sue Isermann
Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs
Sue_Isermann@ivcc.edu
815-224-0408