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Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

Current Action Projects

  • Action Projects (2016-2017)
    •  - Aligning CLC's Financial and Strategic Plans
    •  - Credit for Prior Learning
    •  - Sustainability across the Curriculum

Strategic Plan

The strategic plan will be used to set CLC's priorities and allocate resources.
Read the plan.

About AQIP

In spring 2002, the College of Lake County Board of Trustees approved the College's participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), a Continuous Improvement model of accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). According to the HLC, the aim of this program is to achieve positive institutional change through a culture of continuous improvement and specific Action Projects. Teams, composed of faculty and staff, are responsible for planning and implementing the Action Projects.

Quality Check-up Visit

The Higher Learning Commission's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) conducts Quality Checkup site visits to each institution during the fifth or sixth year in every seven-year cycle of AQIP participation. These visits are conducted by trained, experienced AQIP Reviewers to determine whether the institution continues to meet The Higher Learning Commission's Criteria for Accreditation, and whether it is using quality management principles and building a culture of continuous improvement as participation in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) requires.

The College of Lake County's Check-up Visit occurred in February 2009. A Quality Summary (PDF), which highlights continuous improvement efforts and accomplishments of the college, was completed as part of the visit. Once the visit was completed the AQIP reviewers completed their Quality Check-up Report (PDF). A Quality Highlight (PDF) document was sent to AQIP in August 2009 to provide an overview of the colleges accomplishments since the Quality Check-up Visit.

Past Projects

Continuous Improvement

Action Projects are designed to be a continuous series of projects; as each one is completed, a new one emerges. The Systems Portfolio report and support documents provide a comprehensive review of the College of Lake County's policies, practices and performance. It investigates how the institution serves key stakeholders, how the AQIP projects fit into current processes and will be a reference point for future Continuous Improvement at the college.