The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. To contact the Higher Learning Commission call (800) 621-7440.
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.
Current Action Projects
- Student Transfer Initiative - Phase 1
- Student Success Program - Phase 2
- Academic Standards and Student Advisement Holds
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.
- Action Projects (2012-2013)
Transitioning Adult Students, Student Success Project (SSP), Barriers to Completion - Phase II
- Action Projects (2011-2012)
Cohort Scheduling, Online Readiness, Barriers to Completion - Phase I
- Action Projects (2010-2011)
Branding, High Impact Courses for First Year Student, Success of Male Students
- Action Projects (2009-2010)
Strategic Planning, College Readiness, Sustainability
- Action Projects (2008-2009)
First Year Student Philosophy Development and Implementation Plan, New Student Orientation Enhancement, Diversity Model/Structure
- Action Projects (2007-2008)
FoE Self-Study: New Students, FoE Self-Study: First-Year Students, FoE Self-Study: Citizens
- Action Projects (2006-2007)
Governance Analysis, Facilities Assessment and Student Advising
- Action Projects (2003-2006)
Systems Portfolio, English-Language Learners/ESL, Developmental Reading and Writing, General Education and Communications
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.
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