AQIP: Academic Quality Improvement Program Higher Learning Commission-NCA www.aqip.org Lynette Olson, Office of the Chancellor, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Presentation Objectives Review Value of Accreditation Describe Continuous Quality Improvement Approach to Accreditation Compare AQIP and PEAQ (traditional process) Impact for Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Identify needs for further training/development Regional Accreditation Associations of peer institutions that provide assurance to the public that institutions have met agency’s requirements and criteria and that there are reasonable grounds to believe it will continue to do so. NCA—North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; North Central region--19 states, 6 regions HLC--Higher Learning Commission, division of NCA HLC/NCA What is the Value of Accreditation? Board of Trustees requirement for each Minnesota State College and University Standard of quality Incentive for self improvement Basis for decisions on transferability of credits Required for students to access financial aid (Reauthorization Act, 2004) HLC/NCA Mission: Serving the common good by assuring and advancing quality HLC/NCA Values Future Oriented Organization Four Themes: Learning Focused Organization Connected Organization Distinctive Organization Four Themes Valued Future Oriented Organization Engages in planning Driven by mission Understands change Learning Focused Organization Assessment of learning Supports learning Creates capacity for learning Four Themes Valued (Cont.) Connected Organization Serves the common good Creates a culture of service Collaborative/Partnerships Distinctive Organization Mission driven Welcomes accountability HLC Strategic Priorities 1. Increase focus of accreditation on Quality of higher learning 2. Multiple accreditation processes (e.g. AQIP), emphasis on institutions own processes of Quality Assurance, Quality Improvement, accreditation based on integrity of processes and results. 3. Expand HLC services to assure/advance Quality in higher learning 4. Share effective practices to promote Quality in higher learning PEAQ (Program to Evaluate & Advance Quality) New Criteria 1. Mission and Integrity Organization operates with integrity to ensure the fulfillment of its mission 2. Preparing for the Future Allocation of resources & planning are demonstrated – to fulfill its mission 3. Student Learning, Effective Teaching Organization provides evidence of student achievement & teaching effectiveness to fulfill its mission 4. Acquiring, Creating, Applying Knowledge Organization promotes a life of learning for its faculty, administration, staff and students. Social responsibility is consist with mission 5. Engagement and Service Organization identifies its constituencies and serves them in ways both value according to the mission Report on Operational Indicators PEAQ – Program to Evaluate & Advance Quality Self-study Criteria Onsite visit-consultant-evaluators Review Panel or Reader’s Review Commission acts on accreditation/reaccredidation for 5-10 years Institution may have a requirement for a focus visit or progress report PEAQ Institutions Winona State University Fondu Lac CC Bemidji State University Itasca CC Mn West Community and Technical Mesabi Range CC College Vermillion CC Central Lakes College Hibbing CC St Paul College Normandale CC St Cloud State University North Hennepin CC Southwest State University Pine Technical College Anoka Ramsey CC Mn State Community & Technical Anoka-Hennepin TC College Century Community & Technical Northland Community & Technical College College Dakota County TC South Central Technical College Minnesota State University, Minnesota State University Mankato Moorhead AQIP Members (www.aqip.org) • Alexandria Technical • Rochester Community & College Technical College • Lake Superior College • Ridgewater College • St. Cloud Technical • Hennepin Technical College College • Inver Hills Community • Rainy River College College • Northwest Technical • Minneapolis Technical & College – Bemidji Community College Campus • Metro State University • Riverland Community • Minnesota State College College – Southeast Technical Why AQIP? An Institutional Choice Reasons for PEAQ Reasons for AQIP Initial accreditation Institutional Reasons Probation Culture for change Institutional reasons Strategic planning initiatives Wish to establish Involvement with CQI traditional credibility initiatives Cultural Baldrige Buy in CQIN Financial resources Minnesota Quality Award Governance change Credibility outside education Leadership change Providing CQI training CT/CE Mission Leadership What Makes AQIP Different from PEAQ (Traditional Re-accreditation) Focuses on themes, patterns and processes across the institution Visioning for the future Empowers faculty and staff--Conversation Days Supports engaging and developing peoples talents – team oriented A Continuous Improvement Process Focuses on Results – Not procedures or organizational structure Goal Orientated – Encourages flexible approaches Common Vision – Fosters understanding and communications Aligns all Resources – Supports innovation & diversity AQIP Framework: Nine Criteria Ten Values/Principles Criteria— ASKS…. What Do You Do and How? Are you doing the right things – that are most important in order to achieve your mission and goals? Are you doing those things well – effectively, efficiently, in ways that satisfy your customers? AQIP Criteria Understanding Students’ Planning Continuous and Stakeholders’ Needs Improvement Valuing People Building Collaborative Leading and Relationships Communicating Helping Students Learn Supporting Institutional Accomplishing Other Operations Distinctive Objectives Measuring Effectiveness AQIP vs. Baldrige Criteria Guiding Values or Principles— The Way You Do It and Why? High Performance Organizations are Built on Principles Research indicates that common principles permeate institutions that have achieved a systematic approach to quality Principle qualities underlie all of the criteria, processes, and services – they represent the values that AQIP is built on Guiding Values (Principles) for Academic Improvement Focus – Mission, vision Collaboration – Encourages Involvement – Broad based, active partnerships encourages ownership Agility – Responds to change Leadership – Modeling, Foresight – Thinks into the future values Information – Seek and use Learning – Develops data to assess performance everyone’s potential Integrity –Recognizes and People – Invests in its people fulfills its responsibility AQIP Process Prepare Assess Engage Discern Commit to Action - AQIP Contract Prepare • Interest Exploration • Vital Focus Design Team Training • Vital Focus Exploration Conversations • Increase campus involvement • Build an understanding of AQIP • Collectively agree on priorities, strategies, and action projects • Create a sense of ownership & responsibility for culture change Assess Constellation Survey-AQIP Baldrige Express Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN) Trailblazer Pathfinders Engage Results & Report: Constellation AQIP All College Conversation Day AQIP Conversation Summary Report AQIP Discern Complete a Strategy for Action Workbook Attend a Strategy Forum-Peer Review Select Action Projects External Feedback Loop Commit to Action AQIP Contract Annual Reports—Action Projects System’s Portfolio—every 3 years Reaffirmation of Accreditation—by the 7th year—onsite if no HLC visit in last 7 years AQIP Is Evolving……. Project Pew Grant Criteria, Principles Process: Strategy Forum, Systems Portfolio Support: Vital Focus, Constellation Day Training: Facilitators, Design Leaders, Reviewers Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Review, November 2002 Operational Indicators (AQIP and Traditional) Report in 2004 Demographics Financial Strength-public Student headcount Net operating income/deficit Student status FT/PT Chg fund balance/expense Entering student enrollment Expendable assets/debt Faculty, staff, admin, headcount Debt service Faculty status FT/PT Bond rating Programs Scope of Activities Number List of sites-headcount Addition/deletion Dual enrollment headcount HS Completion rates Distance education degree and FYE generated: certificate programs—modality Undergrad/grad; Consortia/collaborative FT/PT faculty arrangements Instructional cost/FYE Impact on Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Accountability Data collection, dissemination, analysis Support for accreditation activities Policy Linkage to Accountability & Performance Reporting Strategic Plan Chancellor’s Work Plan – Specific goal to make adjustments as necessary to improve efficiency and effectiveness Performance Indicators Data Collection & Analysis Annual Report with Operational Indicators replaces BID’s Web based collection – HCL Database Accurate data Trend data Benchmarking data—across system and with other higher ed institutions Decisions built on results from the data Office of the Chancellor Support Data Institutional Portfolio Tool www.template.project.mnscu.edu Representative on site comprehensive visits focus visits requested by institutions participation in AQIP activities Institutional Change Requests—distance education MN Online Accreditation Project MnQIP MnQIP Action Projects Data and Measures Training and Development Better Practices Questions What training/development do I need now?
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