Inver Hills Community College is committed to continual improvement. The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is an alternative accreditation method of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). AQIP employs a quality-improvement model. Inver Hills was admitted to AQIP on Nov. 22, 2002.
The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is one of several pathways leading to reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). AQIP is premised on principles of continuous quality improvement, and its various processes and requirements are designed to assist institutions in achieving quality improvement, along with reaffirming the institution’s accredited status with the HLC once every AQIP cycle. Many institutions have reported transforming their quality cultures since embarking on the AQIP Pathway.
The eight–year AQIP cycle includes five review systems:
Inver Hills Community College's accreditation was most recently reaffirmed by the Higher Learning Commission NCA in spring 2010. At the time, Inver Hills was on the seven-year AQIP pathway. HLC has since migrated to an eight-year AQIP pathway.
Each year since the most recent reaffirmation of accreditation, Inver Hills has submitted an Annual Institutional Update to HLC and has had three action projects annually.
A team of representatives from Inver Hills attended a Strategy Forum in spring 2015.
A team of peer reviewers will visit Inver Hills Community College and conduct a Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR) visit March 20-22, 2017 as the final step in reaffirming the College's accreditation in this cycle.
Inver Hills Community College began preparing for the spring 2017 Comprehensive Quality Review visit in fall 2015 through the work of the college's Institutional Effectiveness Committee. Throughout fall 2015 and spring 2016, members of the IEC worked to assess evidence that the College is meeting expectations regarding HLC's Assumed Practices and Criteria for Accreditation and Core Components.
In addition, in summer 2016, the College began working on the Federal Compliance Filing component of the CQR. The Federal Compliance Filing demonstrates the College's compliance with federal mandates, HLC policies, and Title IV program responsibilities. Subject matter experts throughout the College gathered evidence to contribute to the Federal Compliance Filing document. The Federal Compliance Filing was submitted to HLC in January 2017.
In fall 2016, the College began working on the Quality Highlights document and the Portfolio Addendum. The Quality Highlights document provides new information and updates that were not available when the Systems Portfolio was submitted in 2014. The Quality Highlights document was submitted to the Higher Learning Commission in early February, 2017.
The Portfolio Addendum document contains information describing how the institution meets the criteria for accreditation. Subject matter experts throughout the College gathered evidence, reviewed and offered comments throughout the writing process. The Portfolio Addendum document was submitted to the Higher Learning Commission in early February 2017.
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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states in the North Central region, including Minnesota.
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The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Peer Review Team has reviewed the Inver Hills Community College AQIP Systems Portfolio. The college’s Systems Appraisal Feedback Report was delivered to the campus community in late 2014.
The Accounting, Contemporary Business and Contemporary Business Practice programs have been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
The Emergency Medical Services program has been awarded national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
The Paralegal program is approved by the American Bar Association. Learn more by visiting Current ABA Definition of Legal Assistant/Paralegal and Approval Process Materials.