The M State Story

M State is a multi-campus college that serves the metropolitan Fargo-Moorhead area and rural areas of northwestern Minnesota. Each of M State's four campuses offers a comprehensive list of certificates, diplomas and associate degrees in occupational programs as well as a transferable associate in arts degree. M State has one of the most established and diverse online programs available through a two-year college, allowing students to complete their entire associate in arts degree or various career/technical programs online.

M State embraces the value and need for continuous improvement in all areas including curricular, student service, governance, operation and fiscal management. M State has done amazingly well in implementing innovative and strategic changes that have allowed the college to adjust to the paradigm shift created by new technologies, increasingly diverse student needs and expectations, and unsettled economic times. We are looking forward to the ongoing use of the evidence-based planning processes of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) to keep our college focused on continuous improvement needs and opportunities.

Accreditation Status: The Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees approved M State as an AQIP Participant on 10/27/2009. M State is a fully accredited institution with no outstanding stipulations on its affiliation status. Our first Systems Portfolio was submitted in June 2013.


Continuous Improvement

Our AQIP Systems Portfolio demonstrates M State's ongoing effort to integrate the nine AQIP processes into its culture. M State focuses on continuous improvement. The portfolio logs the college's activities, achievements, improvement plans and processes within each of the nine AQIP categories. Documents and links providing evidence for our portfolio progress can be found in the document repository.

The 125-page AQIP Portfolio is available below, along with the Executive Summary, which highlights key evidence of the criterion and demonstrates how M State continues to meet and exceed the commission's requirements for reaffirmation of accreditation.


Strategic Planning

Through a comprehensive process that included many stakeholders, Minnesota State Community and Technical College updated its strategic plan in 2011-2012, with the final document approved by the President's Cabinet and published in July 2012.

The primary updates to the plan include:

■ Revised vision statement
■ Revised mission statement
■ Alignment of goals with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System goals and strategic framework


HLC Federal Compliance Review

The Higher Learning Commission expects its affiliated institutions to comply with the Title IV requirements of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act as amended in 1998. M State has compiled a Federal Compliance Packet with documentation regarding the institution's program responsibilities for review and consideration for the HLC evaluators and M State stakeholders.


AQIP Action Projects

To meet continued accreditation requirements, M State is required to maintain three active Action Projects to record activities toward improvement. When a project is completed, another one will begin in its place. The knowledge and skills gained from past projects will aid in the selection, scope and definition of new projects.

A proposed project is any outcome M State is committed to achieving that involves research, resources, collaborative input, and more than one action step to complete. All action projects are reviewed and approved by the AQIP Steering Committee.

Last modified: November 18th, 2013 at 10:17am