AQIP Pathway Overview

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M State AQIP Pathway Map

The college is committed to continuously working and striving for the next level of educational excellence for our students and stakeholders by following the AQIP Pathway, which is an eight-year cycle.

The following 2017-2022 accreditation map below highlights where M State is in the current cycle:

  • June 1, 2017 - Submit systems portfolio
  • 2017-2018 - Possible comprehensive quality review
  • 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 - Attend one Strategy Forum
  • 2020-2021 - Submit systems portfolio
  • 2021-2022 - Federal compliance filing and comprehensive quality review (final review of criteria for accreditation)
  • Ongoing - Action Projects


AQIP Pathway Overview

M State participates the HLC AQIP Pathway, which is an eight-year accreditation cycle focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, as well as an added emphasis on continuous quality improvement.

The AQIP Pathway eight-year cycle includes the following:

Regular Monitoring

Timeline: Annually

M State will submit an annual Institutional Update, which is reviewed by HLC to monitor organizational health, comply with certain federal requirements and identify any changes that may require HLC follow-up.

Action Projects

Timeline: Ongoing

M State will maintain at least three short-term projects, with at least one project focused on student learning, that the institution believes will have the most impact on quality improvement.

Strategy Forums

Timeline: Years 1-2 and 5-6

M State will participate in two Strategy Forums as part of the eight-year cycle. Strategy Forums bring together teams from institutions on the AQIP Pathway to generate new strategies for institutional improvement. Teams share constructive feedback on their quality systems and Action Projects.

Systems Portfolios and Appraisals

Timeline: Years 3 and 7

In Years 3 and 7, M State will complete a systems portfolio to demonstrate that the criteria for accreditation are being met.

Comprehensive Quality Review

Timeline: Year 8

At the end of the eight-year cycle, institutions undergo a Comprehensive Quality Review as part of a broader comprehensive evaluation to ensure they are meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, pursuing institutional improvement and complying with certain requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education. This review leads to an action regarding the reaffirmation of the institution's accreditation.


Last modified: January 4th, 2017 at 08:03am