Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

  • About AQIP

    Madison College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is a commission member of the North Central Association (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional higher education institutional accreditation bodies in the United States.

    The College is accredited through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process, which has as its focus an emphasis on continuous improvement of the accredited institution. The AQIP process has five core components:

    1. Action Projects
    2. Systems Portfolio Review

    3. Systems Portfolio Appraisal
    4. Strategy Forum
    5. Comprehensive Quality Review

    Madison College’s accreditation was most recently reaffirmed in 2008. A team of peer reviewers visited Madison College and conducted the Comprehensive Quality Review visit March 28-30, 2016, as the final step in reaffirming the College’s accreditation.

    Learn more about the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.

    (December 2015)

  • Timeline

    Madison College has engaged in all AQIP processes (Strategy Forum, Annual Updates, Systems Portfolio and Appraisals, and Quality Checkup visits) for the past 11 years. Throughout this period, the organization works collaboratively with AQIP to ensure that Madison College is committed to quality improvement as well as its compliance with the Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

    The AQIP Pathway has recently replaced the Quality Checkup with the Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR). The CQR is a comprehensive evaluation that now is conducted in Year 8 of the AQIP Pathway. Our scheduled on-site visit was March 28-30, 2016. Our reviewers were the Chair of the Peer Review Team Mr. Timothy G. Allwein, Indiana Institute of Technology; Dr. John B. Gratton, New Mexico State University, Carlsbad; Ms. Lisa Joann Perez Miller, Pratt Community College; Dr. Jody K. Tomanek, Mid-Plains Community College; and Dr. JoAnn I. Simer, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

  • Project Phase and Dates

    Admission to AQIP – August 2001
    Reaffirmation of Accreditation – August 2001, 2008 and June 2016 (expected)
    Vital Focus Process – September 2002, March 2007
    Strategy Forum – February 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2014
    Systems Portfolio – May 2005, 2009 and 2013
    Systems Appraisal – October 2005, September 2009, 2013
    Annual Action Project Updates – Annually since September 2005
    Comprehensive Quality Review – April 2008, March 2016

    Action Project Updates
    1-year cycle → Maintain Portfolio

    Systems Appraisal Submissions
    4-year cycle → Strategy Forums

    CQR Visits
    8-year cycle → Affirmation of Accreditation

    Below are copies of the Systems Portfolios submitted by Madison College and the Systems Appraisal Reports issued by HLC peer reviewers in response to the Systems Portfolios:  

    Final CQR Report (PDF, 1.3 MB)
    The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducted a Comprehensive Quality Review in March, 2016.  This visit was to ensure Madison College met the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.  We successfully met all Core Components and received notification of continued accreditation through 2026.

    Systems Portfolio 2013 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
    The institution provides evidence on how it plans, implements, reports and utilizes data to accomplish its mission and directives. 

    Systems Appraisal Report 2013 (PDF, 15.2MB)
    The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) identifies a peer review team that conducts a Systems Appraisal evaluation of the System Portfolio materials. 

    Systems Portfolio 2009 (PDF, 1.5 MB)

    Systems Appraisal Report 2009 (PDF, 459 KB)

    Systems Appraisal Report 2005 (PDF, 209 KB)

    Below are copies of the reports filed with HLC prior to the HLC peer review site team visit in March 2016: 

    2016 Systems Portfolio Addendum (PDF, 679 KB)
    An updated report delivered to the Higher Learning Commission prior to its 2016 Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR) on-site visit.  The report is a result of HLC changing their AQIP Pathway from a seven-year cycle to an eight-year cycle; this report will not be repeated in the future. 

    2016 Highlights Report (PDF, 356 KB)
    This is a report that is provided to Higher Learning Commission prior to the Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR).  It is a brief highlight of actions, updates, or initiatives that illustrate principles of continuous quality improvements. 

    2016 Multi-Campus Report (PDF, 496 KB)
    An institution that operates multiple campuses in addition to the main campus must provide a review the branch campuses prior to the Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR).

    2016 Federal Compliance Report ( PDF, 533 KB)
    This report assures the institution is compliant in meeting Title IV program responsibilities as well as meeting specific regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Additional information about our 2016 HLC Reaccreditation Site Visit:

    Fall 2015 Convocation Presentation (PDF, 533 KB)
    This report assures the institution is compliant in meeting Title IV program responsibilities as well as meeting specific regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Education. 

  • Action Projects

    Action Projects are based on new opportunities or target systems and processes that have served the college poorly in the past. The project must make a serious and visible difference to performance, embody challenging but attainable and measurable goals, stretch the organization to learn and to excel in new ways, and focus on both efficiency and benefits to students and other stakeholders. Institutions must maintain and share three or four Action Project Updates annually to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on the progress or completion of each project. AQIP provides written feedback on these reports.

    View a list of Active Action Projects.

  • Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR)

    The final component in the process of the reaffirmation of accreditation is the Comprehensive Quality Review (formerly known as a Quality Check-up) site visit by a team of peer reviewers selected by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In advance of the site visit, the peer review team reviews the college’s two Systems Portfolio Reviews, its Action Projects, its Federal Compliance Report, its Highlight Report, and other relevant materials to assess whether the college is meeting the criteria for reaffirmation of accreditation. These reports can be found on the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) web page. Additionally, on behalf of the HLC, the college administers a survey instrument to students and requests public comment on the work of the college. HLC directly receives the data from the student survey and the comments of the public and provides that information directly to the peer review team. As the college has multiple campuses, the 2016 peer review team has selected to visit the Truax, Commercial Avenue, Portage and Reedsburg campuses.

    The peer review team will document the college’s compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation and federal requirements. The peer review team will also comment upon advances in continuous improvement at the college and offer a recommendation related to the continuation of the college’s accreditation. The Institutional Actions Council, a decision-making body of the HLC, acts upon the recommendation of the peer review team regarding reaffirmation of accreditation.

Students have the right to file complaint with the Higher Learning Commission.