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Accreditation is the process of being validated as a viable post-secondary instructional institution as defined by the US. Department of Education via the regional accreditation agency (Higher Learning Commission (NCA). Central Community College was approved as an AQIP school in the summer of 2002 by NCA/ Higher Learning Commission and has been working continuously improving the processes in the institution.

Central Community College has participated in (AQIP) as its primary means of accreditation since 2002. AQIP provides an alternative evaluation process for Colleges already accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (NCA) and is based on continuous quality improvement vs. methods used in past accreditation models. In 2012 the Higher Learning Commission (NCA) integrated the (Pathway) model to all accreditation methods and at that time AQIP was renamed the AQIP Pathway. CCC has completed one full seven year reaffirmation cycle (as of January 2009). The College is scheduled to publish its third Systems Portfolio in October of 2013, followed by attending its sixth Strategy Forum in early 2014. 


The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) provides an alternative evaluation process for organizations already accredited by the Commission. AQIP is structured around quality improvement principles and processes and involves a structured set of goal-setting, networking, and accountability activities. AQIP uses direct, cost-effective processes including AQIP’s Strategy Forums, Systems Appraisals, and various other services. 

AQIP’s Principles of High Performance Organizations describe the characteristics participating colleges and universities strive to embed within their culture. Research and experience indicate that these principles—Focus, Involvement, Leadership, Learning, People, Collaboration, Agility, Foresight, Information, and Integrity—permeate organizations that have achieved a systematic approach to continuous quality improvement.



  • AQIP infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities in order to assure and advance the quality of higher education.
  • AQIP allows an organization to demonstrate that it meets The Higher Learning Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation and other expectations through processes that align with the ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving continuously to improve their performance.


AQIP Principles

AQIP’s principles of High Performance Organizations underlie all of AQIP’s elements, activities and procedures. They represent the values that participating colleges, universities, and AQIP itself strive to embody.

  • A mission and vision that focus on serving students’ and other stakeholders’ needs.
  • Leaders and leadership systems that support a quality culture.
  • Respect for people and willingness to invest in them.
  • Agility, flexibility, and responsiveness to changing needs and conditions.
  • Fact-based information-gathering and thinking to support analysis and decision-making.
  • Broad-based faculty, staff, and administrative involvement.
  • A learning-centered environment.
  • Collaboration and a shared institutional focus.
  • Planning for innovation and improvement.
  • Integrity and responsible institutional citizenship.














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Written by Vijaya Musunuru   
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 20:23