AQIP Systems Portfolio

Systems Portfolio 2016

AQIP requires institutions to undergo a Systems Appraisal every four years. The appraisal provides expert, objective, third-party feedback on its strengths and opportunities for improvement and helps the institution determine the next targets for advancing quality through Action Projects and other plans. The Portfolio presents an overview of the institution and answers explicitly all of the questions under each of the nine AQIP Categories.

AQIP Categories

Category 1: Helping Students Learn

  • Identifies the shared purpose of all higher education organizations and is accordingly the pivot of any institutional analysis.
  • Focuses on the teaching-learning processes within a formal instructional context, yet also addresses how the entire organization contributes to student learning and overall student development.
  • Examines processes and systems related to learning objectives, mission-driven student learning and development intellectual climate academic programs and courses.

Category 2: Meeting Student &Other Key Stakeholder Needs

  • Examines how the organization works actively to understand student and other stakeholder needs.
  • Examines processes and systems related to Student and stakeholder identification, student and stakeholder requirements, analysis of student and stakeholder needs, relationship-building with students and stakeholders, complaint collection, analysis, and resolution, determining satisfaction of students and stakeholders.

Category 3: Valuing Employees

  • Explores commitment to the development of faculty, staff, and administrators, since the efforts of all are required for success.
  • Examines processes and systems related to: work and job environment, workforce needs, training initiatives, job competencies and characteristics, recruitment, hiring and retention practices, work processes and activities, training and development, personnel evaluation, recognition, reward, compensation, benefits, motivation factors, satisfaction, health, safety and well-being.

Category 4: Planning and Leading

  • Addresses how the leadership and communication structures, networks, and processes guide the organization in setting directions, making decisions, seeking future opportunities, and building and sustaining a learning environment.
  • Examines processes and systems related to leading activities, alignment of leadership system practices, institutional values and expectations, direction setting, future opportunity seeking, decision-making, use of data, leadership development and sharing, and succession planning.
  • Examines the planning processes and how strategies and action plans are helping achieve the mission and vision.

Category 5: Knowledge Management & Resource Stewardship

  • Examines processes and systems related to student support, administrative support, identification of needs, and contribution to student learning and accomplishing other distinctive objectives, day-to-day operations and use of data.
  • Examines how the organization collects, analyzes, and uses information to manage itself and to drive performance improvement.
  • Examines processes and systems related to collection, storage, management and use of information and data at the institutional and departmental/unit levels.

Category 6: Quality Overview

  • Examines the culture of continuous quality improvement and instruction of the institution.
  • Addresses how prior quality initiatives contribute to improving the institution

Innovation Exchange

AQIP, through its mission, is obligated to helping participating quality-focused colleges and universities share the successful innovations, initiatives, and improvements that they have developed with each other and with the higher education community, nationally and internationally. The achievements of AQIP institutions committed to continuous improvement represent the “best of the best” in higher education, and sharing these innovative practices celebrates the outstanding colleges and universities responsible for them while stimulating overall improvement in the quality of higher education