Northwood University Quality Improvement Program (NUQIP)
The concept of NUQIP is adapted from the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). AQIP is the Higher Learning Commission’s continuous improvement pathway for accreditation and reaffirmation of accreditation, and by adopting a similar acronym we show our commitment to both the AQIP pathway, and quality improvement which is critical to our way of life at Northwood University. As a university focusing on business education, Northwood University is committed to continuous improvement, both in our global operations and the classroom.
What is LEAD?
LEAD stands for Learn, Engage, Assess, and Deploy.
Northwood University systematically reviews student outcome data including, enrollment data, graduation rates, employment data, and the results of student outcome through the
Starting in the 2016-2017 academic year, Northwood University has added an Annual Program Report to supplement the Curriculum and Program Review Process. This report allows Program Quality Leaders (PQLs) to gather data and do some preliminary analysis on an annual basis. The items in the Annual Program Report map directly into the Program Review Process, and enable us to monitor our progress during the review cycle. The annual report will contain advisory council activities, assessment data, and analysis. If the results of the annual review process necessitate a complete analysis, it will trigger a program review in the next year.
The system is a continuous improvement cycle which addresses both student learning outcomes and the effectiveness of the system itself. Improvements to the assessment system are vital to support the institution’s strategic priorities and helps ensure the ongoing relevance, vitality, and financial strength of Northwood, serve our internal and external stakeholders’ current and emerging needs, and provide students with a world-class business education. The system is adapted from the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and is represented graphically below:
Northwood University Assessment System