February 19, 2008


Posted today on the college's electronic e-mail server, Infolist:


Last Friday, JCCC received its Systems Appraisal Feedback Report from the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission. The link below is to the college’s AQIP page which includes both the report and the AQIP Systems Portfolio that we submitted last October and upon which the report is based. I urge you to look through the review and refer back to areas in the portfolio where review observations are made. The report both suggests potential methods of improving institutional operations and cites current processes that the college has successfully implemented. Overall, I believe the report is an encouraging summary of the systems that JCCC has in place to promote quality improvement.

Two points are salient to understanding the report: First, this report does not validate accreditation. Accreditation status with the Higher Learning Commission through AQIP will be determined in two to three years. At that time, an AQIP team will visit the campus to review our successful processes and to measure how suggestions made in the report have been addressed. The second point is that AQIP focuses exclusively on processes, not on end products, and this is how AQIP differs from the traditional accreditation process. The philosophy behind Continual Quality Improvement programs like AQIP is that quality systems will produce quality outcomes, and this is an approach that JCCC dedicated itself to four years ago when it adopted AQIP.

Since I am a trained AQIP Systems Portfolio Appraiser, I would be more than happy to respond to any questions or comments you may have. I look forward to working with you on analyzing and implementing processes and systems here at JCCC.

Thank you.