In Fall 2000, Kent State University was accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP). Participation in AQIP requires member universities to participate in or develop the following:
- Strategy Forums - workshops that provide a supportive, peer review process, that allows the university to select meaningful Action Projects that will enhance institutional quality;
- Action Projects - initiatives that improve quality by directly impacting the university's ability to help students learn (3-4 must take place simultaneously);
- Action Project Progress Reports - progress reports are submitted to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) annually to report progress based on goals and measures, challenges encountered, and any notable accomplishments.
- Systems Portfolio - an institutional self-study highlighting the university's efforts to accomplish the mission of the university, using the nine AQIP categories;
- Systems Appraisal - produced by a team of external reviewers, the Systems Appraisal is a feedback report that identifies strengths and opportunities for improvement within the Systems Portfolio; and
- Quality Check-Up (Site Visit) - a site visit by trained evaluators seeking to confirm the accuracy of the Systems Portfolio, evaluate the strategies identified to address each Action Project, ensure a commitment to continuous quality improvement, and affirm that the institution complies with accreditation expectations set forth by the HLC.
North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission Accrediting Site Visits
2014 Site Visit
The next site visit is scheduled April 2-4, 2014. The visiting team will visit the Kent, Stark, and East Liverpool campuses. Additional information will be available soon.
2007 Site Visit
The last site visit occurred April 11-13, 2007. Visiting team members included:
Dr. Glen W. Davidson
Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Dr. Dwight L. Smith, III
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Miami Dade College