The Academic Quality Improvement Process is used to improve academic programs through ongoing self-assessment as provided by the AQIP process. Departmental review fosters a strong and positive sense of each unit's identity and contributions to the educational mission of Kent State University. Every four years, Kent State University's Academic Quality Improvement Program undergoes a Systems Appraisal to reaffirm its accreditation.  The Systems Appraisal is an opportunity to get expert, objective, and third party feedback on the University's strengths and opportunities for improvement.