Institutional Accreditation Archive

Historical information regarding institutional accreditation

Kent State University gained accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in January of 1915. Through HLC there are multiple accreditation paths, KSU chose to enrolled in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) in the year 2000. Every four years, each institution enrolled in AQIP underwent a Systems Appraisal to review compliance with standards of accreditation. The Systems Appraisal was an opportunity to get expert, objective, and third party feedback from HLC on the university’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. Throughout the fifteen years that Kent State was enrolled in AQIP (2000 - 2015), three cycles of the Systems Appraisal process occurred, the first in 2005, again in 2009, and the last in 2013. In 2015 the University entered into a new accreditation pathway with HLC called the Open Pathway

Participation in AQIP required member universities to participate in or develop the following:

  1. Strategy Forums - workshops that provide a supportive, peer review process that allows the university to select meaningful Action Projects that will enhance institutional quality;

  2. Action Projects - initiatives that improve quality by directly impacting the university's ability to help students learn (3-4 must take place simultaneously);

  3. 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.

  4. Systems Portfolio - an institutional self-study highlighting the university's efforts to accomplish the mission of the university, using the nine AQIP categories;

  5. 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

  6. 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.

Below is information on each of the HLC System Appraisal Processes and the Action Projects that were completed as a part of the process.

Systems Appraisal Process 2012-2013

The most recent site visit occurred April 1 - 4, 2014. The team of reviewers, listed below, visited the East Liverpool, Kent, Stark, and Trumbull campuses.

Dr. Patricia McGee, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Christina L. Frazier, Professor, Southeast Missouri State University
Ms. Renae Lillegard Fry, Dean of Business, Technology and Career Programs, North Hennepin Community College  

Systems Portfolio Report 2013 

Systems Appraisal Feedback Report 2014

Multi-Location Visit Report 2014

Quality Checkup Report 2014

Letter of Reaffirmation 2015

Systems Appraisal Process 2007-2008
AQIP Action Projects

AQIP was committed to supporting colleges and universities in their efforts to continuously improve their performance. It required participating institutions to commit to action and to work consciously to improve the activities and processes that produced unsatisfying results. AQIP viewed Action Projects as an important mechanism that institutions could use to improve performance. Therefore, institutions were urged to take on as many significant Action Projects as possible. AQIP required institutions to share publicly at all times at least three current Action Projects.

Kent State University (KSU) Action Projects at the time of transitioning to the Open Pathway

The following attachments are current KSU Action Projects. The current projects include:

        Closing the Loop 
        Assessing General Education 
        Exploring Academic Data Management Systems 
        Enhancing Assessment Communication

Summary Table of Past KSU Action Projects

The following attachment contains a summary table of completed and active KSU Action Projects from the 2006-2007 academic year (AY) to present. The table includes each Action Project's goal and outcomes accomplished, as well as the dates that the projects were reviewed by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Action Projects presented in the table include efforts to improve undergraduate research opportunities and to expand the mission and scope of the Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement (OEECE), as well as projects related to other areas, including assessment of the Kent Core (general education).

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Perry, Assistant Provost, Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Learning at 330-672-3931 or

       Completed Action Projects Table