Highland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized to operate by the Kansas Board of Regents.
The HLC accreditation pathway the College has chosen to follow is called AQIP -- Academic Quality Improvement Program. AQIP has enabled Highland to be a Continuous Improvement institution. This means College personnel are continually seeking to improve the systems and processes with which they are involved.
AQIP is an eight year cycle of improvement activities that include attendance at a Strategy Forum, having at least three active Action Projects at all times, the creation and enhancement of an institutional Systems Portfolio which describes the operations of the College, filing a Federal Compliance report, a Comprehensive Quality Review, and Reaffirmation.
The College's first two portfolios were submitted in 2007 and 2011 and contained information relating to nine separate categories. That format has been improved to include six categories: (1) Helping Students Learn, (2) Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs, (3) Valuing Employees, (4) Planning and Leading, (5) Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship, (6) Quality Overview.
College personnel are currently working on the next Portfolio which is due in November of 2016.
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)