Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)


Augsburg College joined the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) in 2001. AQIP is an alternative process through which Augsburg can maintain its accredited status with The Higher Learning Commission. AQIP involves a seven-year cycle during which time Augsburg participates in yearly action projects that instill a culture of continuous improvement and progress throughout the institution. Reaffirmation of Accreditation is based on Augsburg’s active participation in AQIP, on evidence of progress and improvement in the organization, and on evidence that the College continues to fulfill the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation (The Higher Learning Commission, Introduction to AQIP 2007, p. 6.).

AQIP Requirements

  1. Yearly engagement with action projects that demonstrate a robust engagement with continuous improvement and process reflection.
  2. Participation in strategy forums to engage with other institutions on best practices.
  3. Submission of a Systems Portfolio every four years for review and feedback from the HLC.
  4. A site visit by HLC evaluators to verify the accuracy of the submitted Systems Portfolio and to confirm institutional compliance with accreditation expectations.

AQIP Timeline

  • April 2-4, 2014: Quality Checkup Visit. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Notice for Public Comment

Augsburg College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit Apri 2-4, 2014, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Augsburg College has been accredited by the Commission since 1954. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college:

Public Comment on Augsburg College
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on the Commission’s Web site.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.
All comments must be received by March 1, 2014.