A Fresh Approach to Accreditation

The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) provides an alternative model of accreditation for the North Central Association's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. AQIP was established in 1999 with grant support from the pew Charitable Trusts.

Accreditation has always sought to provide reliable quality assurance -- traditionally by checking an institution's compliance with minimum standards.  AQIP takes the process of appraising academic value to a new level, demanding an institution adhere to a regimen of continuous improvement, enabling it to remain fit by anticipating potential problems, strengthening successful practices, and discovering more efficient ways to serve its stakeholders.

To assist institutions in meeting the challenges of a quickly-changing higher education environment, AQIP draws from the experience of successful high-performance organizations everywhere and is grounded on the same principles and thinking that underlie many quality improvement programs, including the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and various state programs.  

Since 1947 Taylor University has been accredited by the North Central Association and the Board of Trustees has affirmed that the institution upholds the highest academic program standards. The goals and criteria of AQIP are aligned with the principles of the University's re-engineered planning process and current program of systematic quality improvement; therefore, the University has applied for and been approved by NCA to participate in the Academic Quality Improvement Program.

The AQIP Quality Categories

  • Helping Students Learn
  • Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives
  • Understanding Students' and Other Stakeholders' Needs
  • Valuing People
  • Leading and Communicating
  • Supporting Institutional Operations
  • Measuring Effectiveness
  • Planning Continuous Improvement
  • Building Collaborative Relationships

1  Academic Quality Improvement Program, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 2002.

AQIP Taylor Documentation