Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

Lamar Community College is proud to be a participating institution in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).  AQIP is one of three processes through which a college or university can maintain full accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Through the AQIP processes, LCC has the opportunity to demonstrate that it meets the Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation standards and expectations through sequences of events that naturally align with those ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving to improve their performance. By sharing both its advancement activities and the results of these actions with AQIP, LCC provides the HLC with the evidence it needs to make a public quality assurance judgment and to support and to assist in its efforts to excel at achieving the distinctive higher education mission the College has set for itself.

Action Projects

Action Projects allow AQIP institutions to select initiatives for meaningful improvement that also support AQIP’s values of systems- and data-driven organization, as well as the Criteria for Accreditation established by the Higher Learning Commission.

Since becoming an AQIP Institution in 2004, Lamar Community College has completed work on fourteen Action Projects involving multiple departments, and focused on a variety of tasks ranging from learning outcomes assessment to new student orientation, communication with students, professional development, benchmarking, concurrent enrollment, and athletics.

To review progress and engage new staff, LCC holds an annual Conversation Day.

Conversation Day

Lamar Community College holds its annual Conversation Day as a driving force for institutional improvement.  Conversation Day brings the entire campus together for a half day of collaboration and goal-setting for the upcoming year.

Originally designed to be an  introductory step for reaccreditation with The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, LCC’s Conversation Day has evolved into an opportunity to further strategic planning efforts, communicate across departments, and introduce new initiatives.

LCC’s History of Continuous Improvement

Below you’ll find key documents and a timeline of LCC’s processes as an AQIP institution.



System Portfolios/Appraisals

LCC’s first System Portfolio was submitted to the Higher Learning Commission on October 30, 2009.

LCC’s second System Portfolio was submitted to the Higher Learning Commission on November 1, 2013

AQIP Documents

Original LCC Working Documents