Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)
Lamar Community College held its annual “Conversation Day” on Friday, September 18th, 2015, in the LCC Wellness Center. To allow the majority of staff to participate in the event, most offices on campus were closed from 10:00am–2:00pm. The LCC Learning Resource Center/Library, Fitness Center, and Tutoring Lab remained open to serve students.
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.
In 2015, Conversation Day involved all of LCC’s departments in process mapping exercises and updates on the Case For Change Strategic Plan.
Lamar Community College hosted a Quality Checkup visit from a team of reviewers on September 28-30, 2010 as part its periodic review by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, LCC’s regional accrediting agency. The visit is part of a periodic evaluation for continued accreditation. Learn more in the Quality Check Report.
With the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), 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 will provide the Higher Learning Commission 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 it has set for itself.
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. 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.
To review progress and engage new staff, LCC holds an annual Conversation Day, which brings the entire campus together for a time of collaboration and goal setting for the upcoming year.
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