Nine AQIP Categories

AQIP defines the following nine “Categories for Improving Academic Quality”:

1. “Helping Students Learn” focuses on the teaching-learning process within a formal instructional context, and on overall student development.

2. “Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives” addresses the processes contributing to the achievement of our major objectives that complement student learning and fulfill other portions of our mission.

3. “Understanding Students’ and Other Stakeholders’ Needs” examines how our institution actively works to understand student and other stakeholder needs.

4. “Valuing People” explores our institution’s commitment to the development of faculty, staff and administrators. 

5. “Leading and Communicating” addresses how our institution’s leadership and communication structures, networks, and processes guide us in setting directions, making decisions, seeking future opportunities, and building and sustaining a learning environment.

6. “Supporting Institutional Operations” describes the variety of our institutional support processes that help to provide an environment in which learning thrives.

7. “Measuring Effectiveness” examines how our institution collects, analyzes, and uses information to manage itself and to drive performance improvement. 

8. “Planning Continuous Improvement” explores our institution’s planning processes, and it evaluates how strategies and action plans help achieve our mission and vision.

9. “Building Collaborative Relationships” examines our institution’s relationships – current and potential – to analyze how they contribute to the ability of the institution to accomplish its mission.