Action Project Update
The heart of the AQIP process is the learning and continuous improvement that takes place as we identify, execute, and ultimately retire our Actions Projects. Here is an update.
New Action Projects Named
Action Project #1: “Integration of AQIP and Strategic Planning through the use of an Action Project Framing Document” After attending the last AQIP Strategy Forum in May, several team members had a real ‘Aha!’ moment. In looking at how to incorporate AQIP into our MCC infrastructure, the team began to see the fit between AQIP and Strategic Planning and realized that the two could be integrated into one seamless process. Team members concluded that a standard format or “framing document” could help us plan and monitor action projects and would give us concise information about each project. As defined in the actual framing document for this project, the expected results of the project are: “improved clarity of project proposals and better integration of Strategic Planning and AQIP.” By adopting this document, we should eliminate redundancy. The project leader is Susan Clough, Vice President for Administration and Finance.
Action Project #2: “Updating the Systems Portfolio to Align with AQIP 2008 Category Revisions” As project leader Greg Thomas stated in the framing document for this particular project, “In 2008, AQIP revised the structure of the Systems Portfolio by adding, modifying, and eliminating specific category questions.” So, the purpose of the project is to revise the AQIP Systems Portfolio to align with the newly-revised Categories and Items. Since our next Systems Portfolio update is due in 2010-2011, we are being proactive in undertaking the conversion process now and then hope to follow-up with an additional project: revising the Systems Portfolio on an annual basis.
Action Project #3: “Website Enhancement” We are accustomed to immediate access to information via the Internet. Since so much of what we are about must be available on our website, it is essential that we have an accurate, up-to-date, improved website presence. The purpose of the project is to increase the visibility of the institution as well as provide greater access to information about the college. Steps involved in the project are to: hire a full-time webmaster; assess current website and functionality; create an enhancement plan; and implement the plan. The project director is Mary Zorn, Director of Marketing and Communications.
Action Project #4: “Creation of a Formal Program Development Process” New program development is of primary importance for our institution. Based on that priority, the need for a more formal process became evident as we looked closely at how new programs are actually developed—rather informally. The purpose of the project is to create a process for identifying the feasibility of developing a new program, which in turn will help us in making good decisions for viable program offerings. The project leader is Betty McKie, Vice President of Instruction.
A…QuIP of the Month:
The AQIP Quality Checkup Visit: A Message from President Hart
November 5th is fast approaching. On that day and the two days that follow, we will have visitors on campus that will find a positive and creative environment in place for those most important people on our campus – our students. These visitors will assess the accuracy of our positions and statements in the AQIP reports that have been submitted. While the AQIP committees have done an extraordinary job in preparing our college for this visit, the responsibility for maintaining our accreditation – the life blood of our credibility – is the responsibility of each of us. Let me emphasize that there is no employee, whether new or seasoned veteran, whether part-time or full-time, whether faculty, staff, or administration, whether at the Fort Morgan campus or at any of our centers, who is not obligated to stand ready to respond to the questions of the visiting team and meet their requests. Participation (or a willingness to participate if the opportunity for direct interaction doesn’t present itself) in the AQIP visit is a meritorious service that each of us can render in this critical moment in the history of MCC as we approach our 40th anniversary. Please accept my appreciation in advance for the contribution each of you will make to this visit. - Dr. Kerry Hart
Fifteen Reasons Why Institutions Decide Not to Join AQIP
Learner or Judger:
How do you look at the world? How do you perceive a Quality Checkup Visit? What's your frame of reference? Click here to review the presentation from Professional Development day in October.
AQIP LinksCheck out the Official AQIP web page here.
The AQIP Categories(see list on left side)
Principles of High Performance Organizations
AQIP's description of the Quality Checkup Visit