MCC Passes Another AQIP Milestone!
Left: Our AQIP peer reviewers: L – Dr. Kathleen Plinkske, McHenry County College; R – Dr. Gwladys Austin, Mid Michigan Community College
Well, our Quality Checkup Visit has come and gone. We have passed another significant milestone in our journey of continuous quality improvement and are drawing near the end of our first seven year cycle in the AQIP process. The purpose of the visit was to clear up any federal compliance issues (there were none), getanswers to questions the reviewers had about our institution that were not fully and clearly answered in our Systems Portfolio, and confirm the various claims and statements made in our Systems Portfolio through direct observation.
The visitors met with numerous MCC stakeholders: students, community members, support staff, faculty, and administrators, as well as specific committees and teams in their short but intensive visit. When they left, they indicated that all of their questions have been satisfactorily answered and that they had observed nothing that would stand in the way of reaccreditation. In fact they told us that we have much to celebrate here. It is important to remember, however, that reaccreditation is not based exclusively on the Quality Checkup Visit. The site visit is just one of several pieces of evidence that the Higher Learning Commission will review when considering our status in 2009; others include the Systems Portfolio and our past and current Action Projects. Though the report from the Checkup Visit is positive, it doesn’t mean we can relax; there are still and always will be areas in which we can improve. Knowing that and embracing it is what it means to be an AQIP institution.
In any event, a big round of thanks is in order. Thank you to everyone in the institution who contributed to the success of this visit. Thank you to the students who talked with our visitors; thank you to the community members who came in on your own time to meet with them; thank you to the staff, faculty, and administrators who sat down with them to discuss specific issues; and thanks to the AQIP Steering Team, who planned and organized the visit. Good job, everybody – you represented us well and it all went off without a hitch. We really do have much to celebrate here. --Greg Thomas
Miss the closing event November 7th?
Hear what the reviewers had to say: [approx 6 min]
A…QuIP of the Month:
A Word from President Kerry Hart
Let me take this opportunity to express my appreciation to each of you for your excellent part in the visit. It was the on-campus visit that made the deepest and most positive impression – and it’s simply because you allowed the visiting AQIP team see MCC for the way we are and the good work we do. Indeed, the report is as good as I’ve seen from any accreditation visit at any institution in which I’ve been associated. MCC is a college of excellence because each of you make it excellent. Please know that I appreciate and value all that each of you do for MCC. --Kerry
Let’s Celebrate . . .
Our People –
“Students indicated that they loved MCC and talked at length about the different services available, and about the caring faculty and staff. Many students mentioned that MCC employees go out of their way to help students succeed.” -- AQIP Quality Checkup Report
Our Programs –
“The best part about attending classes is having such an excellent institution so close to home. An education helps open so many more doors of opportunity.” -- Susan Guzman, MCC Career Ladder student
Our Community –
“People attending the community sessions were very supportive and appreciative of the college and wished others would understand the breadth and quality of services that MCC offers.” - AQIP Quality Checkup Report
Many community members attest that MCC is a major asset of Northeast Colorado. Kari Linker, Morgan County Economic Development Director, says, “I can’t even begin to tell you how huge of an asset MCC is to this region. The college is one of the first selling tools we employ as we begin talks with firms researching the possibility of starting a new business in the area. One of their first questions is the status of the workforce and the second question regards the training potential. MCC, because of its training programs, is a regional attraction, without question.” Linker says she is very proud of MCC and makes sure it dominates the marketing collateral for the group’s regional economic development efforts.
Our Commitment to Continuous Improvement –
“AQIP accreditation adds teeth and credibility to the things we hold dear to our hearts, to everything we do and teach here. This process is valuable to our students, to our community and to our region. We will continue to strive toward making continued improvements and meeting higher thresholds.” -- Kent Bauer, MCC Vice President of Student Success
Continuous Improvement Action Projects: An Update
A new feature of the newsletter is a regular link to the most recent update of all our action projects. Stay in the know. Click here for the latest.