2007 Quality Checkup Site Visit

The Quality Checkup Site Visit, April 25 to 27, 2007

During the seven-year cycle leading up to reaffirmation of Accreditation, the Higher Learning Commission requires AQIP institutions to have a site visit conducted by two or more trained evaluators who will spend at least two days on campus. The team prepares for the visit by reviewing relevant organizational and AQIP file materials. Quality Checkup visits occur in the two-year period before an organization's scheduled reaffirmation of Accreditation. The Quality Checkup team produces a written report summarizing its findings, identifying those areas the team has verified and/or clarified, and addressing the institution's compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation, noting any areas that require additional clarification before reaffirmation of Accreditation

Specific Goals of the AQIP Quality Checkup Visit Include:

  • Affirming the accuracy of the organization's online Systems Portfolio and verifying included information,
  • Reviewing, with organizational leaders, Action Projects and strategies identified to capitalize on the strengths and opportunities for improvement,
  • Assuring continuing organizational quality improvement commitment,
  • Confirming the institution's compliance with accreditation expectations and counseling the institution concerning any issues that require immediate attention, and
  • Reviewing and updating the relationship between the institution and the Commission

Federal Compliance Review

The Higher Learning Commission expects its affiliated institutions to comply, if required, with the Title IV requirements of the Higher Education Reauthorization Act as amended in 1998. Therefore, institutions will provide for review and consideration to Quality Checkup visit evaluators the most recent default rates (and any default reduction plans approved by the Department of Education) and any other documents concerning the institution's program responsibilities under Title IV of the Act, including any results of financial or compliance audits and program reviews.