AQIP at Blackhawk Technical College

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) accredits degree-granting institutions of higher education and evaluates student learning, governance and administration, financial stability, admissions and student services, institutional resources, institutional effectiveness, and relationships with stakeholders.

Launched in 1999 by the HLC with a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts; AQIP institutions meet the HLC’s accreditation standards by participating in challenging activities to improve their key systems and overall performance.  Each AQIP organization shares its process improvements and performance results with the HLC as evidence to excel in the distinctive higher education mission each institution has identified.

Blackhawk Technical College was accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program on December 15, 2005.


Nine AQIP Categories

The Systems Portfolio, consisting of nine categories, provides a framework from which BTC can evaluate its effectiveness and identify areas for improvement.  The nine categories are:

1. Helping Students Learn

2. Accomplishing Other Distinctive Objectives

3. Understanding Students’ and Other Stakeholders’ Needs

4. Valuing People

5. Leading and Communicating

6. Supporting Institutional Operations

7. Measuring Effectiveness

8. Planning Continuous Improvement

9. Building Collaborative Relationships


The Higher Learning Commission's Five Criteria

Criterion 1 — Mission: 

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

Criterion 2 — Integrity:  Ethical and Responsible Conduct: 

The institution fulfills its mission ethically and responsibly.

Criterion 3 — Teaching and Learning:  Quality, Resources, and Support: 

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

Criterion 4 — Teaching and Learning:  Evaluation and Improvement: 

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environment, and support services, and evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

Criterion 5 — Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness: 

The institution’s resources, structures, and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings, and respond to future challenges and opportunities.  The institution plans for the future.