The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is the accreditation process through which Southeast Arkansas College (SEARK) maintains its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Through AQIP, SEARK College demonstrates that it meets the Higher Learning Commission's Criteria for Accreditation while integrating the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of the College.

On June 1, 2011, SEARK College submitted its first Systems Portfolio. The Systems Portfolio is the culmination of initial efforts of the College to document the processes and College systems that contribute to accomplishing our Mission, Visions and Strategic Goals. The SEARK College Systems Portfolio consists of:

  • An Organizational Overview
  • Description of SEARK College Processes, Results and Improvements (Categories)
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Index to the Five HLC Criteria for Accreditation

The Systems Portfolio addresses the nine AQIP Categories in providing information and data regarding the critical systems and processes in place at SEARK College. For each system, the SEARK has provided specific responses to each of the nine AQIP Process (P), Results (R), and Improvements (I) questions. Some processes are more fully developed and being implemented. Others are recognized and acknowledged as opportunities for improvement as the SEARK College matures in the AQIP processes. The nine AQIP 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 College expects to receive a Systems Appraisal Feedback Report from the Higher Learning Commission. The Feedback report will be received from the Systems Appraisal Team providing an assessment of each of the nine AQIP criteria and identifying strengths and opportunities for improvement. SEARK will respond to the Systems Appraisal Feedback Report at which time an AQIP Quality Check will be scheduled. AQIP Reviewers will provide a Quality Checkup report to the College. The SEARK College AQIP Timeline may be accessed here .

View our Systems Portfolio here.