NDSCS is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) pathway. The AQIP pathway is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, but with an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement. The AQIP pathway follows an eight-year cycle.
On April 25, 26 and 27, 2016 NDSCS will host a Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR). During the CQR, peer reviewers determine if accreditation criterion are being met through reviewing required aspects of the reaffirmation process (Systems Portfolio, CQR Quality Highlights Report, etc.), institutional documents and policies, and through meeting with College employees and students.
For more information, please review the required documents submitted for the CQR visit:
2016 Comprehensive Quality Review Highlights Report
CQR Quality Highlights report is intended to be brief and manageable, providing broad descriptions and highlights since NDSCS submitted its AQIP Systems Portfolio.
2016 NDSCS CQR Overview
Find out more information and answers to FAQs regarding the upcoming CQR visit.
2016 NDSCS Federal Compliance Packet
In preparation for the CQR visit Spring 2016 NDSCS prepared and submitted this Federal Compliance Packet.
The CQR serves to:
Provide evidence that NDSCS is meeting the Criteria for Accreditation.
Facilitate NDSCS’s continuing quality improvement commitment.
Identify actions taken to minimize identified Strategic Issues.
Review how Action Projects are integrated into NDSCS’s overall performance improvement strategies.
Review distance and/or correspondence education delivery.
NDSCS Systems Portfolio with Next Steps
This document contains the 2013 NDSCS AQIP Systems Portfolio (submitted 11/13). NOTE: on Page 133 responses and ‘next steps’ focusing on the section that received ‘O’ or ‘OO’ in the System Appraisal Feedback are in the document.
NDSCS Strategic Goals & Action Projects
This document contains NDSCS Strategic Plan 2013-2016 and current Action Projects.
AQIP Strategy Team
The AQIP Strategy Team is responsible for coordinating strategic planning, action planning, including development of targets, and identifying areas for improvement. The team is also responsible for the leadership of the quality infrastructure for the College.
Barbara Bang – Dean, Technologies & Services
Clinton Gilbertson – TAACCCT Project Manager
Dennis Gladen – Vice President for Administrative Affairs
Melissa Johnson – Executive Director, Student & Residential Life
Patty Kline – Dean of College Outreach
Ken Kompelien – Dean, Arts, Science & Business
John Kroshus – Associate Professor
Harvey Link – Vice President for Academic Affairs
Patricia Schrom – Dean of Extended Learning
Dr. John Richman (Administrative Liaison) – President
Dr. Jane Vangsness Frisch (Accreditation Liaison Officer) – Vice President for Student Affairs