The six AQIP Pathway Categories provide a framework that institutions can use to examine their key processes and allow institutions to analyze, understand and explore opportunities for improvement. The use of the categories is fundamental to the development of NDSCS Systems Portfolio.
Category One: Helping Students Learn focuses on the design, deployment and effectiveness of teaching-learning processes (and on the processes required to support them) that underlie the institution’s credit and non-credit programs and courses.
Category Two: Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs addresses the key processes (separate from instructional programs and internal support services) through which the institution serves its external stakeholders in support of its mission.
Category Three: Valuing Employees explores the institution’s commitment to the hiring, development and evaluation of faculty, staff and administrators.
Category Four: Planning and Leading focuses on how the institution achieves its mission and lives its vision through direction setting, goal development, strategic actions, threat mitigation and capitalizing on opportunities.
Category Five: Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship addresses management of the fiscal, physical, technological and information infrastructures designed to provide an environment in which learning can thrive.
Category Six: Quality Overview focuses on the Continuous Quality Improvement culture and infrastructure of the institution. This category gives the institution a chance to reflect on all its quality improvement initiatives, how they are integrated and how they contribute to improvement of the institution.