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Action Projects

Why Action Projects?

AQIP is about taking action; about continuously improving institutional systems and processes that can make institutions better at serving its constituencies. Underlying this focus on action is an often-quoted truism:

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got. To get different results in the future, you must do things differently.

Because AQIP is committed to helping colleges and universities continuously improve their performance in doing the things they value, it requires participating institutions to commit themselves to action, working consciously to improve the activities and processes that currently produce unsatisfying results.

AQIP views Action Projects as the keys mechanisms institutions can use to improve performance. Therefore institutions are urged to take on as many significant Action Projects as possible, completing each as quickly as possible. AQIP participation requires colleges and universities to share publicly at all times at least three current Action Projects on which they are working. Knowing about an organization’s current Action Projects provides assurance that its ongoing commitment to continuous quality improvement is genuine. More importantly, doing Action Projects moves institutions toward AQIP’s fundamental purpose: helping the organizations it serves to improve their performance. HLC’s Action Project Directory Archive provides the public with summaries of both the institution’s completed and active AQIP Action Projects.

Benefits of Action Projects

Action Projects provide institutions a finite, concrete place to begin their quality improvement efforts, hopefully without the extended deliberation and delay that often comes with larger strategic planning activities in higher education. For many institutions, action is the antidote to stagnation, and the specific choice of project is often less critical than the communication of a shared sense of activity, movement, and purpose. A demonstration that shared efforts could change things for the better is an important tangible result.

Action Projects give institutions new to AQIP time to gather data for its Systems Portfolio, working towards an institutionally-understood summary of its current processes and performance, the benchmark for future improvement efforts.

Current Action Projects include:

  • Assessment of Adjunct Faculty
  • Back to Basics
  • D2L Data Analytics
  • Orientation/On-Boarding
  • Quality Assurance in Recruitment

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