Highland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized to operate by the Kansas Board of Regents.

The HLC accreditation pathway the College has chosen to follow is called AQIP -- Academic Quality Improvement Program.  AQIP has enabled Highland to be a Continuous Improvement institution.  This means College personnel are continually seeking to improve the systems and processes with which they are involved.

AQIP is an eight year cycle of improvement activities that include attendance at a Strategy Forum, having active Action Projects at all times, the creation and enhancement of an institutional Systems Portfolio which describes the operations of the College, filing a Federal Compliance report, a Comprehensive Quality Review, and Reaffirmation.

The College's first two portfolios were submitted in 2007 and 2011 and contained information relating to nine separate categories.  That format has been improved to include six categories:  (1) Helping Students Learn, (2) Meeting Student and Other Key Stakeholder Needs, (3) Valuing Employees, (4) Planning and Leading, (5) Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship, (6) Quality Overview.

College personnel completed the third portfolio using the new Categories in November of 2016. 

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

AQIP Quality Quotes 

AQIP Quality Quotes Vol. 1

AQIP Quality Quotes Vol. 2

AQIP Quality Quotes Vol. 3

AQIP Quality Quotes Vol. 4


AQIP Portfolio Resources

AAS Degree and Certificate Programs

Table 1.17 Students Outcomes Results for Math Courses

HCC Campus Safety and Compliance Management Chart

Table 2.13: Methods for Determining Stakeholder Groups’ Needs and Requirements

Table 2.20: HCC Business Collaborations & Partnerships

HCC Hiring Process for Permanent Employees

HCC New Adjunct Hiring Process

IT Department New Staff Hire Process

Employee Performance Review and Improvement Plan (form mentioned in the Portfolio but no longer in use)

Employee Performance Review Form (current form completed by the employee as part of Performance Review)

Supervisor Performance Review Form (current form completed by the supervisor as part of Performance Review)

HCC Compliment and Complaint Process

Online Feedback Form

Table 4.2 Summary Results of Measures

Table 4.3 Goals Related to Mission Comparison From 2013 and 2016

Table 4.4: Strategic Plan (This was the table about our Strategic Plan submitted in the Portfolio.)

2016-2019 HCC Strategic Plan (Posted here is a .pdf copy of our plan as of 1/22/2018. The actual plan is an evolving shared document updated regularly by our Strategic Planning Council.)

Table 4.5 Climate Survey

What's Happening At Highland