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Iowa Western Community College

AQIP Accreditation

Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

accreditation imageIowa Western Community College has transitioned from the traditional accreditation model to the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). We embarked upon the quality improvement accreditation journey in 2005, as the college leadership initiated discussion and preparation for the next Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation process.

An AQIP Steering Committee comprised of administration and faculty leaders was created to assess the college’s interest in this alternative to the HLC’s ten-year accreditation cycle (Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality or PEAQ) and to plan the process of evolving from PEAQ to AQIP. The Steering Committee attended AQIP’s Vital Focus training in June 2005 and developed the foundation for this transition.

Iowa Western Community College is currently in year eight of the eight year cycle for AQIP.

  • 2006 Strategy Forum
  • 2007 Action Projects
  • 2008 Action Projects
  • 2009 Systems Portfolio
  • 2010 Systems Appraisal Feedback & Strategy Forum
  • 2011 Quality Checkup Visit
  • 2012 Reaffirmation of Accreditation  (seven years)
  • 2013 Systems Portfolio
  • 2014 Strategy Forum
  • 2015 Action Project
  • 2016 Action Project
  • 2017 Systems Portfolio and Action Project
  • 2018 Comprehensive Review and Action Project

Iowa Western has embraced a culture of continuous improvement and recognizes that a quality institution requires the involvement of all stakeholders.


Regional Accreditation

Iowa Western Community College is accredited as a post-secondary institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois.

Iowa Western Community College was initially granted accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (presently known as the Higher Learning Commission) in 1975. The College has maintained its accreditation status through the traditional self-study process. In December 2005 Iowa Western Community College was accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). This alternative accreditation process is predicated upon a continuous improvement model developed by the HLC.  In 2012 IWCC received Reaffirmation of Accreditation through 2019 via the AQIP Pathway.

State Accreditation

Iowa Western is also accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. The College successfully completed its ten year state accreditation comprehensive evaluation in May 2013 and subsequent state interim evaluation in April 2017.