The Systems Portfolio covers the nine AQIP Categories, describing processes, results, and improvement in each system, and shows evidence that an institution continues to meet The Higher Learning Commission's five Criteria for Accreditation.

Systems Portfolios and Systems Appraisals

AQIP calls upon institutions to undergo a Systems Appraisal every four years. This is an opportunity for an institution to get expert, objective, third-party feedback on its strengths and opportunities for improvement. In turn, institutions gain insight in determining the next targets for advancing quality in the institution through Action Projects and other plans.

In combination with the Strategy Forum and Action Projects, which drive concrete improvement activities within an institution, the Systems Portfolio and Systems Appraisal are a means of “taking stock” of an institution’s progress in its never-ending efforts at continuous improvement. It is this combination of activities for improving quality and taking stock that makes AQIP different from quality award programs and from standard accreditation processes.