Accreditation and Quality Improvement

In 2003, RRCC voted to join the Academic Quality Improvement Program, a new reaccreditation and quality improvement process sponsored by the Higher Learning Commission. In taking this vote, RRCC committed itself to continuous and recurring quality improvement based on valid performance measures, reliable assessment data, and employment of those data in improving our college.

Launched by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) in 1999, the program offers an alternative reaccreditation pathway emphasizing continuous quality improvement. The HLC's Handbook for Accreditation summarizes the program as follows: "The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. 

The AQIP Pathway to accreditation is being phased out.  After successfully completing the Comprehensive Evaluation in November of 2018, RRCC chose to go on the Open Pathway to accreditation. 


Building a Culture of Quality at Red Rocks Community College

To continue to build a quality culture at RRCC, we need everyone to function as one big team to improve student success while making the college a great place to work. We do this through the Executive Team, the Constituency groups, the college divisions, and the Collaboration Council, which has representation from all of the above.  Based on college-wide planning and assessment results, these groups develop annual budget priorities.  These priorities may be ongoing strategic directions or new initiatives. In either case, quality improvement for accreditation has the greatest importance.  Coming from events and teams across the college, the following documents show what we have done in the past to improve quality.

Handouts from the August 2017 All-College Meeting

Areas for Improvement from the 2016 Portfolio Appraisal and the 2017 RRCC Criteria Review Teams

Summary of Themes by AQIP Category from the October 2015 All College Development day