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Continuous Quality Improvement Open Forum Nov. 9

Friday Nov 06, 2015

Continuous quality improvement was a theme shared by IU Northwest Chancellor William J. Lowe during his remarks to kick off the 2015-16 academic year at the Campus Conversation.

It’s a theme that is present and important to accreditation through the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). However, it also is a theme that will resonate across campus far beyond the April 2016 HLC visit to the IU Northwest campus.

“I think that most of us in working life are, at least in a general way, familiar with the idea of continuous improvement, even if, day-to-day, we probably do not think about it very formally or in any specific detail,” Chancellor Lowe said. “But IU Northwest is part of a program that is specifically designed to help us to take an intentional, systematic approach to continuing improvement called the Academic Quality Improvement Program (or, affectionately, AQIP).  We have been the only IU AQIP campus for more than a dozen years.” 

On Monday, Nov. 9, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Mark McPhail will share with the campus community what it means to create and build upon a culture of continuous quality improvement at IU Northwest. The open forum, “Quality Time,” will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Anderson Library Conference Center, Room 105. Light refreshments will be served.

In preparation for this year’s accreditation review by the HLC, the campus is preparing to respond to a visit next April that will assess how effectively the campus has embraced continuous quality improvement. 

“Chancellor Lowe’s suggestion that we ‘Keep calm and close the loop’ really expresses the spirit of continuous quality improvement on campus,” EVCA McPhail said. “We’re looking at the things we do well and making sure that we communicate those accomplishments, and we are also examining the things that we can do better and improving our processes and planning.

“Closing the loop is about moving from examination to action, from thinking and talking about how to be better to creating systematic plans for doing so. That is what continuous quality improvement is all about.”

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