The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States, providing support for institutions across 19 states in the North Central region. More information about the University’s HLC accreditation can be found here.

Record of Status and Scope - Statement of Affiliation Status


Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

As part of its affiliation with the HLC, the University engages in an eight-year cycle of continuous improvement activities, called the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). The AQIP program is one of three pathways available to HLC-accredited institutions. Activities include Strategy Forums, Action Projects, Systems Portfolios, and Comprehensive Quality Reviews. More information about the AQIP cycle can be found here.

Key Dates for AQIP Activities

  • Compliance Update: October 31, 2017
  • Strategy Forum: November 13-15, 2017
  • Action Project Update Report: November 30, 2017
  • Institutional Update Report: March 30, 2018
  • Systems Portfolio Submission Deadline: December 3, 2018
  • Comprehensive Quality Review (including on-site visit): September 23-25, 2019

AQIP Action Projects

*We are no longer accepting proposals for AQIP Action Projects due to recent changes to the HLC AQIP Pathway. 

Action Projects are integral to the AQIP pathway for institutional continuous improvement. Action Projects are short-term projects (usually about one year in scope) that address a priority area for the University. Periodically, a call for Action Project ideas is issued to which all staff, faculty, and students can respond. However, Action Project proposals can be submitted at any time using the forms and guidance below.

Call for Proposals
Proposal Submission Form

Current Action Projects

  • Creating a sustainable framework for supporting Living Learning Communities at Southeast (Project Coordinator: Allie Wisker)
  • Faculty Workload Reporting Phase II (Project Coordinators: Sue Wilde and Karl Kunkel)
  • Developing a data-informed process for understanding and enhancing employee satisfaction and well-being (Project Coordinator: Bethany Alden-Rivers)

Other Resources

Reaffirmation of Accreditation

Reaffirmation of Accreditation Recommendation
Reaffirmation of Accreditation Letter

September 2012 Quality Checkup Visit

Quality Checkup Visit Team Report - October 2012 Posted October 30, 2012

Updated Systems Portfolio - August 2012 Posted August 21,2012

Quality Summary Report Posted August 21,2012

Federal Compliance Report Posted August 21,2012

Proposed Quality Checkup Visit Agenda Posted August 21,2012

Systems Portfolio

2014 Systems Portfolio

2018 Systems Portfolio (and Introduction)
Systems Portfolio Feedback Report - Systems Appraisal

2014 Systems Appraisal

Multi-Location Visits
2018 Multi-Location Institutional Report (Kennett and Poplar Bluff)
2018 Multi-Location Visit Report (Kennett and Poplar Bluff)


Completed Action Projects

Institutional Support and Governance for AQIP

AQIP activities are coordinated by the University’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (Bethany Alden-Rivers) and the AQIP Steering Committee

Contact for more information


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