An institution on the AQIP Pathway completes an ongoing cycle of Action Projects that over time constitute its record for quality improvement activities. Strategy Forums assist in this process, as do other core AQIP Pathway processes such as the institution’s Systems Portfolio. In order to remain aware of the institution’s progress on its quality endeavors and also to serve as a resource to each institution, HLC requires institutions to always have in-progress at least three Action Projects. Once a project is completed, HLC anticipates that the institution will simply begin another, using the knowledge and skills gained from its earlier projects to select, shape, and define the scope of new activities.
The Action Project requirement is central to an institution’s success in the program because it compels the institution to develop the structure(s) necessary to organize and oversee a quality initiative. This process requires broad engagement of faculty and staff in the selection of projects and also through participation on project teams. Moreover, the frequency of Action Projects ensures that the institution completes a continuous series of initiatives as opposed to getting mired in lengthy strategic planning processes that are often delayed and never completed. For many institutions, the specific choice of project is less critical than the communication of a shared sense of activity, movement, and purpose. An important result of early Action Projects is a demonstration that shared efforts can improve institutional performance.
HLC has created an Action Project Guide to help institutions get started.
Action Project Network
Action Project Directory—Available Until December 2016
The old platform for managing Action Projects will remain open temporarily to allow institutions to transfer their existing projects into the new network.