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Metropolitan State University elected to join the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) in 2003. AQIP is an alternative process through which Metropolitan State can maintain its accredited status with the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. AQIP's seven-year continuous improvement cycle replaces the comprehensive self-study visit that occurred every ten years. Reaffirmation of Accreditation is based on Metropolitan State's active participation in AQIP, on evidence of progress and improvement in the organization, and on evidence that the University continues to fulfill the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation.

Continuous Improvement Coordinating Team

The Continuous Improvement Coordinating Team (CICT) has been charged to:

  • guide the continuing integration of improvement principles in the University's daily work;
  • utilize the AQIP framework to document and refine improvement efforts; and
  • coordinate efforts to demonstrate Metropolitan State's continuing compliance with Higher Learning Commission criteria to maintain our regional accreditation status.

The members of the CICT are:

  • Barbara Keinath, Faculty, Helping Students Learn (Category One)
  • Jodi Bantley, Comm. Engagement Coord. Civic & Comm. Based Learning, Helping Students Learn (Category One) 
  • TBD, Helping Students Learn (Category One)
  • Truly Webb, Affirmative Action Director, Achieving Other Distinctive Objectives (Category Two)
  • Michael Eisenbeisz, Project Manager, Understanding Students and Other Stakeholders' Needs (Category Three)
  • Jill Lord, Assistant Human Resources Director, Valuing People (Category Four)
  • Jesse Bethke Gomez, Vice President University Planning & Advancement, Leading and Communicating (Category Five), Co-chair
  • Ron Beckstrom, Associate Vice President, Supporting Institutional Operations (Category Six)
  • Cynthia DeVore, Institutional Research Director, Measuring Effectiveness (Category Seven)
  • Marcia Anderson, Academic Advisor, Planning Continuous Improvement (Category Eight)
  • Evelyn Rolloff, Associate Director of Community-Based Learning, Building Collaborative Relationships (Category Nine)
  • Jordan Maatz, Student Senate Representative
  • Ginny Arthur, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, Co-chair
  • Joyce Paxton, AQIP Coordinator, Vice chair

Summary of AQIP Requirements/Timeline

  1. Accreditation Date: 1975
  2. Year of Admission to AQIP: 04/04/2003
  3. Year of Quality Checkup: 2014-2015
  4. Year of Next Reaffirmation of Accreditation: 2016-2017
  5. Year of Next System Appraisal: 2014-2015
  6. Due Date of Next Systems Portfolio: 11/1/2014


Joyce Paxton
AQIP Coordinator
Phone: 651-793-1908
E-mail: joyce.paxton@metrostate.edu

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