Systems Portfolio Process

One of the Academic Quality Improvement Program's (AQIP) core processes, the systems Portfolio "describes key systems and processes the organization uses to achieve its goals and the performance results it obtains from them. During the first four years of participation, an organization assembles a Systems Portfolio with broad faculty and staff involvement. This document is essential for the systems Appraisal that AQIP conducts three years after the organization is accepted to partcipate in AQIP. The systems Portfolio consists of an Organizational Overview and explicates each of the major systems employed to accomplish an organization's mission and objectives. The organization answers specific questions for each of the nine AQIP Categories. For each system, the questions deal with context for analysis, processes, results, and improvement. The Organizational Overview presents a capsule picture that helps readers understand the organization's key strengths and ambitions, as well as the challenges and conflicts it faces."

The Systems Portfolio is a record of CAC's activities with regard to the nine key processes of AQIP and acts as a

  • high-quality, actionable feedback on CAC's strengths & opportunities from a team of quality imporvement experts and educators,
  • body of evidence to show the Higher Learning Commission that CAC is meeting its Criteria for Accreditation,
  • common reference point that lets everyone at CAC share an understanding of how we are organized, what are our key processes, what kind of performance those processes produce, and how we improve,
  • planning tool that helps us share the institution's future agenda and concentrates everyone's attention on those areas that should be the focus for scrutiny for improvement,
  • body of evidence, over time, that AQIP is working to CAC's advantage, and that our continued participation in the program makes sense,
  • public information and relations tool that lets all of our stakeholders understand clearly and persuasively what we are accomplishing with our resources

 2012 CAC Systems Portfolio

 Narrative of 2008 CAC Systems Portfolio Process

 Narrative of 2004 CAC Systems Portfolio Process


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