Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)
Iowa Western Community College has transitioned from the traditional accreditation model to the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). We embarked upon the quality improvement accreditation journey in 2005, as the college leadership initiated discussion and preparation for the next Higher Learning Commission’s accreditation process.
An AQIP Steering Committee comprised of administration and faculty leaders was created to assess the college’s interest in this alternative to the HLC’s ten-year accreditation cycle (Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality or PEAQ) and to plan the process of evolving from PEAQ to AQIP. The Steering Committee attended AQIP’s Vital Focus training in June 2005 and developed the foundation for this transition.
Iowa Western Community College is currently in year eight of the eight year cycle for AQIP.
- 2006 Strategy Forum
- 2007 Action Projects
- 2008 Action Projects
- 2009 Systems Portfolio
- 2010 Systems Appraisal Feedback & Strategy Forum
- 2011 Quality Checkup Visit
- 2012 Reaffirmation of Accreditation (seven years)
- 2013 Systems Portfolio
- 2014 Strategy Forum
- 2015 Action Project
- 2016 Action Project
- 2017 Systems Portfolio and Action Project
- 2018 Comprehensive Review and Action Project
Iowa Western has embraced a culture of continuous improvement and recognizes that a quality institution requires the involvement of all stakeholders.
Iowa Western Community College is accredited as a post-secondary institution by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (800) 621-7440
Iowa Western Community College was initially granted accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (presently known as the Higher Learning Commission) in 1975. The College has maintained its accreditation status through the traditional self-study process. In December 2005 Iowa Western Community College was accepted into the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). This alternative accreditation process is predicated upon a continuous improvement model developed by the HLC. In 2012 IWCC received Reaffirmation of Accreditation through 2019 via the AQIP Pathway.
Iowa Western is also accredited by the Iowa Department of Education. The College successfully completed its ten year state accreditation comprehensive evaluation in May 2013 and subsequent state interim evaluation in April 2017.
Other External Accreditations
Restaurant and Hospitality Management
The Restaurant and Hospitality Management program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, (800) 624-9458
The Dental Hygiene program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address: http://www.ada.org/en/coda
The Dental Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation and has been granted accreditation status of “approval without reporting requirements”. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Commission’s web address: http://www.ada.org/en/coda
The Medical Assisting program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org
Physical Therapist Assistant
The Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Iowa Western Community College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: email@example.com; website: http://www.capteonline.org.
Graduation from a physical therapist assistant education program accredited by CAPTE, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone; 703-706-3245; firstname.lastname@example.org is necessary for eligibility to sit for the licensure examination, which is required in all states.
The Nursing programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, RiverPoint Business Park, 400 SW 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309-4685, (515) 281-3255.
The Surgical Technology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158 Clearwater, FL 33763 Phone 727-210-2350, Fax 727-210-2354, www.caahep.org.
The Veterinary Technology Program at Iowa Western Community College is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a program for educating veterinary technicians. 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, (800) 248-2862, www.avma.org