SFCC’s quality improvement initiative, Doing Quality Right!, consists of two key elements: ongoing accreditation and fostering a collegewide culture of continuous quality improvement.


SFCC has been affiliated with the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools, now the Higher Learning Commission, since it was founded. Full accreditation was granted in 1976, 1981, 1988, and 1999 and the college continues to be accredited today through the Higher Learning Commission.

As part of the college’s regional accreditation requirements, SFCC chooses to participate in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) pathway of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

AQIP Milestones and Systems Portfolios

  • 2003 – adopted the methodology of AQIP as a way to infuse the principles and benefits of continuous quality improvement into the campus culture
  • August 2005 – accepted into HLC’s AQIP pathway
  • November 2008 – completed first AQIP Systems Portfolio
  • November 2012 – completed second AQIP Systems Portfolio

Specialized Accreditation

AQIP Action Projects

In addition to the above milestones, SFCC annually submits three action projects for accreditation purposes.

Continuous Quality Improvement

While AQIP provides the framework for regional accreditation requirements, SFCC also promotes and strives to foster a culture of continuous quality improvement in all aspects of the college. The Director of Institutional Accreditation and Effectiveness and the SFCC Quality Council lead this effort.

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