HLC-Pathways at MCC
In 2010-11, Metropolitan Community College became one of several institutions selected
by the Higher Learning Commission to participate in the Open Pathways Project. The Pathways project is a proposed new model for continued accreditation.
MCC has made great strides toward meeting these new goals. MCC’s reaccreditation date is scheduled for fall of 2015. As a result, our participation
as a pioneer institution in the Pathways project led us to submit the Improvement
Process component which was successfully completed in 2014.
To learn more about MCC’s response to the Improvement Process - Pathways Project for Reaccreditation and current assessment efforts; see the following reports and DACC minutes for updates.
Quality Initiative Results
Academy for the Assessment of Student Learning - PDF
Sustainability Plan - PDF
Outcomes and Student Learning - PowerPoint
HLC-Open Pathways Project
The project consists of two complementary components: (1) the Assurance Process, and
(2) the Improvement Process.
- Assurance Process
The Assurance Process consists of ongoing review and monitoring. Each year, the College
submits an Annual Institutional Data Update (AIDU) which allows the HLC to review
financial and non-financial indicators and follow up as needed. The process also consists
of a more formal review, occurring in years four and ten of the accreditation cycle.
The Assurance is based on evidence that is compiled and stored electronically. The
fourth-year review consists of analysis of the electronic evidence file and a telephone
or video conference, if needed. The tenth-year review adds a campus visit.
- Improvement Process (Quality Initiative)
To complete the Improvement Process, the institution designs a Quality Initiative
based on its own needs. The Quality Initiative includes a proposal that outlines the
project and details the expected outcomes. The proposal is reviewed by a set of peer
reviewers. Once approval occurs, the initiative is implemented. In general, initiatives
may begin in years 5 or 7 and must conclude by year 9 of the 10-year accreditation
cycle. Because MCC is serving as a pioneer institution, and thus the time frame is
significantly shortened, the MCC’s Quality Initiative does not need to be completed
The Quality Initiative also includes a report, prepared by the institution at the
conclusion of the project. The report is reviewed, typically at a distance, by a peer
review team. A campus visit may be requested by the institution. The peer review team
writes a report and recommendations. It should be noted that no sanctions can arise
from the Quality Initiative.