• Accreditation and Quality Initiatives


    Accreditation assesses the capacity of an institution and its programs to assure quality and to produce evidence that it does so. As an accredited institution, Edison State Community College is expected to have the standards, processes, and the will for quality assurance in depth and throughout our educational offerings and programs that includes a focus on student learning, education, continuous improvement, evidence-based institutional learning, integrity, ethical behavior, institutional sustainability, mission-centeredness and accreditation through peer review. Holding accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission is a privilege that we proudly maintain. 

  • Edison State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. Please see the Accreditation page for Edison State Community College accreditation information.

    As an accredited institution of higher education, Edison State undergoes regular monitoring to maintain accreditation. This monitoring includes compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.

    Criterion 1 | Mission The institution's mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution's operations.
    Criterion 2 | Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
    Criterion 3 | Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support The institution  provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered. 
    Criterion 4 | Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments and support services; and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
    Criterion 5 | Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness The institution's resources, structures and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

    The full version of the Critera for Accreditation is available online.

    Edison State Community College academic programs that hold accreditation with professional accrediting bodies can be reviewed on the Accreditation page.

    The Higher Learning Commission is required by the U.S. Department of Education to assure that all of its member institutions are complying with the expectations of specific regulations that accreditors must enforce as a part of their federal recognition. In addition, the Commission is required to review the institution's compliance with its Title IV program responsibilities. Compliance with these requirements by both institutions and the Commission is necessary to ensure that institutions accredited by the Commission are eligible for federal financial aid.

    Also see Consumer Information.

    Edison State Community College is currently seeking authorization from other states where instruction is delivered for distance education. Please see the Accreditation page.

  • Quality Initiatives

    Edison State Community College adopted the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approach to organizational performance in 2000. In 2001, the College joined the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and the Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN). In 2018, Edison State transitioned from AQIP to the Open Pathway for Accreditation, following HLC's decision to phase out AQIP. The College's focus remains on quality assurance, institutional improvement and innovative initiatives.

    The Edison State Open Pathway Map can be viewed by clicking the button below.

    Open Pathway Map

  • Action Projects

    Action Projects are meant to focus institutions into working on various action projects and demonstrate their efforts to quality improvement, develop structures necessary to organize and oversee a quality initiative and to drive institutions to engage their faculty and staff in the project selection thus empowering employees. Action Projects are also meant to open the avenues for peer interaction, feedback and review. Edison State Community College Action Projects can be found by clicking the button below.

    Action Projects

     Systems Portfolio

    The Systems Portfolio | Systems Appraisal process is defined by the Higher Learning Commission as "An opportunity for an institution to get expert, objective, third-party feedback on its strengths and opportunities for improvement every four years. In turn, institutions gain insight in determining the next targets for advancing quality in the institution through Action Projects and other plans." This public document describes fundamental institutional systems that cover the AQIP categories. Each institution publishes a document that contains descriptions of the processes, documented results and improvements. The Edison State Community College Systems Portfolio | Systems Appraisal documents can be viewed by clicking the button below.

    Portfolios | Appraisals

    Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is at the core of our quality thinking. It means that Edison State will continuously evaluate our operations and processes to make them better, focusing on the process rather than the individual. CQI Process Teams apply the Plan | Do | Check | Act cycle of quality improvement and the President's Cabinet monitors the results. Any continuous quality improvement journey is long and arduous—it is continuous. Edison State's process management focus supports our efforts to be a stronger, learner-centered college, to encourage a more positive workplace and to be more supportive of each other in an ever-changing higher education environment.

    CQI Process Teams

    CQI Process Teams are commissioned by the CQI Steering Committee to address college-wide opportunities for improvement. All CQI processes are continually evaluated for cycles of improvement, ownership and subsequent retirement of any process that has been successfully integrated into daily business operations. For more information on the CQI Process Team Policy and Commissioning a CQI Process Team, please contact Dr. Amanda Bylczynski.

    The Alliance for Innovation and Transformation (AFIT), previously the Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN), raises the bar for higher education. The mission of the AFIT is to provide its members inspired learning, development and networking opportunities focused on customer-driven value, innovation, transformation skills and techniques and long-term sustainability. AFIT is focused on being the foremost authority on innovation and organizational transformation in higher education.

    Edison State was a member of AFIT until 2019, sending teams annually to the Summer Institute to plan and implement a college-wide project based on innovative and transformative principles and practices as a way of continuously improving the institution. Teams and their projects can be viewed by clicking the button below.

    Teams & Projects

    Edison State Community College utilizes a Baldrige-based Employee Satisfaction Survey to evaluate our leadership's performance in providing an understandable mission, guiding values, positive work environment, information sharing, individual career advancement opportunities, prioritization of initiatives and opportunities.

    The Employee Satisfaction Survey is an annual measurement of employee satisfaction in the AQIP/Baldrige criterion of
    • Leadership
    • Measurement | Analysis | Knowledge Management
    • Process Management
    • Results
    • Strategic Planning
    • Workforce Focus
     The Employee Satisfaction Survey measures the level of which employees are satisfied with the intent of the statement on an 5-point scale of
    • Strongly Agree
    • Agree
    • Neither Agree nor Disagree
    • Disagree
    • Strongly Disagree 


    The Employee Satisfaction Survey is figured on a 'positive response' rating where the total of the positive indicators are divided by the total of the positive and negative indicators. 'Neither Agree nor Disagree' responses are not factored in the totals. The results of the most recent survey can be found below.

    2021 Employee Satisfaction Results

    Prior Years' Results    
    2018 Employee Satisfaction Results  
    2017 Employee Satisfaction Results  
    2016 Employee Satisfaction Results  
    2015 Employee Satisfaction Results  

    Quality Leaders

    The following individuals have periodic communication with the President. Unresolved concerns may be shared with your representative group to be discussed with the President.

    Academic Year 2022–2023

    ESEA Representatives | Executive Committee
    President  Dustin Wenrich                 
    Vice President  TBA                                                                                                      
    Secretary  TBA
    Treasurer  Vickie Kirk   
     Academic Senate Executive Committee
    Chair  William Loudermilk
    Past Chair  Greg Clem
    Secretary  Vickie Kirk
    Academic Standards | Executive Committee Member  Eileen Thompson
    Assessment | Executive Committee Member  Enrique Rivera-Cerezo                  
    Curriculum | Executive Committee Member  Susan Barth
    Professional Development | Executive Committee Member  Beka Lindeman                                                                                      
    Non-Faculty | Executive Committee Member  Amber Hare 

    Governance Senate Representatives

    Academic Year 2022–2023

    Student Senate | Officers
    Director of Operations 
    Director of Administration

    Staff Senate | Representatives
    Chair  Karen Baker
    Secretary  Helen Willcox
    Morgan Abney
    Amy Borgert
    Al Decker
    Melissa Eve
    Rhonda Rich
    Tucker Schneider 
    Marissa Teneyuque

     President's Council | Representatives
    Senior Leadership
    Chad Beanblossom
    Amy Crow
    Dr. Rick Hanes
    Bruce Jamison
    Heather Lanham
    James Lehmkuhl
    Kara Myers
    Chris Spradlin

    Gail Ahmed
    Marva Archibald
    Rachael Detraz
    Vickie Kirk
    William Loudermilk
    Vince Miller                 
    Erin Reese                                  
    Rebecca Shinaman
    Dr. Sara Young

    Stacey Bean
    Amy Borgert
    Todd Brittingham
    Tom Burelison
    Nate Cole
    Andrea Francis
    Roger Fulk
    Amber Hare
    Lisa Hoops
    Paige Kiley
    Bruce McKenzie
    Christina Raterman
    Joe Ratermann  

    Jill Bobb
    Dr. Amanda Bylczynski
    Rachel Carlisle
    Dr. Jessica Chambers
    Macy Guillozet
    Dr. Paul Heintz
    Harold Hitchcock
    Brandi Olberding
    Dr. Andy Runyan

    President's Cabinet

    Academic Year 2022–2023

    Chad Beanblossom
    Amy Crow
    Dr. Rick Hanes
    Bruce Jamison
    Heather Lanham
    James Lehmkuhl
    Kara Myers
    Chris Spradin