Assistant Dean for Accreditation and Academic Effectiveness
Director | Institutional Research
Institutional Research Specialist
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.
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.
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.
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Edison State Community College is currently seeking authorization from other states where instruction is delivered for distance education. Please see the Accreditation page.
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 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.
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 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
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 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.
2018 Employee Satisfaction Results
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 2020–2021
Staff Senate | RepresentativesChair Harold Hitchcock
Secretary Helen Wilcox
Karen BakerRhonda RichMarissa Teneyugue
Denise ShafferAmber Hare Levi Smith