Academic Quality Improvement Program


The college has been continuously accredited since 1983. In 2007, Santa Fe Community College was accepted into the AQIP Pathway (Academic Quality Improvement Program), an alternative accreditation process for organizations already accredited by the Commission. The AQIP Pathway requires the college to operate and maintain evidence of continuous quality improvement, as demonstrated by ongoing action projects and a systems portfolio. Quality, in this context, means the employment of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle of problem-solving techniques:Santa Fe Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.


AQIP processes are directed by the AQIP Steering Committee.

AQIP Pathway Systems Portfolio 2015

Every four years SFCC completes a self-study entitled the Systems Portfolio, a comprehensive accreditation document that describes SFCC’s processes and progress in the six AQIP categories:

  • Helping Students Learn
  • Meeting Student and Other  Key Stakeholder  Needs
  • Valuing Employees
  • Planning and Leading
  • Knowledge Management and Resource Stewardship
  • Quality Overview

For more information, please contact Jill Carlson, Director of Assessment and Accreditation, 505-428-1715,