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Higher Learnin​g Commission

​Mid-Plains Community College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits, and thereby grants membership in the Commission and in the North Central Association, degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.

Academic​ Quality Improvement Program - AQIP

The Commission's Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation. An institution in AQIP demonstrates how it meets accreditation standards and expectations through a sequence of events that align with the ongoing activities of an institution striving to improve its performance. AQIP is structured around quality improvement principles and processes and involves a structured set of goal-setting, networking, and accountability activities including AQIP’s Strategy Forums, Systems Appraisals, and various other processes.

Read the Commi​​​ssion's Introduction to AQIP.

Syste​​​​ms ​​​Por​​tfolio

The Systems Portfolios cover the nine AQIP Categories, describing processes, results, and improvement in each system, and shows evidence that the institution continues to meet The Higher Learning Commission's five Criteria for Accreditation.

View the Systems Port​folio​​​​

Supplem​​​​​ental Data for the Systems Portfolio:

ACT Student Opinion Survey - General
ACT Student Opinion Survey - College Services
Evidence of Accomplishments for Strategic Plan 2009-2012
MPCC Relationship Building Processes with Student Sending Organization
Sample Assessment Matrix - Automotive
PACE Survey - Bottom Ten Mean Scores
Graduate Survey Information from MPCC Completion Report 2009-2010
Sample Assessment Matrix - Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
Sample Assessment Matrix - Nursing (ADN)
Results for Learning Support Processes
Employer Assessment of Training and Work Ethic
PACE Survey - Top Ten Mean Scores
ACT Student Opinion Survey - Academics
College Entrance Exam Cut Scores and Course Placements
Processes for Recruitment and Hiring
Leadership and Communication at MPCC
College-wide Safety Responsibilities by Department
ACT Student Opinion Survey - Rules and Policies

Systems Appra​isal Feedback Report​​​

Systems Appraisal Feedback Report, which shows the institution how the team understood its distinctive mission, context, and goals, and provides feedback on ea​ch of the nine AQIP Categories, identifying what the team sees as the institution’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.

Systems Appraisal Feedback Report​​​​​​

MPCC Initial Response​​ to ​​Feedback

AQIP Action ​​​​​Projects

AQIP action projects are specific improvement initiatives that show a serious commitment to a regimen of continuous improvement.

A summary of current and past action projects are listed below. Click on project titles to see reports.

Table of Curren​t and Past Ac​​​tion Projects

​Project No​​Title​MembersStatus Update​Year Concluded
15​​Enhancing Career Service Offerings​Berva Arensdorf (Lead), Crystal Evans, Rex Kemp, Sharon Kircher, Matthew Schranz
Liaison: Marcus Garstecki
​14​Formation of Employee Training Team​Bruce Bergman (Co-Lead), Peggy Calvin, James Garretson, Karen Haller, Brenda Ledall, Aaron McLean, Jennifer Morgan, Jeff Pinkerton, Marina Makovicka, Crystal Welch, Leah Wright, Dora Zeimens (Co-Lead)
Liaisons: Nicole Kissinger, Mike Steele
​13​​Meeting Business Needs​Mandy Brandes, Kaci Johnson, Lena Koebel, Steve Kramer, Bonnie Kruse, Jamie Peters, Angela Raby (Lead)
Liaisons: Angela Raby, Dr. Jody Tomanek
​12 Student Support Services AwarenessThomas Matz, Cindy Odean, Kelly Rippen (Co-Lead), Kristi Salestrom, Tina Walker (Co-Lead)
Liaisons:  Aaron McLean, Andy Long
​11​Establishing an Assessment Leadership TeamHeather Harvie, Mindy Hope, Mary Lister, Cindy Litz, Sara Morris, Lorrie Mowry, Janet Stalder (Co-Lead), Chad Swanson (Co-Lead)
Liaisons: Chad Swanson, Dr. Jody Tomanek
​10 ​Supporting Technology Users​Josh Blagdon, Julie Goans, Tim Hall (Co-Lead), Loretta Hauxwell, Mary Lister, Becky Meyers (Co-Lead), Marla Sanders, Tina Walker
Liaisons: Becky Meyers, Mike Steele
​9​Website Redesign​Kent Beel, Dale Brown, Jared Daily, Jessica Epting (Co-Lead), Christopher Fenwick, Jennifer Morgan, Tad Pfeifer, Chuck Salestrom (Co-Lead), Sky Seery
Liaisons: Tad Pfeifer, Chuck Salestrom
​8​Improving Intra-college Communication​Jessie Allen (Co-Lead), Casey Blake, Willma Douty, Rick Michaelson (Co-Lead), Lana Stewart, Denise Sullivan, Susan Watts
Liaisons: Nicole Kissinger, Ryan Purdy
​7 ​Learning outcome review: When and where​Jared Daily, Crystal Evans, Tim Golden, James Hall, Cindy Litz, Aaron McLean, Lorrie Mowry, Lauri Rickley, Dora Zeimens
Liaisons: Tad Pfeifer, Jody Tomanek
​6 ​Internal customer service​Angie Blocher, Sarah Dockray, Sharon Kircher, Cathy Nutt, Jamie Peters, Brandon Pritchett, Kelly Rippen, Janet Weber
Liaisons: Heather Harvie, Mike Steele
​5Plan for student retention​Jessie Allen, Rob Bogardus, Sarah Dockray, Kathy Fickenscher, Angela Franke, Candace Havely, Sherry Mihel, Tad Pfeifer, Kristi Salestrom (Lead), Carol Sandau, Benjamin Smith
Facilitator: Charles Osteen
​4 ​Summarize evidence of student learning college-wide
Jessie Allen, Megan Friesen, Nicole Hampton, Diane Hoffmann, Sara Morris, Kelly Rippen, Sue Watts
Facilitator: Jan Schartz
​3 ​Effective facility utilization​Karen Bowlin, Tom Gorman, Patty Hongsermeier, Dee Maxwell, Nancy Newman, Jamie Peters, Marla Sanders, Sue Watts, Crystal Welch, Mari Jo Widger (Lead)
Facilitator: Chad Swanson
​2Evaluation of current programs​Lorrie Mowry, Deb Martin, Tyler Esch, Dora Ziemens, Chuck Salestrom, Janet Weber, Berva Arensdorf, Steve Johnson, Becky Meyers
Facilitator: Michele Gill
​1New program evaluation​Angela Raby, Lana Stewart
Facilitator: Cinch Munson

AQIP Core Team

Marcus Garstecki, Ryan Purdy, Heather Harvie, Nicole Kissinger, Andy Long,  Aaron McLean, Becky Meyers, Cindy Odean, Tad Pfeifer, Angela Raby, Chad Swanson

Quality Checkup Visit Materials

Branch Campus Report
Campus Maps
Federal Compliance Materials
Quality Program Summary

AQIP Updates

Agenda for the AQIP Quality Checkup Visit
AQIP Appraisal Feedback Report
AQIP Quality Checkup Visit
AQIP Quality Principles
In-progress Action Projects
MPCC Completed Action Projects
Quality Checkup Visit 2013 Summary
Strategic Planning and AQIP
The NEW Criteria for Accreditation
Upcoming AQIP Action Projects

MPCC Accreditation, Approvals & Memberships​

Mid-Plains Community College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission; Member - North Central Association (NCA), 230 S. LaSalle St. Suite 7-500, Chicago IL 60604-1411, (312) 263-0456,

Additionally, programs are approved or accredited by:

  • Nebraska State Department of Education
  • A.C.T. - American College Testing State Association
  • American Dental Association
  • American Dietetic Association
  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs with oversight from Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Nebraska State Board of Nursing - Credentialing Division - Department of Regulations and Licensure
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)