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RCTC has three current action projects:

  1. Assessment of Student Learning: Closing the Loop,
  2. Master Academic Plan,
  3. Strategic Enrollment Management.

    Read more about these projects in the AQIP Action Project Directory.


AQIP Action Plan Annual Updates and Reviews


AQIP-Baldrige Pilot Documents (alternate Systems Portfolio submission)

AQIP Action Plan Annual Updates and Reviews




AQIP Systems Portfolio:

Systems Appraisal Report 2007 (pdf)

AQIP Vital Few

Active Projects

First Year College Experience (FYEX)

Develop, pilot, and fully implement a First-Year Experience course (FYEX) for an appropriate cohort of incoming students. 

Strengthening the Capability of the Workforce

The goal of this project is to reinforce the achievement of action plans through a focus on strengthening the capacity of the workforce.

Intrusive Advising

Develop an advising model that aligns with college values, standards of excellence and policies; serves and engages students in academic and life planning; promotes awareness and use of available resources; and supports purposeful and planned interventions by applying a systematic framework.  The project scope includes process management, use of data, training and development, best practice identification, continuous improvement; celebration and recognition of accomplishments.  Initial actions will include defining and developing an appreciative advising model, a project schedule with time-lines, actions, responsibilities and measures.

Past or Retired Projects

Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness (Retired Project)

This project focuses on the creation of an accountability framework providing a systematic approach to measure institutional effectiveness. Activities include the identification of college Indicators will cascade throughout the college assisting departments to align their indicators with college indicators and goals. Identifying competitive and comparative data and best practices is another focal point of the project. Another major project is to link of data systems and sources via a common portal enhancing access and reliability to data and information. This will support college leadership and staff in planning and decision-making.

Assessment of Student Learning (Retired Project)

The goal of this project is to create a learning organization grounded on a comprehensive assessment process fostering a culture that values innovation and continuous improvement. Additionally, this project will result in the establishment of a systematic approach to measure student learning. Measuring the outcomes of teaching and learning-centered processes is key in the determination of institutional accountability and institutional effectiveness. Student learning results are core indicators demonstrating institutional accountability and provide faculty with information to continuously improve teaching and learning.

Human Resources Planning (Retired Project)

This project will focus on creating a comprehensive human resources plan that aligns with the college's strategic directions, rectifying concerns raised by The Higher Learning Commission and Minnesota Council for Quality (MCQ). The Higher Learning Commission has also cited the aging of the RCTC staff and its diversity as issues to address. Components of the human resources plan may include, but are not limited to, faculty and staff recruitment, employee orientation, employee retention, faculty and staff diversity, and professional and personal development.

Web sites:

AQIP - www.hlcommission.org

Higher Learning Commission - www.ncahlc.org


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