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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)


Retired AQIP Action Projects

2014-2015: Creating a Future-Focused and Data-Informed Academic Review Process

This project focused on implementing an applicable academic review process for career/technical and general education programs. The key goals were to increase faculty engagement, integrate assessment of student learning, and advance student outcomes through continually improving program offerings.

2013-2014: Building Culture and Capacity for Informed Practice

The College began a long-term evolution toward greater use of data-informed decision making. The project goals were to use applied research for longitudinal analyses of developmental education, to actively involve faculty and staff in designing research studies, and to train faculty and staff how to use data to better understand student success issues.

2011-2015: Intrusive Advising

The College developed an advising model that aligned with college values, standards of excellence and policies; serves and engaged students in academic and life planning; promoted awareness and use of available resources; and supported purposeful and planned interventions by applying a systematic framework. 

2010-2013: First Year College Experience (FYEX)

The College developed, piloted, and fully implemented a First-Year Experience course (FYEX) for incoming students. 

2010-2014: Strengthening the Capability of the Workforce

This project reinforced the achievement of action plans through a focus on strengthening the capacity of the workforce.

2009: Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness

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

2008-2011: Better Serving Stakeholders

The College focused on improving stakeholder satisfaction through more effective management of the student life-cycle process, from application to graduation.

2003-2010: Assessment of Student Learning

This project created a learning organization grounded on a comprehensive assessment process fostering a culture that values innovation and continuous improvement. Additionally, this project established 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.

2003-2010: Human Resources Planning

The College created a comprehensive human resources plan that aligned with the college's strategic directions, rectifying concerns raised by The Higher Learning Commission and Minnesota Council for Quality (MCQ). The Higher Learning Commission also cited the aging of the RCTC staff and its diversity as issues to address.

Web sites:

AQIP - www.hlcommission.org

Higher Learning Commission - www.ncahlc.org


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