Academic Quality Improvement Program
In 2001, Fort Hays State University embarked on a new and exciting chapter in its century-long development as an academic institution in the state of Kansas. Having received the support of the Kansas Board of Regents, the University embraced a new model of accreditation called the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). The North Central Association (NCA) has allowed member institutions to pursue a track which seeks to adopt the guiding principles of continuous quality improvement as its guiding force. Fort Hays State University has accepted this challenge.
In the years to come, FHSU will evolve guided by the quality initiatives of its individual units, faculty, staff and students. The process of integrating people into a new culture of assessment, accountability and continuous improvement is underway, and our results appear promising. Change will occur both rapidly, and as part of the long-range strategic plan of the institution.
On this site you should expect to find items like our mission statement, goals and objectives, AQIP Systems Portfolio, and other accreditation information. However, you will also find some unique Fort Hays items, such as a posting board for discussion of issues related to our efforts, minutes of relevant committee meetings, faculty development issues, and other University quality initiatives.
Perhaps most important, this year FHSU moves forward in the AQIP process in completing its second systems portfolio. As the University takes pause to reflect on the past six years of quality improvement processes, it is critically important that all stakeholders be involved in the process - from the President to the students.