Aims receives reaccreditation through 2017-18Submitted on: 07-30-2011
Aims Community College is proud to announce that on April 26, 2011, the College received notification of reaffirmation of full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. "We are very excited to get this official notice from the Higher Learning Commission," said Aims President Marsi Liddell. Aims has been fully accredited since 1977 and participates in the Colorado statewide articulation agreement. All courses that meet the Guaranteed Transfer criteria, set by the State of Colorado, will transfer to any public college or university in the state. "The state agreement assures students they can transfer those credits from Aims to any 2- or 4-year state school and transfer from any of them to Aims," Liddell said. "Students need to do their homework when looking at colleges to ensure they are accredited and part of the statewide agreement so their credits will mean something." Although the next reaffirmation of accreditation is not scheduled until 2017, that doesn't mean Aims will be resting on its laurels. Since 2004, Aims has been part of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) through the Higher Learning Commission which means reports are submitted regularly to ensure the College is constantly improving. In 2009, a site visit was conducted by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This visit was part of the regular updates in the seven-year reaffirmation cycle. "The site team that visited Aims gave us a clean bill of health and the reviewers were very pleased with everything they saw here," Liddell said. To see the site report, an overview of the AQIP process and video from the reviewers, go to http://www.aims.edu/about/accreditation.htm One of the site evaluators, Patty Fairchild from Mid-State Technical College said at the time, "We were so impressed. AQIP really is a part of the culture here … That is something for you to be very proud of." She later said that students interviewed in the process loved the friendliness of Aims and the sense of community they felt at the college. Liddell echoed that sentiment. "The Q in AQIP is Quality and that's what this reaffirmation truly represents. It's the quality of our curriculum and our programs. But more important, it's the quality of our people who make sure our students get the best education they can," she said.
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