Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP)

Accreditation provides objective, peer review of acceptable institutional quality and defines opportunities and incentives for quality improvement. Accreditation is voluntarily sought by institutions and is conferred by non-governmental agencies and is needed to ensure students are eligible to apply for financial aid and that the institution is eligible to apply for certain grants. Here you will find a view of our journey in the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process with The Higher Learning Commission.
Lake Erie College was authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents in 1856. In 1913, the college received accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Since its beginning as a women's college and "little sister" of Mount Holyoke, Lake Erie College has grown into a co-educational college that offers a range of baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Many of our programs are additionally accredited by discipline specific accreditators. For more information please check out the Discipline Specific Accreditation list.
We are currently accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Our Statement of Affiliation Status identifies us as an institution that meets the Commission's Criteria for Accreditation as evaluated through a peer review process called AQIP. Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is one of the options for accreditation through the HLC that is structured around quality improvement principles and processes. Participating in AQIP involves structured goal setting, networking, and accountability activities.

AQIP has identified six categories for institutions to show evidence of continuing to meet the HLC's Criteria for Accreditation. The Systems Portfolio is designed to presents an overview of our institution that explains the major processes, programs and services we use to accomplish our mission. We assemble a Systems Portfolio every four years and AQIP expects each institution to use the six categories to structure its System Portfolio while providing evidence in each to show you are also meeting the Criteria for Accreditation.

For more information about our key processes, and goals, check out the rest of Institutional Research and Planning web pages.
Contact information regarding the HLC is as follows:
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 800.621.7440

Lake Erie College is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The College will host a visit on December 4-6, 2017 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Lake Erie College has been accredited by the HLC since 1913. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding LEC to the following address:

Public Comment on Lake Erie College
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments online at

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by November 6, 2017.