Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association. KCKCC is fully accredited and has been approved under Commission policy to offer up to 100% of its total degree programs through distance education. The college’s next comprehensive evaluation is 2015-2016.
In April 2011, Kansas City Kansas Community College was invited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC) to be one of 23 institutions of higher education to participate in Cohort 3 in the Open Pathways Demonstration Project. Open Pathways is a new model for accreditation which has as its goals making re-accreditation more meaningful to institutions, reducing repetitive data reporting, and making more evident the quality of higher education. This model separates the continued accreditation process into two components: the Assurance Review and the Quality Initiative. Cohorts I & 2 tested and refined the model during its development by undertaking a Quality Initiative that has either been independently designed by each institution or one that is undertaken by a group of institutions as a whole. Cohort 3, funded by the Lumina Foundation, has been tasked with testing Lumina’s proposed Degree Qualifications Profile as its Quality Initiative. KCKCC’s participation in the pilot serves as fulfillment of the Quality Initiative component of the Open Pathway accreditation process.
Dr. Tamara Agha-Jaffar, Vice President for Academic Affairs, has led the process for implementing the Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP). KCKCC’s successful participation in the DQP pilot has helped us to establish a culture of assessment at the institution with increased faculty engagement; to identify where and to what degree the DQP competencies are being addressed in the curriculum; to simplify the assessment process; and to provide valuable feedback to faculty for making informed decisions about course/program modifications based on the data.