Quality Initiative Proposal Samples
Institutions on the Open Pathway are required to undertake a major Quality Initiative designed to suit their present concerns or aspirations. The Quality Initiative takes place between Years 5 and 9 of the 10-year Open Pathway Cycle. A Quality Initiative may be designed to begin and be completed during this time, or an institution may continue an initiative already in progress or achieve a key milestone in the work of a longer initiative. The Quality Initiative is intended to allow institutions to take risks, aim high, and if so be it, learn from only partial success or even failure.
The Higher Learning Commission has selected the following Quality Initiative Proposals as samples for institutions that are currently planning or working on their own proposals. The samples illustrate the wide range of projects that can be used as Quality Initiatives, and demonstrate the information and level of detail that HLC's peer reviewers need when evaluating submitted proposals. HLC recommends them for study, but they do not represent official HLC directions, rules, or practices.
Special Focus on Civic Engagement Through Quality Initiatives
In support of its Guiding Values that states “every educational institution serves a public purpose,” HLC will feature Quality Initiatives that promote civic learning on campuses. Institutions that select projects for their Quality Initiative that promote civic learning and civic engagement will be recognized for their commitment by HLC publishing their Quality Initiative Proposal on this website.
These Initiatives might take the form of reporting on successful campus action projects, sharing new civic engagement efforts and methods, or describing new partnerships designed to promote civic awareness, community change or service learning.
Institutions looking for resources related to civic engagement activities may want to reach out to the following organizations whose work include publications and conferences that are designed to build awareness, share best practices, and promote broad understanding:
- AAC&U, the Association of American Colleges & Universities
- APSA, the American Political Science Association
- Campus Compact, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting civic learning and social responsibility across America’s colleges and universities
Questions? Contact Jeff Rosen, Vice President of Accreditation Relations and Director of the Open Pathway, at firstname.lastname@example.org.