Menominee Choose AQIP Over Self-Study Process

Feb 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 21-3: Tribal College Faculty, Spring 2010, Tribal College News

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN, Keshena, WI) has been approved for participation in the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). With its selection in Fall 2009 as an AQIP school, the college began a seven-year cycle of quality improvement activities that include strategy forums, action projects, systems portfolios, and system appraisals.

These activities substitute for the self-study process that most tribal colleges participate in. CMN currently holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Completion of the AQIP process will result in a Reaffirmation of Accreditation for the College.

In applying for the program, CMN President Verna Fowler, Ph.D., said, “The College of Menominee Nation is at a critical stage of development where the goals, focus, and structure of AQIP can provide more value as an accreditation model” than the alternative self-study process.

She added that her college’s leadership, staff, and faculty believe that AQIP is more compatible with the tribal college’s mission and values.

To learn more, call Irene Kiefer at

(715) 799-6226, ext. 3155, or visit

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