Accreditation Information

Regional Accreditation

Independence Community College received its first accreditation in 1957 from The Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.  The College is currently accredited through The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.  ICC received admission to AQIP in 2003 after submitting its final Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality (PEAQ) Comprehensive Evaluation in 1998.  The institution's second Systems Portfolio was submitted for review to the Commission in 2011 with reaffirmation of accreditation in 2012.  Independence Community College’s most recent Systems Portfolio may be viewed by clicking the link to the right-hand side of this web page.
The College’s AQIP Steering Committee provides campus wide leadership in continuous quality improvement and accreditation activities. The committee shall provide recommendations for strategic planning efforts, both developmental and for implementation. The Committee is a resource to assist the campus in making data-driven changes. Current Committee membership: Daniel Barwick, PhD, Breta, Campus, Mary Jo Dancer, Tammie Geldenhuys, Wendy Isle, Amanda Jones, Lily Morgan (Chair), Debbie Phelps (Secretary, Accreditation Liaison Officer), Cherie Stockton, Jamie Thompson, Keli Tuschman, James Yates, PhD.

Independence Community College is a member of KAQIP, the Kansas Association of AQIP institutions. Representatives from two- and four-year colleges and universities meet twice per calendar year to collaborate for the purpose of continuous quality academic improvement at each member institution.

ICC submits three Action Projects per year to the Higher Learning Commission. More information pertaining to current and past projects is available through a search of the AQIP Action Project Directory. Use the "Institution" drop down box to select ICC, then click the button labeled "Find Projects." 

 Academic Quality Improvement Program

Independence Community College 2015 Systems Portfolio

Documents in Support of the 2015 Systems Portfolio

Strategic Plan

2011 Systems Appraisal Feedback Report

2012-2017 Strategic Plan

2014-2016 Veterinary Technology Essential Skills

2015-2016 Concurrent Enrollment Packet

2015-2016 Faculty and Staff Handbook

Academic Integrity Form

Annual Data Report for Financial Affairs

Annual Data for Online Education

Assuring Quality

Campus Culture Survey Summary Report

Departmental Review Self Assessment Guide

Economic Impact Study Executive Summary

Economic Impact Study Fact Sheet

Economic Impact Study Impact on Local Business

Economic Impact Study Return on Investment to Society

Economic Impact Study Return on Investment to Students

Economic Impact Study Return on Investment to Taxpayers

GE Assessment for Communication AY 2014

GE Assessment for Information Literacy AY 2014

Hiring and Recruiting Values Alignment Rubric

ICC Board of Trustee Oath of Office

ICC Educational Effectiveness Framework for AY 2014

ICC General Education Assessment Rubric for AY 2014

ICC Library 2012-2013 Annual Report

ICC Library 2013-2014 Annual Report

ICC Library 2014-2015 Annual Report

ICC Program Review Template

NACEP Accreditation Guide

NACEP Standards 2011

Registrar Manual

Specialized Program Accreditation for Veterinary Technology

Student Affairs Assessment Plan Rubric

Student Ratings of Instruction Spring 2014


2014-2015 Projects

Culture and Infrastructure Improvement Campaign

Revised Standing Committee Structure

FERPA Training Employee Quiz

FERPA Training for Employees

Sexual Harrassment Employee Quiz

Sexual Harrassment Training for Employees

Improving College-Level Written Communication across the Curriculum

Improved Processes for Employee Training

2014 New Hire Survey

For more information about AQIP please contact Debbie Phelps at (620) 332-5419 or


Higher Learning Commission Accreditation