• Accreditation and Quality Initiatives


    Accreditation assesses the capacity of an institution and its programs to assure quality and to produce evidence that it does so. As an accredited institution, Edison State Community College is expected to have the standards, processes, and the will for quality assurance in depth and throughout our educational offerings and programs that includes a focus on student learning, education, continuous improvement, evidence-based institutional learning, integrity, ethical behavior, institutional sustainability, mission-centeredness and accreditation through peer review. Holding accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission is a privilege that we proudly maintain. 

  • Edison State Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. Please see the Accreditation page for Edison State Community College accreditation information.

    As an accredited institution of higher education, Edison State undergoes regular monitoring to maintain accreditation. This monitoring includes compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.

    Criterion 1 | Mission The institution's mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution's operations.
    Criterion 2 | Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct The institution acts with integrity; its conduct is ethical and responsible.
    Criterion 3 | Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support The institution  provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered. 
    Criterion 4 | Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environments and support services; and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.
    Criterion 5 | Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness The institution's resources, structures and processes are sufficient to fulfill its mission, improve the quality of its educational offerings and respond to future challenges and opportunities. The institution plans for the future.

    The full version of the Critera for Accreditation is available online.

    Edison State Community College academic programs that hold accreditation with professional accrediting bodies can be reviewed on the Accreditation page.

    The Higher Learning Commission is required by the U.S. Department of Education to assure that all of its member institutions are complying with the expectations of specific regulations that accreditors must enforce as a part of their federal recognition. In addition, the Commission is required to review the institution's compliance with its Title IV program responsibilities. Compliance with these requirements by both institutions and the Commission is necessary to ensure that institutions accredited by the Commission are eligible for federal financial aid.

    Also see Consumer Information.

    Edison State Community College is currently seeking authorization from other states where instruction is delivered for distance education. Please see the Accreditation page.

  • Quality Initiatives

    Edison State Community College adopted the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) approach to organizational performance in 2000. In 2001, the College joined the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) and the Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN). In 2018, Edison State transitioned from AQIP to the Open Pathway for Accreditation, following HLC's decision to phase out AQIP. The College's focus remains on quality assurance, institutional improvement and innovative initiatives.

    The Edison State Open Pathway Map can be viewed by clicking the button below.

    Open Pathway Map

  • The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is defined by the Higher Learning Commission as "A process that infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation. An institution in AQIP demonstrates how it meets accreditation standards and expectation through a sequence of events that align with the ongoing activities of an institution striving to improve its performance."

    Action Projects

    Action Projects are meant to focus institutions into working on various action projects and demonstrate their efforts to quality improvement, develop structures necessary to organize and oversee a quality initiative and to drive institutions to engage their faculty and staff in the project selection thus empowering employees. Action Projects are also meant to open the avenues for peer interaction, feedback and review. Edison State Community College Action Projects can be found by clicking the button below.

    Action Projects

     Systems Portfolio

    The Systems Portfolio | Systems Appraisal process is defined by the Higher Learning Commission as "An opportunity for an institution to get expert, objective, third-party feedback on its strengths and opportunities for improvement every four years. In turn, institutions gain insight in determining the next targets for advancing quality in the institution through Action Projects and other plans." This public document describes fundamental institutional systems that cover the AQIP categories. Each institution publishes a document that contains descriptions of the processes, documented results and improvements. The Edison State Community College Systems Portfolio | Systems Appraisal documents can be viewed by clicking the button below.

    Portfolios | Appraisals

    Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is at the core of our quality thinking. It means that Edison State will continuously evaluate our operations and processes to make them better, focusing on the process rather than the individual. CQI Process Teams apply the Plan|Do|Check|Act cycle of quality improvement and the President's Cabinet monitors the results. Any continuous quality improvement journey is long and arduous… it is continuous. Edison State's process management focus supports our efforts to be a stronger, learner-centered college, to encourage a more positive workplace and to be more supportive of each other in an ever-changing higher education environment.

    CQI Process Teams

    CQI Process Teams are commissioned by the CQI Steering Committee to address college-wide opportunities for improvement. All CQI processes are continually evaluated for cycles of improvement, ownership and subsequent retirement of any process that has been successfully integrated into daily business operations. For more information on the CQI Process Team Policy and Commissioning a CQI Process Team, please contact Mona Walters.

    The Alliance for Innovation and Transformation (AFIT), previously the Continuous Quality Improvement Network (CQIN), raises the bar for higher education. The mission of the AFIT is to provide its members inspired learning, development and networking opportunities focused on customer-driven value, innovation, transformation skills and techniques and long-term sustainability. AFIT is focused on being the foremost authority on innovation and organizational transformation in higher education.

    Each year, selected members of Edison State Community College, plan and implement a college-wide project based on innovative and transformative principles and practices as a way of continuously improving the institution. Teams and their projects can be viewed by clicking the button below.

    Teams & Projects

    Our commitment to excellence and quality continues and is demonstrated via our applications for state quality awards submitted to The Partnership for Excellence. Edison State Community College received a Silver Level Award in 2011 and 2013, recognizing our commitment to excellence based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

     The Partnership for Excellence Award measures performance in the following areas

    • Leadership
    • Strategic Planning
    • Customer Focus
    • Measurement
    • Analysis and Knowledge Management
    • Workforce Focus
    • Operations Focus
    • Results 
     The Partnership for Excellence 2013 Award2013 Partnership for Excellence Application
    2013 Feedback Report
     The Partnership for Excellence 2011 Award2011 Partnership for Excellence Application
    2011 Feedback Report

    Additional information about The Partnership for Excellence is available on their website.

    Edison State Community College utilizes a Baldrige-based Employee Satisfaction Survey to evaluate our leadership's performance in providing an understandable mission, guiding values, positive work environment, information sharing, individual career advancement opportunities, prioritization of initiatives and opportunities.

    The Employee Satisfaction Survey is an annual measurement of employee satisfaction in the AQIP/Baldrige criterion of
    • Leadership
    • Measurement | Analysis | Knowledge Management
    • Process Management
    • Results
    • Strategic Planning
    • Workforce Focus
     The Employee Satisfaction Survey measures the level of which employees are satisfied with the intent of the statement on an 5-point scale of
    • Strongly Agree
    • Agree
    • Neither Agree nor Disagree
    • Disagree
    • Strongly Disagree 


    The Employee Satisfaction Survey is figured on a 'positive response' rating where the total of the positive indicators are divided by the total of the positive and negative indicators. 'Neither Agree nor Disagree' responses are not factored in the totals. The results of the most recent survey can be found below.

    2018 Employee Satisfaction Results

    Prior Years' Results    
    2017 Employee Satisfaction Results  
    2016 Employee Satisfaction Results  
    2015 Employee Satisfaction Results  
    2014 Employee Satisfaction Results  

    The 2005 CQIN Team introduced Edison State Community College to the phrase "Get on the Bus." Through the years, different meanings have been associated with this cliché. What does "Get on the Bus" mean at Edison State? It's simple… teamwork that leads to quality and excellence in our performance. It takes all of us working together to move Edison State forward to the achievement of our mission and vision, to the appreciation of our core values, and most importantly, to the accomplishment of student success. In 2011, "Get on the Bus" was replaced by "The ECC Quality Bus" focusing on the true intent of the CQIN project.  Quality Bus

    A Critter Celebration

    A Critter Celebration!

    Has a coworker gone 'above and beyond'? Did someone do, say or provide something that exceeded expectations? Let them know. Give them a 'critter' and then tell us about it and share the good work done by others. Click the button below to tell us your favorite 'critter' tale!

    I've Got A 'Critter' Tale

    Quality Leaders

    The following individuals have periodic communication with the President. Unresolved concerns may be shared with your representative group to be discussed with the President.

    Academic Year 2018–2019

    ESEA Representatives | Executive Committee
    President  Dustin Wenrich
    Vice President  
    Treasurer  Vickie Kirk   
     Academic Senate Executive Committee
    Chair  Elisha Hicks
    Past Chair  Shirley Moore
    Secretary  Vickie Kirk
    Academic Standards | Executive Committee Member  Ruth Barney
    Assessment | Executive Committee Member  Brian Leingang
    Curriculum | Executive Committee Member  Greg Clem
    Professional Development | Executive Committee Member  Amanda Bylczynski
    Non-Faculty | Executive Committee Member  Amber Selhorst 

    Governance Senate Representatives

    Academic Year 2018–2019

    Student Senate | Officers
    President  Meghan Cotterman
    Vice President  Kevin Greenberg
    Treasurer  Stephanie Mizer
    Secretary Boz Howard
    Publicity Chair  Alycia Davidson
    Event Coordinator  Yang Ao Lui

    Staff Senate | Representatives
    Chair  Amy Crow
    Secretary  Helen Wilcox
    Morgan Abney
    Karen Baker
    Harold Hitchcock

     President's Council | Representatives
    Gail Ahmed
    Beth Bengough
    Veronica French
    Sharon McFadden
    Vince Miller 
    Caryn Scott
    Josh Scully
    Amber Selhorst
    Jared Shimp

    President's Cabinet

    Academic Year 2018–2019

    Chris Spradin
    John Shishoff
    Rick Hanes
    Mona Walters
    Chad Beanblossom
    Heather Lanham