Higher Learning Commission

Mid-Plains Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC is an independent corporation founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits and thereby grants membership in the Commission to degree-granting postsecondary educational institutions in the North Central region. 

Accreditation Evidence

Note: In June 2018, HLC made the decision to sunset the AQIP Pathway for accreditation. MPCC is transitioning to the Open Pathway with a comprehensive visit in 2022-23. (Information on the Open Pathway will be posted below soon.) 

Academic Quality Improvement Program – AQIP

MPCC participates in the AQIP pathway, which is one of three options institutions have for maintaining accreditation with HLC. Like the other pathways, it is focused on quality assurance and institutional improvement, but with an added emphasis on helping institutions achieve continuous quality improvement. The AQIP Pathway follows an eight-year cycle.

The MPCC Board of Governors has made AQIP a priority by adopting it as the accreditation standard for the College. This process will enable the College to prepare for and embrace the 21st Century needs of our students.

Action Projects

During each year of the cycle, institutions on the AQIP Pathway will maintain at least three Action Projects, short-term projects that the institution believes will have the most impact on quality improvement. Institutions are required to submit at least three Action Projects for review annually, with at least one project focused on student learning. At MPCC, most Action Projects are linked directly to the current Strategic Plan.

MPCC Current Action Project List




AQIP Category

Status Update

Year Completed


Student Services Assessment

Andy Long (Lead), Holly Andrews, Crystal Evans, Julie Gage, Tim Golden, Mari Jo Widger

5-Knowledge Mgmt. & Resource Stewardship




Technology Procedure Creation Process

Tim Hall (Lead), Randy Brown, Farra Morgan, Janet Stalder, Chris Turner, Trent Wiese, Rebecca Wrage

1-Helping Students Learn




College Readiness

Brian Obert (Lead), Michael Driskell, Bridget Lange

2-Meeting Student Needs




Intra-College Communication #2

Lana Albrecht-Watson (Lead), Karen Haller, Nicole Kissinger

3-Valuing Employees




Improve identification of Key Performance Indicators

Tad Pfeifer (Lead), Carol Bodeen, Brenda Ledall, Jean Miller, Cindy Odean, Jamie Peters, Angela Raby, Ann Reichle, Janet Stalder, Mike Steele, Holly Andrews

6-Quality Overview




Strategic Enrollment Plan Development

Andy Long (Lead)

4-Planning and Leading




Increase Understanding of Other Cultures

Josh York (co-Lead), Loretta Hauxwell, Heather Pucket, Carol Garrison, Cathy Nutt, Cindy Odean, Jean Condon

1-Helping Students Learn




Increase Technical Offerings

Gail Knott (lead), Paul Knopick, Scott Smalley, Farra Morgan, Angie Chittick, Steve Kramer, Mary Pierce

1-Helping Students Learn




Fiscal Support

Erin Brown (co-lead), Kelly Rippen (co-lead), Kathy Harrison, Erika Gleason, Veronica Wolf, Lorrie Mowry, Ann Reichle, Mandy Brandes, Lena Koebel

2-Meeting Student Needs


 In progress


Course Scheduling

Brandon Pritchett (co-lead), Chad Swanson, Becky Barner, Wilma Douty, Tyler Esch, Heather Harvie, Joanna Jacobs, Sharon Kircher, Mary Lister, Kathy McCune, Jean Miller, Sally Thalken

5-Knowledge Mgmt. & Resource Stewardship


 In progress


Improving Alumni and Community Engagement

Bonnie Kruse (lead), Holly Andrews, Kathy Harrison, Janelle Higgins, Heather Johnson, Doug Clouatre, Brett Niemeth
Lisa Beans, Tim Zehnder

2-Meeting Student Needs


 In progress


Improving the Early Alert Process

Brian Obert (co-lead), Bobbi Muehlenkamp (co-lead), Jeanine Daily, Jessie Allen, Bryan Herrick, Peggy Fisher, Hayley Kobza, Renelle Mooney, Trent Wiese, Farrah Morgan

2-Meeting Student Needs


 In progress

Systems Portfolios and Appraisals

Institutions complete Systems Portfolios to demonstrate that the Criteria for Accreditation are being met. The institution provides evidence on how it plans, implements, reports and utilizes data for the AQIP Pathway Categories and also includes evidence related to the Criteria for Accreditation.

2017 MPCC Systems Portfolio
2012 MPCC Systems Portfolio
2012 MPCC Systems Portfolio - Systems Appraisal
2012 MPCC Systems Portfolio - Supplemental Materials

MPCC’s last Quality Checkup visit (now known as the Comprehensive Quality visit) was in 2013. Click here for documents related to the 2013 visit.

Comprehensive Quality Review

Institutions undergo a Comprehensive Quality Review in year eight or year four of the cycle as part of a broader comprehensive evaluation to ensure they are meeting the Criteria for Accreditation, pursuing institutional improvement, and complying with certain requirements set by the U.S. Department of Education.

Strategic Planning

MPCC’s strategic plan is the end result of the analysis of input from college stakeholders including:

  • Students
  • Community members
  • College employees
  • Educational agency representatives
  • Business and industry representatives
  • The Higher Learning Commission

Focused on continuous quality improvement process emphasized by the AQIP pathway, most strategic plan goals are linked to an existing AQIP category.

2015-18 Leading for Tomorrow

Work on MPCC’s current strategic plan, Leading for Tomorrow, begun in the fall of 2014 with face-to-face input sessions held in McCook and North Platte, as well as the four campus regions served by Broken Bow, Imperial, Ogallala, and Valentine. Included in these discussions were representatives of local educational agencies, business, industry, economic development, civic organizations, and governmental entities. Current students and employees also participated in focus groups to discuss topics that were most important and promised to have an impact on the effectiveness of the college. Accreditation agency feedback, as well as regularly scheduled stakeholder survey results such as the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE), and the Entering Student Survey, were also consulted.

Prior Strategic Plans