Action Projects

We use action projects to focus on improving specific areas within the College.

Current Action Projects

Program Review Process Revision - 2016

The purpose of this project is to redesign HCC's internal Program Review process to ensure that Divisions are regularly reviewing the viability of courses and programs and changing or discontinuing when necessary and that they have the appropriate supports (e.g., data) and feedback to ensure a quality review (AQIP Category 1, Process 3).

HLC Academy for Student Persistence & Completion - 2016

This project seeks to focus student persistence and completion (P&C) efforts for Associate of Arts degree-seeking students by developing our understanding of student intent and learning more about student experiences in their first year. Specifically, the outcomes of this project are:

  1. Educate and increase awareness of the HCC community regarding student P&C including definitions and current state of affairs.
  2. Create a process for identifying, collecting, and disseminating data on student intent.
  3. Use data to create AA student personas with a filter for placement.
  4. Use voice-of-student data to inform and validate efforts in outcomes 2 and 3.
  5. Share and analyze with faculty and staff the P&C of student personas to target improvements in the first-year experience of AA degree-seeking students.
  6. Set goal for AA degree-seeking student P&C rates based on evidence uncovered in outcomes 1-5.

Refining Integrated Strategic Planning - 2016

This project seeks to revise, simplify, and develop key performance measures for the College's current Strategic Plan, which runs through 2017. This project also seeks to prepare the College to enter into our next strategic planning cycle by documenting a new, more simplied process for developing, communicating, and reviewing the College's mission, vision, and values and for developing, communicating, implementing, and reviewing the College's Strategic Plan as well as operational plans throughout the organization.

Retired Action Projects

Continuous Improvement Projects Process Development - 2014

This project establishes the infrastructure for continuous improvement of the College. The infrastructure created will allow us to determine what to improve, how to improve it, who is responsible and how we will know it improved. 

Heartland GPS - 2011

Heartland GPS seeks to provide a comprehensive spread of services for area K-12 schools. Career and interest inventories, learning and communication styles inventories, COMPASS test preparatory work, financial aid workshops, ACT prep. etc. will be offered to K-12 schools.

Counseling Needs Assessment - 2011

Counseling Services is important to fulfilling our mission to promote student success. The growing mental health and wellness needs of students have outpaced current services. As Heartland seeks to increase retention and student persistence, enhancing Counseling Services will be important. This project identifies mental health and wellness needs of HCC students. Training and protocols will be created for faculty and staff.

Creating a Framework for Continuous Improvement

This project establishes the infrastructure for continuous improvement of the College. The infrastructure created will allow us to determine what to improve, how to improve it, who is responsible and how we will know it improved. 

Defining a Comprehensive Career Services/Placement Process - 2011

This project will: 

  • Examine the mandates, required credentials of staff and theoretical basis and delivery models involved in career counseling and placement services
  • Review what career and/or placement services are currently being provided, by whom and for whom
  • Assess the internal understanding, use and promotion of current services
  • Make recommendations to staff on improved promotion of services, if appropriate
  • Research and define the requirements of a comprehensive career/placement process
  • Analyze any gaps between current and comprehensive processes
  • Identify resources required to develop the comprehensive process
Academic Integrity - 2010

Academic Integrity is central to the mission of Heartland Community College, yet it is a value that is at risk if not embraced by the entire campus community. This project seeks to build an institutional culture of integrity that is communicated and implemented with all college stakeholders in a meaningful and consistent way.

Campus Recycling Review and Recommendations - 2009

The Green Team Recycling Subcommittee will develop recommendations to enhance the College’s recycling efforts as an element of a formal, comprehensive ACUPCC Climate Action Plan to move the College toward climate neutrality. There are three stated goals:

  • Review recycling efforts at the Normal campus.
  • Develop recommendations for enhancement of these efforts.
  • Raise awareness of and participation in the recycling program by the entire campus community.
NADE Certification for Writing and Math - 2009

The main goal of this project is to complete the NADE certification process which includes conducting the self-study, analyzing that data and then applying for the certification. Completing the requirements of certification will increase student success, which aligns directly with the mission of the College.

Fostering Community through Enhanced Campus Conversation - 2006

The goal of this project is to foster a sense of community at the College by providing opportunities for more effective communication. Specifically, the College will explore the possibility of designating a particular time each week during which no classes will be scheduled, thus freeing all members of the campus community to participate in inter- and intra-departmental discussion. Other formal and informal opportunities to enhance campus communication will also be explored.

Develop a System for Tracking Developmental Student Success - 2006

This project is the initial step in a comprehensive plan to track and improve developmental student success. This project will explore the feasibility of applying an existing model developed for developmental reading to developmental math and writing. The end result will be a systematic, integrated tracking system for developmental education.

Defining, Describing, Measuring and Tracking Student Success - 2006

In this project, the College will engage in a discussion of what constitutes student success, collect individual student goal information during registration periods, and track how individual student goals may evolve during the student's career at the college. Finally, the college will gather baseline data about student experiences and conduct follow-up studies with students that are designed to improve recruitment as well as the intake processes of advising, registration, and course placement.

Faculty Academy

The Instructional Development Center (IDC) in consultation with faculty will organize a formal "class" for new college instructors about eight weeks in length. The class will cover such topics as creating student learning outcomes, rubrics and grading, class presentations, class organization, syllabus construction, classroom assessment techniques and an introduction to WebCT. A pilot class will be in place by August 2006.

Contact AQIP Coordinating Committee

Scott Rager

Phone: 309-268-8585

Sarah Diel-Hunt

Phone: 309-268-8593