Open Pathway requires the institution to undertake a major Quality Initiative (QI) designed to suit its present concerns or aspirations. The QI usually takes place between years 5 and 9 of the 10-year Open Pathway Cycle (2020/2021-2024/2025). A QI may be designed to begin and be completed during this time or it may continue an initiative already in progress or achieve a key milestone in the work of a longer initiative. The QI is intended to allow institutions to take risks, aim high, and if so be it, learn from only partial success or even failure.
Quality Initiative Proposal Process
CMU may submit the Quality Initiative Proposal to the Higher Learning Commission beginning September 1st of year 5 of the Open Pathway Cycle (2020/2021) but not later than August 31st of Year 7 (2022-2023).
Quality Initiative Report Process
At the end of the Quality Initiative, CMU will prepare its QI report reflecting on its accomplishments, documenting achievements and strategies used, and defining new priorities and challenges. CMU must submit its QI report no later than August 31st of Year 9 (2024/2025).