A. Coordinator

Robert Jones, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

B. Self-study Coordinating Committee membership

  • Kim Bender, Office of Assessment, Director
  • Craig Beyrouty, College of Agricultural Sciences, Dean
  • Sandra Calhoun, Student Financial Services, Director
  • Becky Ewing, ASCSU Director of Academics
  • Tim Gallagher, Faculty Council, Chair
  • Tom Gorell, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Erin Hicks, Graduate Student Council representative
  • Laura Jensen, Institutional Research, Director
  • Lynn Johnson, Associate Vice President for Finance
  • Cara Neth, Presidential and Administrative Communications, Director
  • Nicole Olsen, Continuing Education, Director of Administration
  • Robert Schur, Policy and Compliance Office, Director
  • Paul Thayer, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Special Advisor to the Provost for Retention
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (TBA)

C. Self-Study Executive Committee membership

  • Robert Jones
  • Tom Gorell
  • Kim Bender
  • Laura Jensen
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (TBA)

D. Strategic Plan Area Review Committees (SPARC)

The self-study process for collecting evidence and analyzing institutional performance has been purposefully designed to fit within continuous quality improvement structures and processes (including benchmarking as appropriate) that are already in place and to be focused around the strategic planning processes. Therefore, the SPARCs have been chosen as the major self-study units. Each SPARC is assigned specific goals within the Strategic Plan. This year (2011), they are charged to refresh the Strategic Plan by recommending modifications, including additional goals and metrics for improving institutional performance and benchmarking accomplishments in addition to the annual review of institutional accomplishments in fulfillment of the Strategic Plan. The SPARCs have broad membership that is representative of most constituent groups and includes key administrative leadership. All members of the President’s Cabinet serve on one or more SPARC. Each SPARC also includes one or more of the college deans and representatives from the Faculty Council’s Committee on Strategic and Financial Planning, the Administrative Professional Council, and the Classified Personnel Council.

The components and sub-components of the HLC Criteria have been cross-matched with goals and objectives of the strategic plan and assigned to the respective SPARC(s) with responsibilities for the oversight of the topic. Evidence is expected to be identified for each component that benchmarks accomplishments. Evidence may include examples of programs, operations, policies, procedures, programs reviews, outcomes assessments, Institutional Research data, etc.  Analysis of the evidence should lead to an assessment of the adequacy of institutional performance (achievement) that can be characterized as follows:  weaknesses/challenges, accomplishments/progress, strengths/successes to be celebrated (similar to red, yellow, green). Strategic and/or budgetary plans/changes should be recommended for improving institutional performance.

SPARCs are expected to identify strengths as well as targets for improvement since a major goal of the process is continued institutional improvement.  Patterns of evidence should demonstrate how effectively CSU meets the HLC criterion by documenting accomplishments (focused on past 2-4 years) and noting new opportunities within CSU’s mission for future activities and accomplishments. Activities in progress or planned should be included to keep a future-oriented emphasis in the report. As appropriate, the self-study will show how the institution has changed or is changing as a result of the self-study findings.  A detailed list of source documents and input must be provided that can be referenced and made available to the Evaluation Team during their site visit.

In summary, the SPARCs structure and process was chosen because it fulfills many of the attributes of an effective self-study process as described in the HLC Handbook of Accreditation:

  • Fits the distinctive nature of the organization.
  • Ensures effective evaluation of the whole organization.
  • Promises to have an impact on the organization beyond the Commission visit.
  • Engages multiple constituencies of the organization.
  • Builds naturally on existing and ongoing self-evaluation processes.
  • Has strong presidential and board support.
  • Draws on the expertise and credibility of recognized leaders throughout the organization.
  • Maintains regular and effective communication links with organizational constituencies.
  • Produces evidence to show that the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation are met.

Faculty and Staff Development SPARC

  • Tom Gorell (Chair), Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Farrah Bustamante, Classified Personnel Council Chair
  • Pattie Cowell, College of Liberal Arts, Associate Dean
  • Timothy Gallagher (Co-Chair), Faculty Council, Chair
  • Shing Ho, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry College of Natural Sciences
  • Louise Jennings, Associate Professor, School of Education, Committee on Strategic and Financial Planning
  • Jason Johnson (Co-Chair), Office of General Counsel
  • Ajay Menon (Co-Chair), College of Business, Executive Dean
  • Mike Palmquist, Associate Vice Provost, Institute for Learning and Teaching
  • Kathy Partin, Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office, Director
  • Anita Pattison, Administrative Professional Council
  • Lorie Smith, Training and Organizational Development, Director
  • Torsten Eckstein, Committee on Special and Temporary Faculty, Chair

Teaching and Learning SPARC

  • Alan Lamborn (Chair), Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs
  • Robin Brown (Co-Chair), Vice President for Enrollment and Access
  • Ann Gill, Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Dean
  • Jodie Hanzlik, Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs
  • Blanche Hughes (Co-Chair), Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Hunt Lambert, Associate Provost for Continuing Education
  • Beth Oehlerts, Assistant Professor, University Libraries, Committee on Strategic and Financial Planning
  • Michael Palmquist, Associate Vice Provost, Institute for Learning and Teaching
  • Debra Parker, Classified Personnel Council
  • Christopher Sugnet, University Libraries, Assistant Dean
  • Paul Thayer, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Special Advisor to the Provost for Retention
  • Sandra Woods, College of Engineering, Dean
  • Jim Zakely, Administrative Professional Council

Research and Discovery SPARC

  • William Farland (Chair), Vice President for Research
  • James Cooney (Co-Chair), Vice Provost for International Programs
  • Daniel Bush, Professor, Department of Biology, College of Natural Sciences
  • Shaun Case / Rhonda Koski, Administrative Professional Council
  • Daniel Ganster, Professor, Department of Management, College of Business
  • James C. Graham, Environmental Health Services, Director
  • Jan Nerger, College of Natural Sciences, Dean
  • Debra Parker, Classified Personnel Council
  • Lance Perryman, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dean
  • Reagan Waskom, Colorado Water Institute, Director
  • Stephan Weiler, Professor, Department of Economics, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jeff Wilusz, Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Committee on Strategic and Financial Planning
  • Sandra Woods, College of Engineering, Dean

Outreach and Engagement SPARC

  • Tom Milligan (Chair), Vice President for External Relations
  • Brett Anderson (Co-Chair), Vice President for University Advancement
  • Lori Bates, Classified Personnel Council
  • Joyce Berry, Warner College of Natural Resources, Dean
  • Craig Beyrouty, College of Agricultural Sciences, Dean
  • Courtney Butler, Administrative Professional Council
  • Hank Gardner, Associate Vice President for Research
  • John Hoxmeier, College of Business, Associate Professor
  • Gary Ozzello, Senior Associate Athletic Director
  • Pam Sampson, Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement, Director
  • Lou Swanson (Co-Chair), Vice President for Engagement

Infrastructure and Information Technology SPARC  (Resource and Support)

  • Amy Parsons (Chair), Vice President for University Operations
  • Pat Burns (Co-Chair), Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of Libraries
  • Lynn Johnson (Co-Chair), Associate Vice President for Finance
  • Ron Sega (Co-Chair), Vice President for Energy and the Environment
  • Farrah Bustamante, Classified Personnel Council
  • Tony DeCrosta, Executive Director and Chief Human Relations Officer
  • Kathi Delehoy, Senior Associate Vice President for Research
  • John Didier, College of Liberal Arts, Associate Dean
  • Carol Dollard, Facilities Management
  • Michael Ellis, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Ellen Fisher, Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
  • Steve Hultin, Facilities Management, Interim Director
  • Frank Johnson, Administrative Professional Council
  • Ernie Macquiddy, College of Business, Assistant to Dean
  • Robert Schur, Policy and Compliance Office, Director
  • Lorie Smith, Training and Organizational Development, Director
  • Sally Sutton, Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences, Warner College of Natural Resources, Committee on Strategic and Financial Planning

Diversity SPARC

  • Mary Ontiveros (Chair), Associate Vice President for Diversity
  • Linda Ahuna-Hamill, Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Andrea Akers, Student
  • Lori Bates, Classified Personnel Council
  • Roe Bubar, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies
  • Jenn Christ, Assistant Director, Office of International Programs
  • Pattie Cowell, College of Liberal Arts, Associate Dean
  • Foula Dimopoulos, GLBT Resource Center, Director
  • Richard Eykholt, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, College of Natural Sciences,
  • Oscar Felix, Executive Director, The Access Center
  • Ruben Flores, College of Agricultural Sciences, Assistant Director
  • Shannon Gallagher, Graduate Council
  • Tom Gorell, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Kyle Henley, Public Relations, Director
  • Mark Hallett, International Programs, Director
  • Blanche Hughes (Co-Chair), Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Donalyn Kliewer, Administrative Professional Council
  • Paul Laybourn, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Anthony Maciejewski, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering,
  • David McKelfresh, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Jannine Mohr, General Council, Associate
  • Peter Newman, Associate Professor, Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Jim Rawlins, Admissions, Executive Director
  • Angel Smith, ASCSU
  • Lorie Smith, Director, Training and Organizational Development
  • Paul Thayer, Associate Vice President, Student Affairs
  • Bryan Whish, Director, Admissions
  • Joshua Zugish, Office of the General Counsel