Preface and Introduction to the Self-Study Process and Report

This self-study report has been drafted explicitly for the purpose of reaffirmation of accreditation of Colorado State University (CSU) by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and presents a snapshot of the institution at a specific time (Fall 2011 through Spring 2013). Since the last site visit (2004), CSU has experienced declining state resources and changing of presidents in the midst of a rapidly changing environment for higher education. In the face of these challenges, CSU has maintained a strong commitment to provide high quality programs and services by conscientiously evaluating priorities and efficiencies to become a stronger institution.

The Self-Study Report

Criterion One – Mission

The institution’s mission is clear and articulated publicly; it guides the institution’s operations.

  • Criterion One Introduction
  • 1.A – The institution’s mission is broadly understood within the institution and guides its operations.
  • 1.B – The mission is articulated publicly.
  • 1.C – The institution understands the relationship between its mission and the diversity of society.
  • 1.D – The institution’s mission demonstrates commitment to the public good.
  • Criterion One Conclusion

Criterion Two – Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct

The institution acts with integrity: its conduct is ethical and responsible.

  • Criterion Two Introduction
  • 2.A – The institution operates with integrity in its financial, academic, personnel, and auxiliary functions; it establishes and follows fair and ethical policies and processes for its governing board, administration, faculty, and staff.
  • 2.B – The institution presents itself clearly and completely to its students and to the public with regard to its programs, requirements, faculty and staff, costs to students, control, and accreditation relationships.
  • 2.C – The governing board of the institution is sufficiently autonomous to make decisions in the best interest of the institution and to assure its integrity.
  • 2.D – The institution is committed to freedom of expression and the pursuit of truth in teaching and learning.
  • 2.E – The institution ensures that faculty, students, and staff acquire, discover, and apply knowledge responsibly.
  • Criterion Two Conclusion

Criterion Three – Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support

The institution provides high quality education, wherever and however its offerings are delivered.

  • Criterion Three Introduction
  • 3.A – The institution’s degree programs are appropriate to higher education.
  • 3.B – The institution demonstrates that the exercise of intellectual inquiry and the acquisition, application, and integration of broad learning and skills are integral to its educational programs.
  • 3.C – The institution has the faculty and staff needed for effective, high-quality programs and student services.
  • 3.D – The institution provides support for student learning and effective teaching.
  • 3.E – The institution fulfills the claims it makes for an enriched educational environment.
  • Criterion 3 Conclusion

Criterion Four – Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement

The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its educational programs, learning environment, and support services, and it evaluates their effectiveness for student learning through processes designed to promote continuous improvement.

  • Criterion Four Introduction
  • 4.A – The institution demonstrates responsibility for the quality of its programs.
  • 4.B – The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational achievement and improvement through ongoing assessment of student learning.
  • 4.C – The institution demonstrates a commitment to educational improvement through ongoing attention to its retention, persistence and completion rates in degree and certificate programs.
  • Criterion Four Conclusion

Criterion Five – 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.

  • Criterion Five Introduction
  • 5.A – The institution’s resource base supports its current educational programs and its plans for maintaining and strengthening their quality in the future.
  • 5.B – The institution’s governance and administrative structures promote effective leadership and support collaborative processes that enable the institution to fulfill its mission.
  • 5.C – The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.
  • 5.D – The institution works systematically to improve its performance.
  • Criterion Five Conclusion

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