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6.1 A self-study shall be prepared in accordance with the agreed-upon program review proposal and the guidelines in the CSULB Curriculum Handbook.

6.2 For programs or units with nationally recognized accreditation, the self-study prepared for accreditation shall normally be accepted by the College Dean or appropriate administrator and the Division of Academic Affairs for satisfaction of this requirement in accordance with the approved program review proposal.

The self-study is a document prepared by the program or unit addressing the themes or topics agreed upon in the proposal. The self-study is a collaborative effort of all the members of the program or unit under review. The entire personnel of the program or unit, including faculty, professional staff, and students, should participate in some aspect of the self-study process. The program or unit must allow faculty and professional staff members to review and comment on the self-study before forwarding the self-study to the college dean or appropriate administrator.

The program or unit gathers suitable information on the themes identified in the proposal, as well as past program review reports, memoranda of understanding, and annual reports, and analyzes the information. All programs or units collect information on the goals for student learning outcomes, the assessment of student learning, and how the program or unit has used assessment data to make improvements. Information supplied by the Office of Institutional Research or other campus units should also be analyzed.

The self-study should address all of the academic offerings of the program or unit. If a program offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees, both should be addressed in the self-study. Other offerings of the program, such as minors, certificates, credentials, or general education courses, as well as distance learning, should also be included in the self-study. It is assumed that all academic degrees offered by a program will be reviewed at the same time, unless the program requests otherwise and the college dean approves the request.

The body of the self-study report should not exceed 40 single-spaced, one-sided pages for a program with one degree under review, or 50 single-spaced, one-sided pages for multiple degrees under review (not including appendices). The self-study for academic support units should not exceed 30 single-spaced, one-sided pages.

An academic program or unit with national accreditation may request that a self-study prepared for the purpose of accreditation be accepted, in whole or in part, in accordance with the approved program review proposal, as fulfilling the requirement for the self-study for University program review. The request will normally be approved by the college dean or appropriate administrator and the appropriate administrator in the Office of the Provost. However, the program or unit may be required to submit additional information to address the topics or themes designated by the university or college for this cycle of program review.

After the self-study is complete, it is forwarded to the college dean or appropriate administrator for approval. The dean or administrator approves the self-study and notifies the program or unit to send out the document in electronic form to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and to the Office of Program Review and Assessment. An additional copy should be delivered to University Archives. If the document is too large for email, it should be saved on a CD or flash drive and should be hand-delivered to those offices.

Departments should submit a printed copy of a traditional self study in a three-ring, loose leaf binder to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. All binders should have a table of contents. Self-studies should be printed on standard white paper, with one-inch margins, 12-point font, and numbered pages. Departments should provide the self-study in electronic format to the Director of Program Review and Assessment.

Self-studies originally developed for accreditation should be provided in electronic form (if possible) to the Director of Program Review and Assessment.


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