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Self Study

Purpose of the Self-Study

The purpose of the self-study is to allow dedicated time for faculty, students and staff to analyze program evidence and reflect on strengths and weaknesses in order to create plans for enhancing program quality.

The self-study is a comprehensive document prepared by program faculty. It candidly assesses a program's current status and outlines a realistic course of action for future development. The self-study provides the basis for the entire review process, so it is crucial that the report be evidence-based and cover all aspects of the program. The most useful self-study is a thorough but succinct, honest assessment of the program. An incomplete self-study may result in reviewers having insufficient information about the program and/or leading to unnecessary questions during the visit.

The self-study is a product of the program faculty. They are in the best position to raise and respond to any significant strategic and operational issues being faced by the program and they are also in the best position to use the results of the review to improve the program. Department chairs and program directors should ensure that there is full faculty participation in the preparation of the self-study. Each program's students must also contribute to the self-study.

Templates and Resources

Click to download the Self-Study Guidelines and template.

The Office of Institutional Research (IR) provides data on admission, enrollment, retention, and graduation trends for the program's self-study. IR will meet with the chair of the self-study group to review program data.

An archive of Academic Program Reviews is available here (authentication required).

The Office of Strategy and Educational Effectiveness (SEE) is available to answer your questions and provide feedback to self-study drafts. Contact Associate Provost Elisa Anders with any questions at (209) 946-2459 or

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