Cleveland State University [d] NCA 2000 Self-Study Report [d]


Final Self-Study Report Preface: 15 Aug 2000


This Self-Study is divided into eight chapters as follows:

Chapter 1 provides background, including the University’s accreditation history and the major changes or developments that have occurred since the University’s last review by the Commission in 1989. Measures taken to respond effectively to the concerns and issues raised by the last site-visit team are reviewed in detail.

Chapter 2 focuses on the development and implementation of the University’s Functional Mission Statement (Criterion 1). The statement’s clarity, appropriateness, and public character are demonstrated by direct reference to its language. The chapter shows how the University has given its Mission Statement organizational backbone by establishing clearly delineated and responsible internal processes and mechanisms for implementing goals and objectives, monitoring progress, and making adjustments. Numerous examples are given of success in achieving goals. The chapter assesses the University’s strengths on this criterion and its challenges and opportunities for sustaining the momentum and continuing to succeed in achieving the mission.

Chapter 3 shows how the University has organized its human, financial, and physical resources effectively to accomplish its purposes (Criterion 2). Evidence is presented of effective mobilization and use of resources through an examination that is both descriptive and evaluative of the administrative organization and governance of the University, its students, faculty and staff resources, student and academic support services, physical facilities, learning/ technology/ media resources, and the University’s finances. The chapter concludes with an overall evaluation of the University’s strengths on the resource criterion, and its challenges and opportunities for the acquisition and use of resources in the future.

Chapter 4 details the University’s accomplishments in achieving its educational and related purposes (Criterion 3). Evidence is presented of accomplishment of educational purposes by examining each of the collegiate units in terms of mission, organization and governance, and accomplishments. Each College’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities are evaluated. Other divisions or units that deliver educational services or provide academic support are also examined. The chapter examines the methods used to assess student learning in general education and major programs, and presents examples of the use of assessment results in programmatic and curriculum decisions.

Chapter 5 reviews the planning, decision-making, and budgeting processes that are used to maintain the University’s progress and further strengthen its effectiveness as an institution of higher education (Criterion 4). Evidence of successful organization and planning is demonstrated by the positive impact of major campus initiatives in several areas. Administrative and academic planning processes are reviewed to demonstrate how they have been used to integrate and coordinate overall institutional purposes and facilitate effective program review and development. Budgetary planning is examined in the context of higher education policy statewide and its implications for Cleveland State University. The chapter concludes with an evaluation of the University’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities on this criterion.

Chapter 6 demonstrates the University’s integrity in its internal policies and procedures and in its dealings with the public and other external constituencies, institutions, and organizations (Criterion 5). The chapter reviews policies and procedures with respect to personnel, students (including logging complaints), research, academic freedom, affirmative action/equal opportunity, finances and audits, intercollegiate athletics, publications, and external collaborations, partnerships, and relationships.

Chapter 7 covers the University’s compliance with federal regulations as specified in the Handbook of Accreditation.

Chapter 8 summarizes the Self-Study by reviewing the University’s strengths on the five accreditation criteria and indicating its main challenges and opportunities. The chapter concludes with the request for continued accreditation at the doctoral level for the next ten years.

The General Institutional Requirements are included as an Appendix to this report. Also included as Appendices are the Basic Institutional Data Forms, additional graphs and tables on finances, enrollments, and students, and the names and positions of Self-Study Committee members. The Self-Studies from the various sectors and units of the University are available in the Resource Room, along with all of the documents and data sets that were referenced or used in this Self-Study. All materials in the Resource Room are identified by name or code and location in the separately published Guide to Resources that accompanies this Self-Study.

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