All academic programs at Cleveland State University undergo a comprehensive review process every five to seven years. Program reviews are necessary to ensure that CSU maintains accreditation and authorization with the Higher Learning Commission and Ohio Board of Regents. Periodic reviews also contribute to internal decision-making, by allowing departments, colleges, and the university to assess program strengths and weaknesses, prioritize resources, address weaknesses, and capitalize on emerging opportunities.
The material contained in the documents linked below is intended to provide general information about the process, timeline, and outcomes for all constituents. In addition, specific guidelines on self-studies, selection of external reviewers, and site visits is provided for those programs/units participating in the process, or who anticipate doing so.
For additional information, or to get answers to questions not addressed here, please contact Academic Planning at (216) 687.4700; or contact Vice Provost Teresa LaGrange.
The program review usually focuses on a single department or program, although multiple departments/programs may be reviewed together. The process takes place over the course of an academic year, and consists of several different phases:
Further information can be found in the links below:
The department/program undergoing review produces the key document for a successful program review: a self-study assessing strengths, weaknesses, challenges and opportunities across all dimensions of the program -- faculty and staff, students, curriculum, relationships with internal and external constituents, and resources.
Detailed information on preparation of self-studies is provided below. Additional information, including an overview of data resources available from Institutional Research, will be provided to programs at the start of the process.