Every seven years, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) requires entities within graduate institutions, departments in our case, to report on their progress. The Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), our accrediting body, also requires self-studies of departments in advance of their site visit every seven years. At DSU, we have deliberately timed these two reports to occur concurrently in a single report in order to reduce the workload.
Once your self-study is well underway, you will need to arrange for an internal and an external reviewer to complete an evaluation of your results, the highlights of which will be included in your final written report. The final written report is submitted to the Director of Curriculum who shepherds it through approval from the Academic Council and the Board of Trustees. The report is then summarized onto the USHE form and submitted to USHE.