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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Self-Study Guidelines for Student Affairs and Institutional Diversity Units

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Program Review Self-Study Options

Option 1 - Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) process

Using CAS guidelines, standards, and a self-assessment guide, the department prepares a self-study that includes the following topics:

  • Mission
  • Program
  • Leadership
  • Organization and Management
  • Human Resources
  • Financial Resources Facilities, Technology, and Equipment
  • Legal Responsibilities
  • Equal and Access
  • Campus and External Relations
  • Diversity
  • Ethics
  • Assessment and Evaluation

Option 2 - Professional organization standards or review process

  • Using the standards and/or review process from a professional organization, the department prepares a self-study.

Option 3 - Self-directed process

The department prepares a self-study that includes the following minimal topics:

Departmental History and Purpose

  • History
  • Mission statement
  • Central functions performed for the university
  • Learning outcomes and/or service objectives
  • Annual goals


  • Leadership
  • Staff and responsibilities
  • Organizational chart
  • Training
  • Decision-making processes, departmental teams
  • Campus relations

Programs and Services
Diversity, Equity and Access
Ethical and/or Legal Issues
Evaluation and Assessment

  • Profile and tracking of students or clients
  • Assessment plan, data, and results


  • Budget
  • Facilities
  • Equipment and technology

Future Plans and Recommendations