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Champlain College is undergoing its ten-year comprehensive evaluation for accreditation. There are three parts to the evaluation:
The self-study is both a product and a process. The product is a 100-page narrative that "presents a clear, concise, accurate picture of the institution as a dynamic entity with a sense of history, an understanding of its present, and a vision for its future1." The process of undertaking the self-study "demonstrates the institution's capacity for reflecting candidly on its strengths and weaknesses and using that analysis for improvement1."
The self-study process must focus on the institution as a whole, evolve from a carefully thought-out plan of action, and be integrated with ongoing self-evaluation efforts. The study should pay particular attention to student achievement and success, as the central purpose of the institution is student learning. Another key consideration is overall institutional effectiveness, an analysis of how well the institution functions.
Each standard will have its own chapter in the self-study product. Each chapter will be composed based on a three-part framework: description, appraisal and analysis, with underlying themes of institutional effectiveness and student success.
1 - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education & New England Accreditation of Schools and Colleges. (2013). Self study guide. Burlington, MA: CIHE.