In preparation for its 10-year reaccreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (HLC), which took place in 2007, Colorado State University-Pueblo has engaged in a thorough self-study process undertaken by a 64-member Task Force composed of faculty, staff, and administrators. During the period from spring 2005 through fall 2006, the Task Force, under the guidance of a nine-member Steering Committee, researched the university’s compliance with the HLC’s five Criteria for Accreditation and the four or five Core Components of each criterion and drafted a detailed self-study report, “Building Excellence,” which is available on line at the following address: http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/hlca/
In carrying out the self-study and drafting the report, the goals of the Steering Committee and the Task Force were to meet all elements of then-President Ronald Applbaum’s charge delivered at the beginning of the process1 by engaging all the university’s constituencies in producing a document suited to the distinctive nature of the institution. The aim was to help the university to clarify its strengths and weaknesses, so that it might better plan improvements and provide the HLC Review Team and the Commission with an accurate account of Colorado State University-Pueblo.
The introduction to the self-study report provides an overview and brief history of the university, its accreditation history from its first accreditation as a four-year institution (Southern Colorado State College) in 1963 through its last re-accreditation (as the University of Southern Colorado) in 1996, its progress since that last review, and a summary of the self-study project and personnel.
What follow here are the conclusions reached and recommendations for future actions advanced by the Task Force under each of the five Criteria for Accreditation and the HLC’s four general themes, addressed directly in the General Conclusion. For the evidence and analysis on which these conclusions and recommendations are based, please see the full report at the link noted above.
1 President Applbaum’s charge and other information about the self-study project appear on line at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/hlca/.