University of Vermont

Administrative Unit Review

Components of Administrative Unit Review

Appendix B

Unit Self-Study Report

The primary focus of the unit self-study report is on the issues identified by the unit and reviewed by the line vice president/provost and the University’s senior leadership (including any additional issues that are identified through their review). The most significant part of the report is the analysis of those issues; units should concentrate their efforts on this section. Recommendations for the future should be concise and presented in the context of the identified issues. The report should also focus on areas of strength and accomplishments.

Page limits (excluding appendices) should be adhered to. The limit is fifteen (15) pages, unless major new issues have arisen, in which case the limit is twenty-five (25) pages. Keep in mind that the unit self-study report will have readers from both outside the unit and outside the University. Please identify acronyms and initials and try to avoid jargon. These prescriptions should facilitate the efforts required of both the writers and the readers of the unit self-study reports. When completed, the unit self-study report should be given to the Vice President for Executive Operations (one unbound copy, one copy in electronic format). The Vice President and the APRC subcommittee will review the report for completeness. If it is determined that the report is incomplete, it will be returned to the unit with specific feedback on the areas where additional information is needed.

The following outline is intended to provide a basic framework for the report. Units should feel free to contact the Vice President for Executive Operations if additional help or guidance in preparing the unit self study report is desired.

Suggested Outline for Unit Self-Study Report

I. Description of current status and historical context

This section should provide a brief introduction and a description of the current status of the unit: its mission, how it is organized, programmatic/service areas, number of members, etc.

II. Issues identified for the review (see Appendix A)

The final list of issues identified by the unit with input from senior administrators should be discussed.

III. Analysis of issues

This section should form the bulk of the report. Each issue should be explored, with enough description to allow the reader to understand the nature of the issue and why it is important for the unit.

IV. Major recommendations

A. Goals and priorities for next five years (taking into account the issues that have been identified)
B. Steps needed to improve the quality and strategic positioning of the unit
C. Plan for implementing the recommendations

V. Other appropriate issues (if applicable)

VI. Brief description of unit self-study report process

VII. Appendices


  • Most recent unit annual report and strategic plan
  • Summary list of all staff (.50 FTE and greater), including job titles
  • Current organizational chart including number of staff per function/area
  • Current vitae/resumes of all professional staff (or directors for larger units)
  • Data collected on unit performance measures for the past five years

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