The gathering and the analysis of data began in the Spring semester 2009 with the formation of five distinct working groups around each of the five criteria that the HLC uses for accreditation. After these groups submitted their analyses, the writing group began the preparation of an initial draft of the Self Study that went through multiple reviews by members of the UPAC. In September 2010 the draft self-study was provided to the university community and many individuals provided feedback. The working group used this feedback to derive a penultimate draft of the self-study that was again provided to the university community in late November / early December. This additional input was incorporated into the final version of the self-study that was submitted to the HLC in late January 2011.