Graduate and Professional Studies

Electronic Thesis/Dissertation Pilot Project

The University Graduate Council (UGC) approved forms for the Electronic Thesis/Dissertation process, for use in a pilot project.  As you may know, the CSU library no longer requires paper copies of theses/dissertations and instead stores electronic versions.

The transmittal of the electronic “copy” is facilitated using Proquest/UMI software at no charge to the student.  There are several forms to communicate storage and access needs, based on input from both the student and the faculty thesis/dissertation advisor.  These forms indicate if the work will be accessible through Proquest, and if the work will be accessible through CSU’s digital archive (the archive will be maintained as a repository but theses/dissertations so designated may be searchable at some point in the future). These forms as well as a Student Guide and a flowchart of the process can be accessed below. 

These forms duplicate the “former” process of submitting a copy of the thesis/dissertation to the library.  If a student’s “Work” will not be accessible through Proquest, the documents will be transferred to CSU so there is a digital copy for local storage.  This pilot applies to theses and dissertations only, not capstone projects, portfolios or other graduate student products.

If a student or thesis/dissertation advisor has questions, please contact Dr. Paula Carney at or Gayle Porter at

ETD Workshop - Thursday October 9, 5PM - LIB 301 RSVP to by October 8.
Join the ETD Resource Moodle Site by contacting

All students complete this Form:

Complete EITHER Form 2 OR Forms 3a and 3b (complete 3a and 3b if you or your advisor are requesting delayed release of your thesis/dissertation to allow time for publication or other use)

2. Digital Publishing with CSU Archiving with Library Access Form


3a.  Digital Publishing Delayed Release Request Form

3b.  Digital Publishing with CSU Archiving with Delayed Release Form

All students complete this Form:

Students who complete theses and dissertations and their thesis/dissertation advisors will receive a short survey to help evaluate the process.  The results will be reviewed by UGC for recommendations and identification of next steps.  Thank you for helping the UGC subcommittee on electronic thesis/dissertation submission and UGC pilot this program. 

UGC Subcommittee on Electronic Thesis/Dissertation Submission

Walid Al-Ghoul

Moussa Ayyash

Jan Jo Chen

Janet Crossley

Nicole Ford

Athanase Gahungu

Ann Kuzdale

Gayle Porter

Mohammad Salahuddin

Chyrese Wolf



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