What is the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee?
In the summer of 1994, the Georgia Board of Regents convened a Blue Ribbon committee comprised of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) champions from individual institutions. The committee was charged with determining the best way to integrate alternative dispute resolution into the University System of Georgia’s existing resources. In the spring of 1995, the committee recommended the adoption of the first university system-wide ADR initiative in the country: The Georgia Board of Regents’ Initiative and Policy Direction on Conflict Resolution.
This initiative resulted in Campus Conflict Resolution Committees being formed at colleges and universities across Georgia including the University of West Georgia (ADR Committee). The committee is intended to represent the full range of stakeholders on campus. Its task at the University of West Georgia and beyond is to help identify current conflicts, anticipate future conflicts, analyze current conflict handling procedures, and design an improved conflict management system, if necessary.
Among its many tasks at UWG, the ADR Committee adheres to this mission by both assessing the effectiveness of the UWG mediation program and making recommendations for improvement. Further, it periodically conducts formal and informal assessments of the institution’s climate. The committee uses assessment findings to improve the quality of the campus environment for faculty, staff, and students. The UWG Ombuds Office (http://www.westga.edu/ombuds/) was implemented in August 2008, in response to recommendations that emerged from campus climate studies.
Below you will find information on ADR assessments and studies conducted since 2006. Additional information on the University System of Georgia’s ADR initiative which operates under the umbrella of the Consortium on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (CNCR) at Georgia State University is located online at: http://law.gsu.edu/cncr/
University of West Georgia ADR Assessments and Studies (2006-2009)
2006 UWG Campus Culture and Climate Survey Results