3.13 Responsibility for compliance with other Commission policies
3.13.4.b The institution complies with the policies of the Commission on Colleges. (Policy compliance)
Applicable Policy Statement: The institution complies with the policies of the Commission on Colleges. "Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Subsequent Reports": if an institution is a part of a system or corporate structure, a description of the system operation (or corporate structure) is submitted as part of the Compliance Certification for the decennial review. The description should be designed to help members of the peer review committees understand the mission, governance, and operating procedures of the system and the individual institution. (Reaffirmation of Accreditation and Subsequent Reports)Statement of Compliance: In Compliance.
The University of West Georgia (UWG) is a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG), which was created in 1931 as one part of a reorganization of Georgia state government.
The University of West Georgia joined the USG in 1933 (Historical Note  and Georgia Code (p. 1, 4) ). The reports for Core Requirements 2.1 (Degree Granting Authority), 2.2 (Governing Board), 2.3 (Chief Executive Officer) and Comprehensive Standards 3.2.3 (Board Conflict of Interest), 3.2.4 (External Influence), and 3.2.6 (Board/ administration distinction) provide a thorough description of the composition of the Board of Regents and its rights and responsibilities.
The Vision and Mission of the USG are conveyed on the Board of Regents website . The Vision Statement reads:
"The University System of Georgia will create a more educated Georgia, well prepared for a global, technological society, by providing first-rate undergraduate and graduate education, leading-edge research, and committed public service."
Further, the Mission Statement explains:
"The mission of the University System of Georgia is to contribute to the educational, cultural, economic, and social advancement of Georgia by providing excellent undergraduate general education and first-rate programs leading to associate, baccalaureate, masters, professional, and doctorate degrees; by pursuing leading-edge basic and applied research, scholarly inquiry, and creative endeavors; and by bringing these intellectual resources, and those of the public libraries, to bear on the economic development of the State and the continuing education of its citizens.
Each institution in the University System of Georgia will be characterized by:
- A supportive campus climate, leadership and development opportunities, and necessary services and facilities to meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff;
- Cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in the faculty, staff, and student body, supported by practices and programs that embody the ideals of an open, democratic, and global society;
- Technology to advance educational purposes, including instructional technology, student support services, and distance education; and
- A commitment to sharing physical, human, information, and other resources in collaboration with other System institutions, the public libraries, state agencies, local schools, and technical colleges to expand and enhance programs and services available to the citizens of Georgia."
It should be noted as well that each institution within the University System of Georgia has its own mission statement. The reports for Core Requirement 2.4 (Institutional Mission) and Comprehensive Standard 3.1.1 (Mission) provide information on the University of West Georgia mission.
The Board of Regents is responsible for developing policies for the units of the University System of Georgia and setting budgets. The BOR Chancellor and the chief executive officers of the units within the system implement the board’s budget and policy decisions; however, the presidents, chief financial officers, and budget managers at the institutional level decide how to allocate funding on campus. These administrators articulate how the policies will be implemented at the institutional level, oversee the daily operation of the institution, and report on institutional policies and operations to the Chancellor and other administrative officers of the USG.
The report for Comprehensive Standard 126.96.36.199 (Governing control: fiscal stability) provides more details about BOR policies on legal authority and operating responsibility, and how the University of West Georgia incorporates these policies in its operation.
THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA ROLE WITHIN THE USG
The institutions of the USG are classified into four categories: Research Universities, Regional Universities, State Universities, and State Colleges (link to complete listing of USG institutions below). The University of West Georgia is classified as a State University. As such and according to the BOR Core Mission Statement of State Universities , :
"within the context of the University System’s mission and vision, Albany State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Augusta State University, Clayton College & State University, Columbus State University, Fort Valley State University*, Georgia College & State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, Kennesaw State University, North Georgia College & State University, Savannah State University, Southern Polytechnic State University and University of West Georgia share core characteristics as state universities. While these universities all embody the common characteristics presented below, variations in their purposes, histories, traditions, and settings allow each also to focus on its own distinctiveness and accomplishments
The core characteristics include:
a commitment to excellence and responsiveness within a scope of influence defined by the needs of a specific region of the state, and by particularly outstanding programs or distinctive characteristics that have a magnet effect even beyond the region;
a commitment to a teaching/learning environment, both inside and outside the classroom, that sustains instructional excellence, serves a diverse and well-prepared student body, promotes high levels of student achievement, offers academic assistance, and provides developmental studies programs for a limited student cohort;
a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary academic programming at the baccalaureate and masters levels, as well as a range of professional programs at the baccalaureate and post baccalaureate levels, including a limited number of professionally-oriented doctoral level programs;
a commitment to public service, continuing education, technical assistance, and economic development activities that address the needs, improve the quality of life, and raise the educational level within the university’s scope of influence;
a commitment to scholarly and creative work to enhance instructional effectiveness and to encourage faculty scholarly pursuits, and a commitment to research in selected areas of institutional strength and focused on regional need.
Note: The University System of Georgia adopted a new classification for institutions in August 2013. The University of West Georgia is now a Comprehensive University. Alignment with this new classification will begin in the Fall of 2013 . This is discussed in the report for Core Requirement 2.5.
University System of Georgia Mission
USG Core Mission Statement for State Universities
BOR Website - List of USG Institutions by Classification
Core Mission Statement for Comprehensive Universities