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3.2 Governance and Administration

Comprehensive Standard:

3.2.2.1 The legal authority and operating control of the institution are clearly defined for the following areas within the institution's governance structure: institution's mission. (Governing board control)

Statement of Compliance:   In Compliance.

Narrative:

The Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia is the governing board for the University of West Georgia and operates in compliance with all aspects of this comprehensive standard. The Board’s authority to govern, control, and manage the University System of Georgia and each of its institutions is established in the Constitution of the State of Georgia, Article VIII, Section IV [1].  Paragraph 1 (b) through (e) establishes that:

"(b) The board of regents shall have the exclusive authority to create new public colleges, junior colleges, and universities in the State of Georgia, subject to approval by majority vote in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Such vote shall not be required to change the status of a college, institution or university existing on the effective date of this Constitution. The government, control, and management of the University System of Georgia and all of the institutions in said system shall be vested in the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

(c) All appropriations made for the use of any or all institutions in the university system shall be paid to the board of regents in a lump sum, with the power and authority in said board to allocate and distribute the same among the institutions under its control in such way and manner and in such amounts as will further an efficient and economical administration of the university system.

(d) The board of regents may hold, purchase, lease, sell, convey, or otherwise dispose of public property, execute conveyances thereon, and utilize the proceeds arising therefrom ; may exercise the power of eminent domain in the manner provided by law ; and shall have such other powers and duties as provided by law .

(e ) The board of regents may accept bequests, donations, grants, and transfers of land, buildings, and other property for the use of the University System of Georgia." [1]

The extent of and limits to the authority of the Board of Regents, also, are described in the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) Title 20, Chapter 3, Article 2, Part 1 [2].

"The board of regents shall have power:              

(1) To make such reasonable rules and regulations as are necessary for the performance of its duties;

(2) To elect or appoint professors, educators, stewards, or any other officers necessary for all of the schools in the university system, as may be authorized by the General Assembly; to discontinue or remove them as the good of the system or any of its schools or institutions or stations may require; and to fix their compensations;               

(3) To establish all such schools of learning or art as may be useful to the state and to organize them in the way most likely to attain the ends desired; and 

(4) To exercise any power usually granted to such corporation, necessary to its usefulness, which is not in conflict with the Constitution and laws of this state” (O.C.G.A 20-3-31). 

 The Board of Regents bylaws further stipulate to the authority of the Board of Regents:

“The government, control, and management of the University System of Georgia and each of its institutions are vested by the people of Georgia exclusively with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The Board of Regents possesses such other authority as is granted by the Constitution of the State of Georgia and by acts of the General Assembly" ([3], I(2)).

Additional detail about the structure, membership, and role of the Board of Regents is available in the report for Core Requirement 2.2.

As a function of the governing role of the Board of Regents, Board of Regents Policy Section 2, Paragraph 10 stipulates that the Board of Regents is responsible for approving the mission of each member institution of the University System of Georgia, i.e.:

“Each institution operates under a mission approved by the Board of Regents and changes in an institution’s mission must also be approved by the Board. The president of an institution seeking to modify its mission must submit a request for an institutional mission change to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer. The request must include substantive evidence and rationale for the change and a description of the institutional review process used to determine the need for a change in an institution’s mission and purpose.” [4].

The current University of West Georgia Mission Statement was approved by the Board of Regents on January 16, 2007 and by SACS on March 19, 2007 [5], [6], [7]. The approved 2007 University of West Georgia Mission Statement was the result of review and revision initiated by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs in fall, 2005.  The current version was drafted and approved by the University Faculty Senate in fall, 2006 before being submitted to the BOR and then to SACS for approval.  Notably, the University Mission is currently under review as a new Strategic Plan is developed. The projected implementation of the amended Strategic Plan is FY 2015.  

Development, scope, and review of the Mission Statement of the University of West Georgia is further described in the reports for Core Requirement 2.4 and Comprehensive Standard 3.1.1.

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