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3.3 Institutional Effectiveness

Comprehensive Standard:

3.3.1.5 The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results in each of the following areas: community/public service within its mission, if appropriate. (Institutional Effectiveness)

Statement of Compliance:   In Compliance.

Narrative:

As discussed in the narrative for Core Requirement 2.4, the Georgia Board of Regents previously classified the University of West Georgia as a State University with expectations that the Institution maintains specific core characteristics [1].  Included explicitly in these core characteristics are two direct references to the service mission of the University:

"commitment to excellence and responsiveness within a scope of influence defined by the needs of an area of the state, and by particularly outstanding programs or distinctive characteristics that have a magnet effect throughout the region or state"

and,

"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" [1].

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 [2]. This is discussed in the report for Core Requirement 2.5.

This commitment to service is further noted in the Purpose Statement and Essential Activities of University of West Georgia Mission Statement.  As part of its identified Purpose, the University of West Georgia intends to provide "quality teaching, scholarly inquiry, creative endeavor, and service for the public good." Among eight Essential Activities, the University includes "a broad range of public service activities and proactive partnerships that: promote more effective utilization of human and natural resources; contribute to economic, social and technical development; and enhance the quality of life within the University’s scope of influence" [3]

In support of this mission, the Institution encourages academic departments and service units to participate in public service activities for the good of the community, and information on these activities is required in annual reports. The Department Chairs and Unit Directors identify public service/community-related goals, when appropriate. The  full "Annual Report" template [4] is available.  The following questions are extracted from the template:

Faculty Public Service

63) Number of Faculty that served in honors organizations this year?

64) Number of faculty that held positions in professional organizations this year?

65) Number of faculty that served as advisors to student organizations this year?

66) Number of faculty that participated in cooperative consulting efforts this year?

67) Number of faculty that served on institution (UWG) wide committees this year?

68) Number of faculty that served on USG System committees this year?

69) Number of faculty that participated in public service activities this year?

 

Additionally, goal twelve of the University of West Georgia Strategic Plan, "Community Relations", states that "the University will engage the local community educationally, culturally, and recreationally" [5].  The Office of Institutional Research and Planning provides a summary for each of the twelve goals in the "University of West Georgia Annual Report of Institutional Progress" ([6], p.26 and [7], p.27).  The "Annual Report” template serves as one of the main sources of information for this publication. Question 19 on the template addresses goal twelve of the strategic plan directly.

Note: The 2011-2012 Annual Report of Institutional Progress is nearing completion. Annual reports for the 2012-2013 year are being received currently. 

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