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3.4 All Educational Programs

Comprehensive Standard:

3.4.3 The institution publishes admissions policies that are consistent with its mission. (Admissions policies)

Statement of Compliance:   In Compliance.

Narrative:

The University of West Georgia Mission Statement states that it will seek to achieve "preeminence in providing educational excellence in a personal environment through an intellectually stimulating and supportive community for its students, faculty, and staff" [1]. Admissions policies are designed to admit students who will have a reasonable chance to succeed and profit from the educational program available of the University.

In compliance with federal law, a student is considered for admission to the University of West Georgia without regard to race, creed, sex, marital status, or national origin [2], [3] and disability [4], [5].

As a member institution of the University System of Georgia, University of West Georgia undergraduate admissions policies incorporate the minimum requirements set by the Board of Regents [6], [7]. The Undergraduate Programs Committee of the Faculty Senate [8] develops undergraduate admissions policies for the institution. The faculty of individual colleges and programs may suggest additional standards and/or higher standards. These faculty suggestions go through the Faculty Senate approval process before they are implemented and published in the UWG Undergraduate Catalog.

University of West Georgia Undergraduate admissions policies are published in the Undergraduate Catalog and undergraduate admissions are processed centrally by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  This office administers procedures, oversees the implementation of policies, and collects supporting documents from students.  The Admission Office distributes brochures to potential students and their parents that provide admissions requirements, degrees offered by UWG, contact information, and other details that help potential students and their families understand the admissions process and criteria [9][10], [11]. The Admissions Office developed a number of guidelines for the employees to be consistent in implementation of the policies. Below is a list with several examples:

Graduate Admissions

As of July 1, 2011 the University of West Georgia moved to a decentralized model for the administration of graduate education. The Graduate School was eliminated. Individual colleges now directly handle all inquiries and procedures related to their graduate programs.

University of West Georgia Admissions policies, while often distinctive to particular programs, must be approved by the Graduate Programs Committee of the University Faculty Senate [15].  Approved policies for graduate programs are available through the Graduate Studies website and published in the Graduate Catalog [16].

The University of West Georgia is in compliance with the SACS policy on "Advertising, Student Recruitment, and Representation of Accredited Status" [17]  as illustrated in the table below:

Policy Content

Compliance

Educational programs and services offered should be the primary emphasis of all advertisements, publications, promotional literature, and recruitment activities.

Brochures  and Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs [9], [10], [11].

All statements and representations should be clear, factually accurate, and current.

All brochures and catalogs are updated on an annual basis

Catalogs or other official publications should be readily available and accurately depict ... (see the list in the policy) [17].

Undergraduate Catalog [6] and Graduate Catalog [16], and Student Handbook (rules and regulations for conduct) [18].

Student Requirement for Admissions

Recruitment is conducted by qualified admission officers (the report for Comprehensive Standard 3.9.3, see "Qualified Staff").

Representation of Accredited Status

See the report for Comprehensive Standard 3.14.1.

Supporting Documentation: