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3.5 Undergraduate Educational Programs

Comprehensive Standard:

3.5.3 The institution publishes requirements for its undergraduate programs, including its general education components. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs. (See Commission policy "The Quality and Integrity of Undergraduate Degrees") (Undergraduate program requirements)

Statement of Compliance:   In Compliance.

Narrative:

The University of West Georgia publishes requirements for its undergraduate programs, including its general education components (Core Curriculum), in the Undergraduate Catalog [1], [2], [3].

The University of West Georgia Undergraduate Catalog is available on the UWG website, and a printed version is also available upon request. The requirements for each academic program, including the Core Curriculum, can be found in the following sections of the Undergraduate Catalog: University of West Georgia Core Curriculum [3], and in information provided by each college [4], [5], [6], [7], [8], [9].

Undergraduate program requirements are the responsibility of the University of West Georgia faculty and are guided by Board of Regents and SACS policies (e.g., "Distance and Correspondence Education" and "Quality and Integrity of Undergraduate Degrees"). 

NOTE: not all segments of these policies relate to this principle; only segments related to this particular principle are included in the tables below.

University of West Georgia Compliance with SACS policies is reflected in the following tables:

SACS Policy on "Distance and Corresponding Education" [10]

SACS Policy Segment

Compliance

The technology used is appropriate to the nature and objectives of the programs and courses and expectations concerning the use of such technology are clearly communicated to students.

The Comprehensive Requirement 3.4.12 (Technology Use) - ITS policies [11] are included into the report.

Academic support services are appropriate and specifically related to distance and correspondence education.

The report for Comprehensive Standard 3.4.9 provides a thorough comparison of the academic support services offered to students enrolled in classes taught face-to-face and online.

Program length is appropriate for each of the institution’s educational programs, including those offered through distance education and correspondence education.

UWG programs that are offered completely online have exactly the same course content requirements as face-to-face programs. See the narratives for Core Requirement 2.7.1 (Program length) and Federal Requirement 4.4 (Program length)

For all degree programs offered through distance or correspondence education, the programs embody a coherent course of study that is compatible with the institution’s mission and is based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education.

UWG programs that are offered completely online also have exactly the same course content as face-to-face programs. See the reports for Core Requirement 2.7.2 (Program Content).  

For all courses offered through distance or correspondence education, the institution employs sound and acceptable practices for determining the amount and level of credit awarded and justifies the use of a unit other than semester credit hours by explaining it equivalency.

UWG has a Credit Hour Policy that is discussed in the narrative for Federal Requirement 4.9.

 

SACS policy on "The Quality and Integrity of Undergraduate Degrees" [12]

SACS Policy Segment

Compliance

UWG undergraduate degrees require completion of a general education component/core curriculum.

The narratives for Core Requirement 2.7.2 and Comprehensive Standard 3.5.1 provide more details.

The institution maintains the integrity of its undergraduate degrees by being responsible for the quality of the credits that constitute these degrees.

Assessment of Learning outcomes (Comprehensive Standard 3.3.1.1).

The narrative for Comprehensive Standard 3.4.10 (Responsibility for curriculum) describes the process for creating and modifying courses and programs.

The narratives for Core Requirement 2.7.2 and Federal Requirement 4.2 discuss program content/curriculum.

 

Transfer courses meet transfer quality accreditation standards.

See the narratives for Core Requirements 2.7.2 (Program Content) and 2.7.3 (General Education), and Comprehensive Standard 3.4.4 (Acceptance of Academic Credit). 

 

The relationship between Board of Regents policies and program requirements published in the University’s Undergraduate Catalog is reflected in the following table:  

BOR Policy Manual

BOR Academic and Student Affairs Handbook

Reference in the Undergraduate Catalog (see link below)

3.3.1 - Core Curriculum [13]

2.4 - Core Curriculum [16]

See "UWG Core Curriculum"

3.8.1 - General (120 credit hours minimum requirement) [14]

2.3 - Academic Programs [16]

 

See "Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees" 

4.2.1 - Undergraduate Admissions [15]

3.1 - Requirements for Undergraduate Admissions [17]

See "Admission"

In addition, many undergraduate programs at the University of West Georgia have been accredited by one or more specialized professional organizations.  While many factors are considered in such accreditation, the quality of the coursework included in programs as judged by professional peers and standards is among them.  The following specialized and professional accreditations are available to support the integrity of coursework in University of West Georgia undergraduate programs:

Supporting Documentation: