Area 11 (SACS 2009-2010)
UWG SACS Fifth-Year Interim Report
Area 11: Program length is appropriate for each of the institution’s educational programs. (Federal Requirement 4.4)
Judgment of Compliance
The university offers 104 programs of study including 50 at the bachelor’s level, 30 at the master’s level, 9 at the specialist levels, three at the doctoral level and 12 at the certificate level.
The University of West Georgia is in full compliance with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' requirement of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours for all baccalaureate degrees. While some programs may require more than 120 credit hours, all degree requirements for all undergraduate programs are published in the Undergraduate Catalog.
The University of West Georgia is in full compliance with the University System of Georgia Board of Regents requirement of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours for all graduate degrees.
A program review occurs when the program is proposed. This review assure the program meets the length requirements. Program length is also checked when any program modifications are made. this is an internal checked completed through the faculty senate Undergraduate Academic Programs Committee and the Committee on Graduate Studies. Program modifications are also checked for length requirements when the program are adjusted through the administrative approval process in the Vice President of Academic Affairs office.
As discussed in Comprehensive Standard 3.4.11, program length is examined in new program development and the program review processes. It is important to note that any changes to program length are determined and reviewed by faculty in the relevant discipline and college as well as by the administrative officers in the Division of Academic Affairs.
In many disciplines, program length is determined by specialized accreditation requirement and standards.