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3.6 Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Professional Programs

Comprehensive Standard:

3.6.4 The institution defines and publishes requirements for its graduate and post-baccalaureate professional programs. These requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs. (Post-baccalaureate program requirements)

Statement of Compliance:   In Compliance.


All graduate and post-baccalaureate program requirements are published in the Graduate Catalog [1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [6], [7] and posted on the Graduate Studies website [8]. These programs conform to commonly accepted standards and practices insured by a scrupulous internal approval process. All graduate and post-baccalaureate course and program additions, modifications, and deletions are subject to a rigorous review process. This process is thoroughly described in the "UWG Shared Governance Procedures for Modifications to Academic Programs" document [9]. In accordance with this document, the Faculty Senate committees are involved in the program approval and modification procedures. The Graduate Programs Committee [10] functions within the frame outlined in the "UWG Shared Governance Procedures for Modifications to Academic Programs" document.

All University of West Georgia programs, including graduate and post-baccalaureate programs, must conform to the requirements and policies of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and must be approved by this body prior to implementation [11]. A number of graduate programs also have discipline-specific program accreditation. Discipline-specific accreditation requires a rigorous external review process during which the program is evaluated for its alignment with commonly accepted national standards for that area [12], [13].

Once a graduate or post-baccalaureate program has been established, assurances of common, acceptable practices are facilitated through Comprehensive Program Review (CPR) [14]. The CPR is the key long-term review of the quality, productivity, and viability of academic programs at the University of West Georgia. CPR serves as the catalyst for systematic and thoughtful evaluation of an academic program. CPR emphasizes the long-term history and long-term plans for an academic program. As such, it is distinctly different from annual assessments of student learning. The Comprehensive Program Review focuses on three characteristics of an academic program: quality, viability, and productivity. Each academic program is reviewed at least once every seven years. Academic programs that do not meet the review are subject to review at least every three years. The determination of compliance with the review criteria requires the approval of the academic program faculty, Department Chair, college or school Dean, the Faculty Senate, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Office of the President [15].

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