Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The University of West Georgia is excited to share the news that the current draft of the University System of Georgia Policy of Institutional Function and Mission classifies UWG as a Regional University – currently, it is classified as a State University. This draft policy, discussed by the Board of Regents at the April meeting, has not yet been approved by vote. It will come before the Board at a later meeting for approval.
The Regional University category is the second-highest of a six-tier identification system. It currently includes only Georgia Southern and Valdosta State University. UWG was named to the newly created Robust Tier of universities in 2006, along with these two universities and Kennesaw State University, which is also being considered for Regional University status. The top tier schools are identified as Research Universities, a classification that includes Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Georgia Regents University, and University of Georgia.
The University System of Georgia has identified five characteristics of Regional Universities:
“Designation as a Regional University would indicate that the USG both recognizes these characteristics in UWG and values UWG’s educational and societal impact on the local area, the region, and the state. This would be a significant point of pride, not only for the university, but also for the surrounding community,” said President Beheruz N. Sethna; “Given how difficult it is to get into institutions such as UGA and Tech, it would also help retain great students in Georgia by giving them additional opportunities to go to a recognized first-class regional university closer to home.”
At this time, the Board of Regents is accepting feedback from other institutions as well as community members, groups, and businesses. On behalf of the university and the west Georgia region, UWG will continue to seek support for this proposal to become reality.