IEA's primary mission is the collection of data for use in planning, decision-making, assessment, and policy information at the University. The office also provides oversight, training, and support for assessment activities to effect a culture of assessment and continuous improvement across campus. Under the direction of the SACSCOC liaison, IEA is also responsible for creating and submitting reports to the SACSCOC accrediting body on behalf of the University.

In addition to the above functions, IEA serves as the Custodian of Records for the University. In this capacity, the office promotes efficient administration and management of state government records in compliance with federal and state regulations. The University Record and Information Manager coordinates and enforces the systematic control of all records, regardless of media, from creation or receipt of the record to the perpetual storage or destruction of the record, also known as Records Information Management. 

The UWG Open Records Officer, housed in IEA, is designated to respond to requests for records submitted under the Georgia Open Records Act. 

  • The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment's (IEA) primary mission is the collection of data (from both internal and external sources), and the timely analysis, distribution, and presentation of this information for use in planning, decision-making, assessment and policy formulation at the University. IEA is also responsible for ensuring the accuracy of vital University statistics, and for reporting these data to a broad spectrum of information consumers including regulatory entities, management, faculty, private organizations, and the general public. A major function of the Office is to respond to diverse requests for data from members of the University community, and to assist with research and assessment, as well as evaluation and analysis.

    The Office further serves as records custodian for the University of West Georgia. In this capacity, it promotes an efficient administration and management of state governmental records in compliance with the Georgia Records Act and the Georgia Open Records Act. IEA advises other departments about appropriate records-keeping techniques and guides in developing records retention schedules.

  • The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment adopted the following five overarching goals as part of its strategic planning process to help carry out the departmental mission and to foster mechanisms to assess results and continuous improvement. Each goal advances one or more of the four University-wide strategic imperatives.

    1. Foster a university-wide culture of assessment and continuous improvement. (SI3-A, SI3-B, SI4-C, SI4-D)

    2. Continuously improve data quality and information reporting. (SI1-A, SI3-A, SI3-C, SI4-C, SI4-D)

    3. Assure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations. (SI3-B, SI4-C, SI4-D)

    4. Promote professional development and training to improve service delivery (SI1-C, SI1-D, SI3-A, SI3-C, SI4-A)

    5. Foster the improvement of UWG’s data informed planning and budgeting processes in compliance with the Board of Regents' policies and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges' criteria. (SI4-C, SI4-D)



It is important to note that the information on this web site may differ from data reported by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment to other federal, state, and regional agencies due to differences in reporting guidelines, reporting definitions, and the timing of when the information was prepared.

Census Dates

  • USG Mid-Term

    USG Mid-Term

    Semester ADC Census I Date ADC I Due Date
    Summer July 8 July 15
    Fall October 7 October 14
    Spring February 22 March 3
    • Semester: Summer

      ADC Census I Date: July 8

      ADC I Due Date: July 15

    • Semester: Fall

      ADC Census I Date: October 7

      ADC I Due Date: October 14

    • Semester: Spring

      ADC Census I Date: February 22

      ADC I Due Date: March 3


  • USG End-Of-Term

    USG End-Of-Term

    Semester ADC II Census Date ADC II Due Date
    Summer August 6 August 13
    Fall December 20 January 7
    Spring May 12 May 21
    • Semester: Summer

      ADC II Census Date: August 6

      ADC II Due Date: August 13

    • Semester: Fall

      ADC II Census Date: December 20

      ADC II Due Date: January 7

    • Semester: Spring

      ADC II Census Date: May 12

      ADC II Due Date: May 21

  • USG Academic Data Collection Standard Census Dates


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