On March 1, 2014, the Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) office began its transition to an Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (IEA) at which time official institutional oversight, training, and support for assessment activities across campus was transferred to it. As a result of this transition, several support structures were put in place to effect a culture of assessment and continuous improvement on the UWG campus. These included the hiring of a Director of Assessment, Assessment Coordinator, the establishment of institutional and divisional level assessment committees, and the appointment of assessment coordinators in every unit and for every academic program.
University Assessment Committee
The University Assessment Team was established in February 2015 by President Kyle Marrero and is comprised of representatives from each division of the University. The charge of the committee is to define and establish an assessment structure at the University of West Georgia, define and implement University institutional effectiveness assessment policy and procedures, oversee and review the quality of academic program and unit assessment plans and results, provide an annual report to the President documenting the strengths and weaknesses of the overall efforts in assessment and institutional effectiveness, ensure compliance with all applicable SACSCOC standards and requirements, and provide support for assessment of goals established within units and divisions that provide a path for success of the University's Strategic Plan 2020.
Ms. Amanda Thomas, Director of Assessment
Dr. Cathi Jenks, SACSCOC Liaison
Dr. Melanie McClellan, President's Division
Dr. Jill Drake, Academic Affairs
Dr. David Newtown, Academic Affairs
Mr. Brendan Bowen, Business and Finance
Mr. Dan Lewis, Business and Finance
Ms. Alicia Welch, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Ms. Kathy Kral, Information Technology Services
Ms. Holly Sailers, University Communications and Marketing
Mr. John Morris, Faculty Senate