Message from the President

On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of the University of West Georgia, I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

It's an exciting time to be a Wolf as we look ahead to the things to come in 2018. After reaching historical numbers in several areas last year, UWG again is on pace to achieve new heights in enrollment, entering freshman grade point averages, degrees conferred, graduation rates, regional economic impact and other areas. Building on our reputation for quality, value and accessibility, we will help every student succeed in a secure environment as we strengthen the west Georgia region's workforce and economy.

Here are some of the things we'll be focusing on in 2018...                                      

Connecting students with career opportunities is one primary area of focus for us in 2018. To build upon our current student employment efforts, we will further develop LEAP West, which focuses on the professional and interpersonal skills employers are asking for more and more. With a focus on high-quality, well-rounded education, the program develops versatile students capable of solving real-world problems. LEAP West students will complete traditional liberal arts courses with an emphasis on intellectual and practical skills; personal and social responsibility; and experiential learning through seminars, internships and service. 

Not only do we want students to graduate ready to engage in the workforce, we want to help them do so on time through the innovative template of meta majors. By grouping similar majors under larger academic umbrellas, these programs highlight the connections between various courses and career tracks. They provide clear pathways to graduation, saving time and money. Students are grouped in learning communities by academic interests, allowing them to take classes together, build friendships, find study partners and develop support along the way. 

We will continue to work with local partners to ensure students are prepared for opportunities after graduation. To that end, UWG will continue to be an active partner in the Education Collaborative, as an expansion of the Carrollton-Carroll County Education Collaborative or CCEC, working with Heard, Haralson, Coweta and Troup counties. Together, we will ensure students in local public and private schools graduate ready for employment, enrollment in a college or university, or enlistment in the military. Last year, we began the expansion of this model with school systems in neighboring counties. We will develop new partnerships with industry, education, government and community entities as we seek to provide students the opportunity to discover their natural gifts, skill sets and interests. 

Through our Protect Our Pack partnership with local public safety departments, we will take bolder steps in providing one of the safest campus environments in Georgia - including the use of new technologies, more manpower and new agreements with neighboring apartment owners. 

I am excited to continue serving as chairman of the Steering Committee overseeing the University System of Georgia's Comprehensive Administrative Review. This two-year, system-wide initiative, is aimed at improving efficiency and effectiveness of administrative functions and streamlining processes in order to provide quality instruction in the most cost-effective manner.

As we enter 2018, we have built momentum that I am sure will help us accomplish these and other significant goals. Together, we will embrace and meet every opportunity or challenge. I truly am honored to share the journey with you as we work to become the best comprehensive university in America.

Dr. Kyle Marrero
UWG President