University of North Georgia (UNG) is compliant with this core requirement.
Degree programs embody coherent courses of study that are compatible with the University's mission of providing “broad access to comprehensive academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society.” These programs, which are listed in the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs, are based upon appropriate fields of study and are similar to programs offered at comparable institutions.
Coherent Course of Study
As part of the consolidation planning process in 2012, academic curriculum work groups were formed and tasked with reviewing and revising all undergraduate curriculum (courses, majors, minors, certificates, etc.) within its academic discipline and submitting UNG curriculum recommendations to the academic approval process. A Core Curriculum work group was also formed to recommend the UNG core curriculum. The general educational requirements for undergraduate programs at UNG are guided by the Core Curriculum established by the University System of Georgia.
Faculty from Gainesville State College (GSC) and North Georgia College & State University (NGCSU) were equally represented in each work group. In addition, work groups composed of faculty and staff were formed to propose academic policies for UNG. Each work group was co-chaired by a representative from GSC and a representative from NGCSU. The Academic Affairs Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Vice Presidents of Academic Affairs at GSC and NGCSU, provided oversight to the 34 academic work groups. All academic recommendations were reviewed by the Academic Affairs Steering Committee to determine if the academic proposals were ready for submission to the academic approval committees.
All of UNG's graduate programs were existing programs at NGCSU that had previously been reviewed and approved at the institutional level and by the University System of Georgia (USG). Because GSC did not have graduate programs or post-graduate professional programs, consolidation had no impact on the curriculum and requirements for these programs.
The program approval process at the institutional and USG levels, depicted in this flowchart and explained in detail in Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1, ensures that degree programs embody a coherent course of study based upon fields of study appropriate to higher education. Item 3f of the USG Formal Proposal for a New Degree Program requests institutions to "indicate ways in which the proposed program is consistent with nationally accepted trends and standards in the discipline.” Additionally, many degree programs are accredited by discipline-specific bodies that require them to embody a coherent course of study be based on commonly accepted standards and practices. According to Board of Regents policy, baccalaureate degrees must contain 120 semester hours, with at least 21 semester hours of upper division courses in the major and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall; associate degrees must contain a minimum of 60 semester hours; and master degrees must contain a minimum of 30 semester hours. Applied doctoral programs, such as the Doctor of Physical Therapy, are required by USG to meet supplemental criteria.
Further, the University System has established a system of comprehensive academic program review to ensure quality and conformity to accepted practice in all institutional programs. Each undergraduate programs is reviewed in a cycle of no more than 7 years; the cycle for graduate programs is 10 years..
Compatibility of Degree Programs with Institutional Mission
Consistent with its mission of providing “broad access to comprehensive academic…programs”, UNG offers a wide variety of degrees at levels ranging from associate to doctorate. The Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and the Associate of Science in Nursing degrees are 2-year programs designed to prepare students for immediate employment or internal transition into the Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in paralegal studies or the RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science are transfer (or internal transition) degrees leading to the baccalaureate degree. A full range of baccalaureate degrees in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences, and professions are offered by UNG. As detailed in Comprehensive Standard 3.5.3, the general education requirements for undergraduate programs at UNG are guided by the Core Curriculum established by the University System of Georgia. Consistent with the global aspect of the institution’s mission, University of North Georgia has defined Area B (Institutional Options) of the core curriculum as one foreign language course and one course emphasizing globalism. Master degrees are concentrated in professions, and also include a few programs in the social sciences and humanities. Each of the 31 institutions within the University System of Georgia (USG) is categorized as one of the following: research university, regional university, state university, state college, or two-year college. University of North Georgia is classified by USG as a state university. Except in limited situations, USG allows only research universities to offer the Ph.D. However, USG allows other institutions to offer applied/professional/practice doctorates, provided they meet supplemental criteria. The Doctor of Physical Therapy is the only doctorate offered by UNG, and is consistent with the institutional mission of "a student-focused environment that includes quality education, service, inquiry and creativity."
The program approval process at the institutional and USG levels, depicted in this flowchart and explained in detail in Comprehensive Standard 3.4.1, ensures that degree programs are compatible with institutional mission. Item 1 of the USG Formal Proposal for a New Degree Program requests a “description of the program’s fit with the institutional mission, existing degrees and majors. Additionally, many degree programs are accredited by discipline-specific bodies that require them to demonstrate consistency with institutional mission.