University of North Georgia (UNG) is in compliance with this comprehensive standard.
Undergraduate program requirements are published in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is available online. Core curriculum (general education) requirements are on pages 111-117, associate programs on pages 118-203, baccalaureate programs on pages 204-361, and career associate programs on pages 362-364.
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. 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.
General education requirements for undergraduate programs at UNG are guided by the Core Curriculum established by the University System of Georgia. The Core Curriculum is organized into the following areas:
- Area A1 - Communication Skills; 6 semester hours
- Area A2 - Quantitative Skills; 3 semester hours
- Area B - Institutional Options; 7 semester hours
- Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics; 6 semester hours
- Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Technology; 11 semester hours
- Area E - Social Science; 9 semester hours
- Area F – Lower Division Major Requirements; 18 semester hours.
Consistent with the global aspect of the institution’s mission, University of North Georgia has defined Area B as one foreign language course and one course emphasizing globalism. All institutions in the University System of Georgia (USG) must identify Area A - E courses that will meet three additional USG learning goals: US Perspective, Global Perspective, and Critical Thinking. These three learning goals, referred to as "overlay requirements", can be met by successfully completing designated courses within the core curriculum.
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 requirements conform to commonly accepted standards and practices for degree programs. 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 undergraduate programs are accredited by discipline-specific bodies that require them to be based on commonly accepted standards and practices. According to Board of Regents policy, a baccalaureate degree 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, and an associate degree must contain a minimum of 60 semester hours.
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 program is reviewed in a cycle of no more than 7 years.