University of North Georgia (UNG) is in compliance with this comprehensive standard.
Requirements for graduate and post-graduate professional programs are published in the Graduate Catalog, which is available online. Requirements for master programs are on pages 43 -120, doctorate program on pages 121-132, specialist programs on pages 133-138, certificate programs on pages 139-46, and teacher certificate endorsement programs on pages 147-150.
All of UNG's graduate and post-graduate professional programs were existing programs at North Georgia College & State University. Because Gainesville State College 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 program 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 graduate and post-graduate professional 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, master programs must contain a minimum of 30 semester hours. Applied doctoral programs, such as the Doctor of Physical Therapy, are required by USG to undergo additional review.
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 graduate program is reviewed in a cycle of no more than 10 years.