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The University of North Georgia is compliant with this comprehensive standard.

 

The University of North Georgia (UNG) offers coursework leading to a doctoral  degree, master degrees, baccalaureate degrees, transfer associate degrees, as well as a few applied associate degrees and certificates. The institution employs competent faculty qualified for that academic mission. Faculty members at UNG have appropriate academic preparation to teach in the program to which they are assigned. The Board of Regents Policy Manual, Section  8.3.1.2[1], requires that all faculty meet qualifications “Consistent with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ requirements for institutional accreditation.” Thus, consistent with SACSCOC guidelines for faculty credentials, all faculty teaching graduate courses have a doctorate in the teaching discipline or other appropriate credentials. All faculty teaching baccalaureate courses, general education courses at the undergraduate level, or transfer associate courses have a master degree and a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the teaching discipline or other appropriate credentials. Faculty teaching associate degree courses not designed for transfer to the baccalaureate degree must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the teaching discipline, or an associate’s degree with demonstrated competencies in the teaching discipline. In addition to this primary requirement, the institution also considers competence, effectiveness, related work experience, professional licensure and certifications, honors and awards, documented excellence in teaching and other competencies that contribute to effective teaching in selecting both full-time and part-time faculty. All full-time and part-time faculty at UNG meet these standards.

 

Full-time  faculty are hired using a committee process with recommendations made to the Dean of the college and the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. The search committee reviews the academic credentials of the candidates, as well as their experience and other qualifications. All academic credentials are verified by Human Resources during the background check before a final offer is made, as outlined in the UNG Employee Handbook[2].

  

Prior to consolidation, both Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University were accredited by SACSCOC with qualified faculty. The majority of the courses offered at both schools were either in the transfer associate degree program or the baccalaureate program, for which the faculty credential requirements are the same. Thus, consolidation did not negatively affect faculty eligibility to teach.  In the process of consolidation, faculty credentials were reviewed by department chairs and deans to determine which faculty were eligible to teach in  graduate programs.

 

The Faculty Roster[3] lists UNG faculty by department and demonstrates their qualifications.

Evidence
[ 1 ]   File  BoRPolicyManual_8.3.1.2_MinQualEmployment 
[ 2 ]   File  Draft Employee Handbook-04-24-13-16-54 Page 32
[ 3 ]   File  FacultyRoster_07192013