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8 Academic Programs & Curriculum

  • 8.1 New Program Development

    For any new academic program, the New Academic Program Approval Form found in the SharePoint website (myUNG),  along with appropriate documentation, will be completed and submitted in order to begin the review process.  The proposal must be reviewed and approved by the department head or program coordinator and the library before proceeding to the College's Curriculum Committee for review and approval. The dean will then review and approve before the proposal is placed on the agenda for the Provost Council (PC). All program proposals will receive two readings by the PC. Initial review/comments/suggestions by the PC will occur at the first reading. After the first reading the proposal will be added to the agenda of the next PC meeting as a second reading item. Between the first and second readings, any questions regarding the program will be sent to the appropriate university office for review. The final PC approval vote will occur at the conclusion of the second reading. After PC approval, programs will be submitted to either the Academic Affairs Committee (undergraduate programs) or Graduate Council (graduate programs) for review and approval.

    Approved February 2016

  • 8.2 Comprehensive Program Review Process
    UNG complies with USG Board of Regents Policy 3.6.3 "Comprehensive Academic Program Review."
  • 8.3 Course Development

    Any faculty wishing to create a new University of North Georgia (UNG) academic course must complete the UNG New Course Request Form and submit it to the Academic Curriculum and Policies TeamSite in the faculty/staff portal in order to begin the review process. The proposal must be reviewed and approved by the department head or program coordinator before proceeding to the College’s Program & Curriculum Committee for peer review. The committee recommendations are forwarded to the dean for review and approval before the proposal is placed on the agenda for the Provost Council (PC). All course proposals will receive two readings by the PC. Initial review/comments/suggestions by the PC will occur at the first reading. After the 1st reading the proposal will be added to the agenda of the next PC meeting as a second reading item. Between the first and second readings, any questions regarding the course(s) will be sent to the appropriate university office for review. The final PC approval vote will occur at the conclusion of the second reading. After PC approval, courses will be sent to the Registrar’s Office for processing. Approved courses will be submitted to a public folder for Academic Affairs and Graduate Council and added to the next meeting agenda as “Information items only.”     

  • 8.4 Instructional Delivery [+]
    • 8.4.1 Online Instruction

      All courses offered fully online will be Quality Matters (QM) certified. New fully online courses will be eligible for participation in an incentive program guided by instructional designers leading to QM course certification. All courses will be reviewed on a three-year rotation. If a course requires significant redesign it will become eligible to be included in an incentive program for redesign.  When courses receive QM certification the department heads will be notified. All faculty teaching fully online courses will be certified either through prior experience or through the Distance Education & Technology Integration (DETI) certification process, which includes a self-paced mini-course on teaching online. An instrument developed by the USG Office of Faculty Development will be used to evaluate teaching of online courses. Students taking an online course for the first time will be assessed to evaluate their potential for success. All undergraduate online courses will be required to include one proctored activity (e.g., exam) counting at least 10% of the course final grade.

  • 8.5 Certificates and Concentrations
    Certificate Programs

    An academic certificate, either at the undergraduate or graduate level, is composed of a defined group or sequence of courses that provide a coherent focus on a topic outside existing degree programs. The requirements may include an interdisciplinary mix of courses, but must consist of at least 12 academic credit hours. All new certificate programs must receive university approval and must be reported to the Board of Regents. Each certificate must undergo a comprehensive review every seven years to ensure that it remains a viable program.

    Concentration

    At the undergraduate level, an academic concentration is either (1) a well-defined area of specialization available to students within a major or (2) a sequence of courses on a theme, approved by a department head, available to students outside a major where no minor exists. At the graduate level, a concentration is a track of courses on a topic that is contained within a degree program. All concentrations must involve at least 9 academic credit hours and must be approved by the Academic Affairs Committee.

    For any new academic certificate programs or academic areas of concentration, the Program Approval Form, along with appropriate documentation, must be completed and submitted to the College's Curriculum Committee for review and approval. The dean will then submit all documents to the Provost’s Office. Documents related to the program review process will be placed on the agenda for the Provost Council (PC). All program proposals will receive second readings by the PC. Initial review/comments/suggestions by the PC will occur at the first reading. After the first reading the proposal will be added to the agenda of the next PC meeting as a second meeting item. Between the first and second readings, any questions regarding the program will be sent to the appropriate university office for review. The final PC approval vote will occur at the conclusion of the second reading. After PC Approval, programs will be submitted to either the Academic Affairs Committee (undergraduate programs) or Graduate Council (graduate programs) for review and approval.

    Approved February 2013

  • 8.6 Standard Class Times
  • 8.7 Military Corps Lab - Dahlonega campus

    Academic departments may not schedule single-section classes on the Dahlonega campus during the time allotted for the Corps of Cadets leadership development courses (Military Corps lab).  Courses scheduled during the time allotted for military Corps lab must have at least one corresponding section offered on the Dahlonega campus outside that time frame.

    Approved 13-FEB-2013

  • 8.8 Changes to Course Schedule

    Once the class schedule for the term has been approved and published on the University of North Georgia website, changes to course information (meeting dates, location, instructor) should be minimal. Any changes in meeting time(s), locations, and/or instructor should be communicated to each student prior to the start date of the course.

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