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Board of Regents considers sector policy and strategic plan

Dr. Donna Gessell, executive director of regional engagement, posts notes with ideas for the future of the University of North Georgia during a visioning session held this spring as part of the university's strategic planning process. Like the University System of Georgia, UNG is currently working on a new strategic plan.
At its meeting on May 14, the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents reviewed a draft policy outlining institutional function and mission for the system's 31 institutions that would change the sectors in which some USG institutions currently reside. Presented by Dr. Houston Davis, executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, the policy is intended to guide the functions and roles of the various universities and colleges by sector as a means to clarify roles and avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts within the system.

The State Universities and the State Colleges sectors would have new categories segmenting the member institutions based on degree level programs. As currently drafted, the University of North Georgia would be classified as a balanced bachelor's and master's state university, based on the scope of academic programs ranging from associate degrees to limited, select doctoral programs. The other category is for bachelor's-dominant universities with no doctoral programs.

Other institutions slated to be classified in the same category as UNG are: Armstrong Atlantic State University, Columbus State University, Georgia College & State University, and Georgia Southwestern State University.

Among the proposed changes, Kennesaw State University and the University of West Georgia would move to the Regional Comprehensive University sector, currently composed of only Valdosta State University and Georgia Southern University.

Davis also presented an update to the board regarding the development of the USG Strategic Plan and Public Agenda. Regents will be engaged in the planning process over the summer, and the plan is expected to be presented at the board's August meeting for consideration.

UNG's strategic planning process corresponds with the development of the USG strategic plan. Preliminary work on the university's strategic plan occurred earlier this year, beginning with an environmental scan conducted by faculty members this past fall.

The university has published this information, as well as a draft of institutional values and vision, on the Strategic Planning website. Members of the university community are invited to review and comment on the information currently posted.

In August, the university will further engage the university community with development of the strategic plan. It is projected for completion in mid-October. Implementation will begin as soon as the plan is developed, and the UNG strategic planning process will be cyclical from that point.

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