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Institutional Effectiveness

Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) defines Institutional Effectiveness (IE) as the positive correlation of results to expectations. SWGTC engages in an IE system that is ongoing, integrated, and includes College-wide research-based planning and evaluation processes. The IE system is described in the SWGTC Institutional Effectiveness Model. It integrates specific research, data collection, evaluation, analysis, assessment, planning, budgeting, and implementing processes.

The IE Model also employs a system that provides for a systematic review of institutional mission, goals, and outcomes. It ensures that expected outcomes of units and programs and program student learning outcomes are identified and assessed; results are used for improvement in planning and budgeting; plans are implemented and evaluated; and improvements are documented. The IE Model is designed to continuously improve programs, services, and student learning and to demonstrate the progress of the College in fulfilling its stated mission. You may review the College’s Institutional Documents that includes the College Mission, Vision, Values, Philosophy, College Goals, Strategic Objectives, and Role and Scope and the College’s Institutional Effectiveness Model below:

Institutional Documents (PDF)

Institutional Effectiveness Model (PDF)

About the Institutional Effectiveness Department

The Institutional Effectiveness Department facilitates and monitors processes that are ongoing, integrated, and include College-wide research-based planning and evaluation. The department monitors the implementation of specific research, data collection, evaluation, analysis, assessment, planning, budgeting, and implementing processes for the purpose of monitoring and improving programs and services in order to enhance and improve the College and demonstrate that the College is fulfilling its mission. The department also assists programs in acquiring and maintaining program accreditations and the College in maintaining its accreditation status. The department also assists programs in acquiring and maintaining program accreditations and the College in maintaining its accreditation status. 

Accreditation

Southwest Georgia Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Technical Certificates of Credit.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Southwest Georgia Technical College.

Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Southwest Georgia Technical College and not to the Commission’s office. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. Please direct all questions to: Southwest Georgia Technical College, 15689 U.S. Highway 19 North, Thomasville, GA 31792, 229.225.5060, Fax 229.227.2666.

Self-Study and Online Substantive Changes Documents

The College was reaffirmed its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) at the Board of Trustees meeting on June 21, 2012.  No additional report was requested.  The College's next reaffirmation is scheduled to take place in 2022. You may review the Commission letter at SACSCOC Letter Dated: July 11, 2012 and the official actions of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees at Actions Taken by the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, June 21, 2012. You may review the College’s Compliance Certification document completed for self-study in 2011 at SWGTC Compliance Certification: 2011 and follow-up documents at SWGTC Focused Report: 2011 and SWGTC Institutional Response Report: 2012.

Online Substantive Change Approval and Submitted Document

The College was approved by SACSCOC, November 15, 2006, to offer over fifty percent or more of credits for programs online.  The College’s substantive change document may be reviewed at SWGTC COC Substantive Change Prospectus: October 11, 2006.

Perkins Plans

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act, P.L. 109-270, was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President in August 2006. The purpose of the law is to “help develop more fully the academic, career and technical skills of secondary and postsecondary students,” and to “assist students in meeting (the challenging academic and technical) standards, including preparation for high-skill, high-wage or high-demand occupations in current or emerging professions.

To receive Carl Perkins funds, eligible postsecondary technical colleges must have a completed and approved local plan and funding application.  The Technical College System of Georgia distributes Carl Perkins federal funds to eligible postsecondary technical colleges within Georgia.  Southwest Georgia makes Perkins Plans available to the public by posting approved plans on its website. The FY 2015 Perkins Improvement Plan can be viewed as follows: Perkins Plan: FY 2015. The Perkins Five-Year Plan is in effect. It can be viewed as follows: Perkins Plan FY 2009 - FY 2013. Previous Perkins Plans may be viewed as follows: Perkins Plan: FY 2012Perkins Plan FY 2007 – FY 2008 and Perkins IV Transition Plan – FY 2008.  Southwest Georgia Technical College met Perkins Benchmark expectations for data years 2012 and 2013; thus no Perkins Plans were required by TCSG for the College for FY 2013 and FY 2014.

For More Information Contact

Debbie Goodman, Ed. D.
Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness
SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison
dgoodman@southwestgatech.edu
Phone:  (229) 225-3978

Don Kurtz
Institutional Research Coordinator
dkurtz@southwestgatech.edu
Phone:  (229) 225-3979

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