Officials at Augusta State University are examining all aspects of their academic programs with an emphasis on student success.
William A. Bloodworth Jr., president of ASU, in his annual State Of The University address Tuesday, told faculty, staff and students that the self-examination is part of the university's way of readying itself during the next two years for accreditation.
ASU's accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools expires every 10 years.
"The self-study will take much effort and time," Mr. Bloodworth said. "At times it will seem like a burden, not an opportunity. It is our job to turn it into the opportunity it can be, not only to reaffirm our accreditation, but also to make this university an even better place than it already is."
The accreditation as well as the construction of several new buildings are two things the university will look forward to in the future, he said.
Mr. Bloodworth said he wants to look ahead but doesn't want to forget the past. He said the most significant thing to happen last year was the college's conversion from the quarter to semester system.
"It is a major change in the way we do business and the way our students study and attend class," he said. "Our students are still adjusting to the change. When we began our first semester last August, our enrollment was down, as we expected, and as was the case elsewhere. This fall we hope to see some recovery."
Other changes last year included accreditation of the College of Business Administration, addition of a program in the College of Education that allows students to work in classrooms, and championships by the sports teams, he said.
"Augusta State University is committed to excellence in teaching, advancement of knowledge, and enrichment of the community in a climate that fosters humane values and a life-long love of learning," Mr. Bloodworth said. "That's our one-sentence mission statement. For me, it is a compelling statement."
Tammy R. Holley, president of the Student Government Association, challenged the faculty and staff to get more involved in student activities.
"SGA has set a goal," Ms. Holley said. "We want to see our fellow students succeed, we want to see them become involved and in order to do this we must depend on you.
"Together the faculty, staff and students create a university," she said. "Divided we are just an institution."