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Regents approve mission for consolidated university

A new mission will be adopted by the new university which is being created through the consolidation of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University, after receiving approval from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents today.

The regents voted Jan. 10 to consolidate the universities and charged a 21-member Consolidation Working Group to oversee the process. The committee unanimously endorsed a draft of the mission after broad-based feedback from members of both universities before submitting it to the regents.

“It was important that the new mission reflect the true breadth and scope of the new comprehensive research university, which would include an aligned and integrated health system,” said GHSU President Ricardo Azziz, who will oversee the consolidated university. “Our focus will remain on educational quality, excellence and success, but it is important that our mission reflect the new reality – that we will be a completely new comprehensive university, competing with peers in the state and beyond, acting like the great American institution we will be, adapting and accepting change, responding rapidly and decisively, emphasizing the training and responsibility of our leaders and focused on growth and development.”

“This is a time of great change for our universities and this new mission statement, developed with input from faculty, staff, students and the community, will lay the foundation for what we expect to be as a consolidated institution,” added ASU President William A. Bloodworth Jr. “It will guide us in more effective planning for the consolidation by serving as a guidepost for what we stand for—and that is always excellence in all that we do.”

The mission will become effective after accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, expected next January, after which the Board of Regents will formally approve the consolidation.

The mission of the new university will be “to provide leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care and service as a student-centered comprehensive research university and academic health center with a wide range of programs from learning assistance through postdoctoral studies.”

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Consolidation Update, March 27, 2012

Proposed Mission, Vision, & Values Approved by Consolidation Working Group     

After using the feedback received from the ASU and GHSU communities, the Consolidation Action Team revised and submitted the following mission, vision, and values to the Chancellor’s Consolidation Working Group for approval.  The group unanimously accepted the proposed mission, vision, and values that are being sent to the Board of Regents for review at their May meeting.

Our mission is to provide leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care, and service as a student-centered comprehensive research university and academic health center with a wide range of programs from learning assistance through postdoctoral studies. 

Our vision is to be a top-tier university that is a destination of choice for education, health care, discovery, creativity, and innovation.

Our Values:

Collegiality – reflected in collaboration, partnership, sense of community, and teamwork.

Compassion – reflected in caring, empathy, and social responsibility.

Excellence – reflected in distinction, effectiveness, efficiency, enthusiasm, passion, and quality.

Inclusivity – reflected in diversity, equality, fairness, impartiality, and respect.

Integrity – reflected in accountability, ethical behavior, honesty, and reliability.

Leadership – reflected in courage, honor, professionalism, transparency, and vision.

Organization Charts Approved by Consolidation Working Group

The Consolidation Working Group also approved the high-level organization charts proposed by Dr. Azziz and Dr. Bloodworth.  The group also unanimously accepted these recommendations.

First Drafts of Planning Documents Submitted by Work Teams

Work teams were provided with a structured outline of information needed to begin the work of consolidating functions for the new university.  Their first drafts were due on March 9th, and the CAT received 49 reports and provided initial feedback to the teams for their continued development.   The next version is due March 30th.

Questions and Comments Welcome
Help us develop and improve our communications about the consolidation.  We welcome your comments and questions.  They will help us as we continue to expand our communications efforts.

Consolidation Update, March 13, 2012

Proposed Mission, Vision, & Values

We received more than 800 responses to the proposed mission, vision, and values.  The majority (54%) approved the wording and concepts.  Almost 30% provided specific comments and recommendations.  Based on this feedback, we will revise the statements prior to submitting them to the chancellor’s Consolidation Working Group for review.

Work Teams Drafting Plans

The 50 work teams have developed and submitted first drafts of their plans.  The Consolidation Action Team is reviewing them to ensure the critical aspects of the consolidation are being planned.  Dr. Azziz will officially charge the teams within the next few weeks.

Exploring Lessons Learned
The individual work teams are reaching out to their counterparts at other institutions who have experienced consolidations to learn what these institutions wish they had done differently.

In addition, the Consolidation Action Team will be holding a video-conference with the University of Toledo to explore their lessons learned.

Questions and Comments Welcome
Help us develop and improve our communications about the consolidation.  We welcome your comments and questions.  They will help us as we continue to expand our communications efforts.