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    Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Augusta University Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Augusta University Catalog

Introduction to the University



Welcome to Augusta University

Dear Students,

For those of us who have a passion for education, research and community engagement, working in higher education is more than a job, more than a profession and more than a career. It is a purpose-filled mission that nurtures an insatiable desire to continually improve upon the educational experience we deliver for our students, the instructional and leadership development we provide for our faculty, the facilities and resources we provide for our researchers, the talent we cultivate to meet workforce demands, and the innovative discoveries we make for the benefit of advancing knowledge.

The opportunity to serve as president of Augusta University is the greatest honor and responsibility of my professional life. I am beyond excited about what lies ahead for our university and how you can play a significant role in helping us become the best university at which to learn, teach, work, innovate and engage.

As we embark on this journey together, I am asking you to join me in fostering an environment that brings people together in a spirit of collaboration and shared purpose. I am asking you to help us establish a new standard of excellence that is underpinned by tenets of respect, integrity, resilience and accountability. These principles will guide us as we strive to elevate our research endeavors, increase enrollment and enrich our engagement with the community.

I firmly believe that together we can usher in a new era for our university, our community and our state. Together, we can realize our full potential and make a lasting impact on Augusta, the Central Savannah River Area, the state of Georgia and the world around us.

One of my favorite passages is Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” As we capitalize on the momentum we have collectively created over the past decade, let us sharpen one another through challenging the status quo, continually improving upon our delivery of academic and administrative excellence, creating the very best environment for instruction, research and student success, and elevating a culture of engagement that permeates through a flywheel of success, accountability and innovation.

I am excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for all of us and look forward to partnering with each and every one of you to achieve our shared vision for Augusta University. Together, we can build a brighter future for all who call Augusta University home.

Sincerely,

Russell T. Keen, EdD
President, Augusta University

augusta.edu/president


About Augusta University

Forward-thinking educational programs, high-impact research, cutting-edge and patient-centered clinical expertise and nationally recognized athletics—all of these things play a part in creating an experience like no other which students can find at Augusta University.  Augusta University is a public research university and medical center dedicated to training the next generation of innovators, leaders and health care providers.

Founded in 1828, Augusta University today comprises 11 colleges and schools, including nationally ranked business and nursing schools, and the state’s flagship public medical school and only dental school. State-of-the-art classroom and clinical facilities provide students a world-class learning environment that blends arts and application, humanities, and health sciences to deliver academic excellence across a broad range of disciplines.

Partnership campuses across the state and strategic alliances within the community provide extraordinary learning and clinical opportunities in fields such as cybersecurity, musical performance, and clinical practice. With the recent move of Army Cyber Command to Fort Eisenhower, we’re preparing the next generation of the cybersecurity workforce at our Riverfront Campus, the Georgia Cyber Center. Students in the School of Computer and Cyber Sciences gain hands-on experience in the classroom and have the opportunity to work with government and public/private sector partners at the Georgia Cyber Center.

Our students number over 10,000 and are taught, mentored, challenged, and inspired by over 1,900 full-time, dedicated faculty – prestigious, scientists, clinicians, and scholars drawn to our campuses in beautiful Augusta, Georgia, from around the globe.

An extensive research portfolio provides students research and scholarship opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Our faculty scientists are renowned for groundbreaking translational and interdisciplinary research in areas like cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular biology, regenerative/reparative medicine, public and preventive health, and molecular/personalized medicine.

Augusta University is home to Jaguar Nation, with outstanding student-athletes competing in NCAA intercollegiate sports and a wide variety of intramural sports for recreational competition. Both our men’s and women’s golf teams compete at the NCAA Division 1 level, while the remaining 11 sports teams compete as proud members of the Peach Belt Conference, one of the premier Division II athletic conferences in the country.

 For more facts and figures on Augusta University, visit the Division of Institutional Effectiveness website.


Mission

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.


Vision

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


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.

Accreditation

Augusta University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award one-year and advanced certificates and degrees at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s, first professional, and doctoral levels. Questions about the accreditation of Augusta University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

In addition to SACSCOC accreditation, eligible academic programs maintain accreditation by the appropriate specialized accrediting bodies.

All eligible academic programs maintain accreditation by the appropriate specialized accrediting bodies. The purpose of publishing the commission’s contact information is to enable interested parties 1) to learn about the accreditation status, 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s review, or 3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about Augusta University, such as admission requirements, financial aid, etc., should be addressed directly to Augusta University and not to the commission.


Legal Notices

The statements set forth in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution.

While the provisions of the catalog will ordinarily be applied as stated, Augusta University reserves the right to change any provision listed in this catalog, including but not limited to academic requirements for graduation, without actual notice to individual students. Reasonable effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes. Information on changes will be available in the offices of the president, academic deans, and enrollment and student affairs. It is especially important that students note that it is their responsibility to keep themselves apprised of current graduation requirements for their particular degree program.

Limitation on Institutional Liability

In the event that an administrative hearing officer or a court of record determines that “publications” issued by the institution create a contractual or quasi-contractual relationship with any person, the number of damages recoverable by the parties shall be limited to the amount of consideration paid by the person for the privilege of admission, enrollment, continued enrollment or other service rendered by the institution to such person. As used herein, the term “publications” (without limiting the generality of the normal meaning of the term) shall be deemed to include any and all written or electronic forms or other documents issued by the institution concerning applications for admission, enrollment or continued enrollment, waivers of liability, consents to medical treatment, dormitory occupancy and any and all other written forms, documents, letters or other materials issued by the university in furtherance of its educational mission.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Augusta University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educational institution in that no person shall on the grounds of sex/gender, race/ethnicity, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, handicap, or any other category protected by law be excluded from participation in or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any educational program, activity, or facility.

Augusta University is committed to an effective affirmative action policy. Augusta University strives to recruit, admit, and educate a cross-section of qualified men and women representing the socio-economic, racial, and cultural diversity of Georgia. This commitment is in keeping with our moral, legal, and social responsibility and with the highest ideals and principles of American higher education.

Accessibility to Disabled Persons

Augusta University’s physical facilities and institutional programs have been modified in accordance with federal law and regulations to allow equally effective access by disabled persons. Structural changes, such as adaptations to public restrooms and construction of ramps and curb cuts, have been made to improve accessibility. Special services may be made available on a reasonable basis in accordance with reported needs of individual disabled students.

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and The Americans With Disabilities Act, it is the policy of Augusta University to ensure that all students with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity and access to programs and facilities. Students are encouraged to identify their disability so that the medical college can determine what reasonable accommodation may be made.

Copyright Information

Notwithstanding any language to the contrary, nothing contained herein constitutes nor is intended to constitute an offer, inducement, promise or contract of any kind. The data contained herein is for informational purposes only and is not represented to be error free. Any links to non-Augusta University information are provided as a courtesy. They are not intended to nor do they constitute an endorsement by Augusta University of the linked materials.

The following information is provided pursuant to 17 U.S.C. Sec. 512(c)(2) in order that you may have a resource of information regarding copyright law and guidelines for action should you believe that the Augusta University web site contains data that may in some way infringe copyright law.

  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 - (PDF format)
  • U.S. Copyright Office - General Guidelines About Copyright Law
  • University System of Georgia, Regents Guide to Understanding Copyright and Fair Use
  • Additional Resources for Copyright and Scholarly Communication

Communication Requirement

All students at Augusta University are expected to check their JagMail e-mail accounts daily for important university announcements and other pertinent information. Students are also expected to update their own contact information in Banner.