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GENERAL INFORMATION


MISSION

Ina, Deskubre, Setbe:
To Enlighten, To Discover, To Serve

  • The University of Guam is a U.S.-accredited regional land-grant institution. It is dedicated to the search for and dissemination of knowledge, wisdom, and truth.
  • The University exists to service its learners and the communities of Guam, Micronesia, and the neighboring regions of the Pacific and Asia.
  • The University prepares learners for life by providing the opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities through the core curriculum, degree programs, research, and outreach.
  • At the Pacific crosscurrents of the East and West, the University of Guam provides a unique opportunity to discover and acquire indigenous and global knowledge.

ACCREDITATIONS

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The University of Guam is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a U.S. regional accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. The University has been continuously accredited since 1959.

All of UOG’s academic programs, non-degree certificate programs, and its Intensive English Program (a non-degree program) are covered by this accreditation through 2024.

See www.wascsenior.org and UOG's accreditation webpage for more information. 

The University also holds the following degree program accreditations:

School of Health

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Guam Board of Nurse Examiners and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) until 2026. The program received initial accreditation in 1996 through the commission, which was at that time the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC).

The Bachelor of Social Work degree program is accredited by the  Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) through 2023.

School of Business & Public Administration

The Bachelor of Business Administration degree program as well as the Professional Master of Business Administration degree program are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) until 2026. This continues a history of accreditation for the school dating back to 1997.

In December 2014, the Master of Public Administration degree program was approved for membership under the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), which is considered the global standard in public service education.

School of Education

The School of Education and all of its degree programs are accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). The accreditation covers all of the school’s degree programs, which include bachelor’s programs for elementary and secondary education and seven master’s programs, until 2027.

Additionally, programs provided by the School of Education to prepare candidates for teacher certification in elementary and secondary education are accepted by the Guam Commission on Educator Certification.

INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (ISLO)

The expected fundamental knowledge, skills, and values that the University of Guam student will have demonstrated upon completion of any degree are:

  • Mastery of critical thinking and problem solving
  • Mastery of quantitative analysis
  • Effective oral and written communication
  • Understanding and appreciation of culturally diverse people, ideas, and values in a democratic context
  • Responsible use of knowledge, natural resources, and technology
  • An appreciation of the arts and sciences
  • An interest in personal development and lifelong learning For more clarification and examples of how students might demonstrate the ISLOs, see https://url.uog.edu/islos.

LOCATION

The University campus sits on a 100-acre site in Mangilao, minutes from Guam's capital city of Hagåtña and other government and commercial centers. It overlooks Pago Bay and commands a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

LANGUAGE

While English is the primary language of instruction at the University of Guam, the University recognizes English and CHamoru as the official languages of Guam (P.L. 12-132). The University also adheres to spelling and usage conventions developed by the Kumision I Fino’ CHamoru, which has the duty of establishing agreement on CHamoru orthography and notifying public and private institutions of updates to the language (P.L. 33-236). Courses and coursework may be delivered in fino' CHamoru or other modern languages upon the approval of the instructor and dean.

In line with this endeavor, the semester names at the University of Guam are officially the following, in line with the CHamoru terms for the local seasons:

  • August to December: Fanuchånan (“a time for wet”)
  • December to January: Tinalo’ (“in between”) 
  • January to May: Fañomnåkan (“a time for sunshine”)
  • June to August: Finakpo’ (“the conclusion”)