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Georgia College completes plan to support Deal initiative

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September 12, 2012

Georgia College will play its part to help increase the number of Georgians earning degrees through a newGov. Nathan Deal's graduation initiative, Complete College Georgia, aims to add 250,000 more post-secondary graduates to the state's rolls by 2020.Gov. Nathan Deal's graduation initiative, Complete College Georgia, aims to add 250,000 more post-secondary graduates to the state's rolls by 2020. Campus Completion Plan, part of Gov. Nathan Deal’s graduation initiative, Complete College Georgia (CCG).

CCG aims to add 250,000 more post-secondary graduates to the state’s rolls by 2020.

Institutions of both University System of Georgia (USG) and Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) have developed specific plans to meet the governor’s goal.

“Georgia College has a special role to play in Complete College Georgia,” said Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Georgia College. “We are one of the state’s top three universities for producing successful and timely graduates. Our continuous focus on quality learning experiences serves all Georgians seeking an affordable and premier education.”

As the state’s designated public liberal arts university, Georgia College provides high-impact learning experiences through opportunities such as service learning, study abroad, undergraduate research, internships and civic engagement.

Georgia College’s Campus Completion Plan will offer a distinctive residential learning environment with innovative teaching that allow students to engage in learning beyond the classroom.

The university’s Campus Completion Plan includes the following strategies: 

  • Enhance GC partnerships with K-12 for college readiness;
  • Improve access and completion for students traditionally underserved;
  • Shorten time to degree or number of credits to degree; and
  • Restructure instructional delivery to improve student success.

By 2015, Georgia College plans to increase performance in a number of significant categories that reflect academic achievement, which include increasing graduation rates by approximately 7 percent; increasing retention of first-year students by approximately 3 percent; and increasing the enrollment of students from traditionally underserved populations by approximately 3 percent.

The campus plans of USG’s 35 colleges and universities will emphasize ways to use technology and online learning to attract new students; ease students transferring between systems and institutions; and use prior learning assessment to give college credits to students with significant life experiences not traditionally factored into their potential.

USG institutions have partnered with local K-12 schools, TCSG businesses and foundations to help develop individual plans.

Click the link to read the full Complete College Georgia report:

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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