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Georgia College Outdoor Education earns continued accreditation

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August 07, 2012

The Accreditation Council of the Association for Experiential Education has granted continuing accredited status to Georgia College’s Outdoor Education programs for the next 10 years.

The AEE Accreditation applies to Georgia College’s Outdoor Education undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the Outdoor Center services, and the two campus-wide outdoor recreation student programs managed by the department — Venture Out and the Wellness and Recreation Center climbing wall. 

“This achievement reflects exceptional compliance with all national standards set forth by AEE for operations of Outdoor Education academic programs,” said Dr. Sandra K. Gangstead, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “We will continue to work hard to sustain the strong reputation this program has nationally and internationally, knowing the unique contribution the Outdoor Education program makes to the liberal arts mission of Georgia College.”

Based on the accreditation site visit and subsequent reports, the accreditation council finds Georgia College in compliance with AEE standards for the following:

• Philosophical;

• Educational and ethical principles;

• Program governance;

• Program oversight and management of activities;

• Human resources (staff selection, hiring, training and supervision);

• Transportation;

• Equipment;

• Nutrition;

• Hygiene;

• Venue selection and appropriateness;

• Environment and culture; and

• Technical activities.

Georgia College outdoor education programs prepare students for careers in recreation, education, training and development and therapeutic settings in which outdoor adventure activities are a primary vehicle for helping individuals, groups and organizations grow.

The Georgia College programs are one of 10 university programs in the nation accredited by the Association for Experiential Education, an international association dedicated to furthering learning through experience. Additionally, the Georgia College Outdoor Education Center is one of only two university outdoor education programs in the nation that is jointly accredited for academic and service programs.

During 2006 the Georgia College programs and outdoor center were awarded the AEE's highest honor — Organizational Member of the Year Award. AEE presents the award annually to an organizational member who has piloted and implemented a new experiential program and/or initiative.

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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