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New funding addresses university’s priorities for college completion

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June 06, 2012

How does Georgia close an 18 percent gap between the number of Georgians who currently have some type of college degree and what the state’s workforce will need in 2020?

Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia Initiative will address the challenge. Ongoing work by Georgia's public colleges and universities as part of this initiative will get a boost in the upcoming year with $72.5 million in new funds. Gov. Deal and the General Assembly fully funded the University System's enrollment formula, and as a result, all 35 institutions will receive new funding to strengthen programs serving the system’s almost 320,000 students.

“Gov. Deal and members of the 2012 General Assembly acted generously with their allocations to Georgia College and the University System of Georgia during the fiscal year 2013 budgeting process,” said Interim President Stas Preczewski. “We are grateful for their strong support.”

Georgia College will use its $595,000 in new funding to address key priorities to support the state college completion efforts.

“These new positions and funds to support the university’s programs are key to ensuring our students continue through their college programs to graduation and have the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen careers,” he said.

The activities supported with these funds will help the college better serve students in areas such as class availability, financial and academic advising, and academic support:

• lab coordinator for biology and environmental science;

• assistant professors in math and nursing, lecturers in chemistry and outdoor education;

• transition a current kinesiology lecturer position to assistant professor/clinical coordinator;

• support for compliance with managing animal and human research, hazardous waste disposal and environmental health and occupational safety concerns;

• two full-time financial aid positions;

• peer tutors and supplemental instructors in the learning center;

• director of experiential learning;

• part-time librarian for the graduate and professional center in Macon; and

•  the math emporium.

“Providing students the support they need to gain the knowledge for their future careers is crucial to the future of Georgia,” Preczewski said.

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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