ATLANTA — Officials formally signed an agreement Tuesday that allows students who can’t meet Georgia Regents University’s admission requirements to take classes on campus as students of East Georgia State College.
The arrangement is similar to East Georgia’s program at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. It came as a result of the merger of Augusta State University and Georgia Health Sciences University.
Augusta State University was designed as a community college where nearly any high school graduate could have access to a college education, but Georgia Health Sciences University was a research university that contains the state’s public medical college. Officials worried that setting admissions standards for the merged school at the ASU level would tarnish the reputation of the physicians and dentists graduating from the new Georgia Regents.
“The East Georgia partnership reflects that mission, and it’s a win for both schools,” GRU President Ricardo Azziz said.
The East Georgia students will pay the lower tuition that school charges but will also pony up for GRU’s fees so they’ll have access to the university wellness center, computer labs, meal plans and intramural sports.
“Our hope is for EGSC to eventually offer an associate’s degree in Augusta,” said East Georgia President Robert G. Boehmer. “We want to build on the success of the EGSC model in Statesboro with Georgia Southern University and offer expanded opportunities for our students, and for the GRU community.”
East Georgia students with a B average after completing 30 hours of classes can transfer to GRU. In the meantime, they’ll have smaller classes and individualized tutoring.