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Students who can't get into GRU can attend East Georgia State

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:13 PM
Last updated Wednesday, May 15, 2013 9:13 PM
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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.

ADMISSION

The freshman index is the most important component in determining admission for freshmen to Georgia Regents University, according to the school’s Web site.

Students entering this year must score a 2040 on the index, while students entering in 2014 must score a 2140.

The following is the formula for the freshman index:

• SAT critical reading + SAT math + (High School GPA x 500)

• (ACT Composite x 42) + (High School GPA x 500) + 88

Source: GRU.edu

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KSL
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KSL 05/14/13 - 08:52 pm
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I am a hard a. If you didn't

I am a hard a. If you didn't care enough to meet college requirements when you were in free public education, why do you now need remedial courses @ taxpayer expense? How many times do we have to pay for someone to learn something?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/15/13 - 07:09 am
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Wizard of Grooo

Do you remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz where Scarecrow was granted his diploma?

That's what a bachelor diploma from Grooo will be worth.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 05/15/13 - 08:02 am
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Tarnish?

"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."

Well guess what, the tarnish is already there.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 05/15/13 - 08:04 am
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EGSC entrance requirement:

Once arriving on campus, the student must kiss Azziz's ring and ask to be formally granted admission to the kingdom.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 05/15/13 - 09:57 am
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Check EGSC's homepage!

I was immediately nauseated! If you don't immediately see what I saw click on the "Home" tab on the homepage!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/15/13 - 10:07 am
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Correspondence

They could make the entire Summerville Campus one giant correspondence school offering on-line courses, thus making travel to campus unnecessary, or at least infrequent. That way, they could "partner" with every university and junior college in the nation. Everyone could graduate from Grooo!

Edward1968
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Edward1968 05/15/13 - 10:22 am
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Sweet Son

I see what you are talking about. I immediately imagined Azziz thinking something like "Someday this school will be mine, all mine!"

willie7
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willie7 05/15/13 - 11:28 am
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Happy to see that admission
Unpublished

Happy to see that admission standards to the college have been raised. This will increase the graduation rate.
Ten years from now----we will be very proud of GRU.

Go GRU!!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/15/13 - 11:32 am
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It all reminds me of an

It all reminds me of an Atlanta Hawks game where they let nonpaying fans in at half-time free just to make the arena appear to have more people.

Cameron Poe
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Cameron Poe 05/15/13 - 12:43 pm
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KSL- where does it say

KSL- where does it say anywhere that "we" are paying to send these kids to school?

No one is getting in free. In fact these new students are actually having to pony up the dollars to use the facilities at GRU. And they will still have to pony up the dollars to go to GRU if and when they are eligible. Unless they can take advantage of HOPE.

So what is the problem here? GRU is upping its standards while still making a learning environment available to those students that may need a more hands on learning experience while preparing them for their time at what is trying to become a major university.

Butterbean
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Butterbean 05/15/13 - 02:50 pm
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Mr. Poe does not understand

that "we" are, indeed, paying for these students to attend. What does he think that state funding (tax dollars) comes from. A student pays less than 25% of the actual cost of their education at a public institution of higher education. Out of state tuition for non residents is supposed to make up this difference so that our taxes do not go toward this expense for out of state students.

Butterbean
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Butterbean 05/15/13 - 03:01 pm
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Mr. Poe does not understand

that "we" are, indeed, paying for these students to attend. Where does he think that state funding (tax dollars) comes from. A student pays less than 25% of the actual cost of their education at a public institution of higher education. Out of state tuition for non residents is supposed to make up this difference so that our taxes do not go toward this expense for out of state students.

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