ATLANTA — The Board of Regents approved Tuesday the mission statements drafted by committees overseeing the consolidation of eight colleges and universities into four institutions.
The mission statement for the merged Georgia Health Sciences and Augusta State universities is “Our mission is to provide leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care and service as a student-centered, comprehensive, research university and academic-health center with a wide range of programs, from learning assistance through postdoctoral studies.”
Learning assistance is the formal term for remedial classes.
The mission statement for the Waycross/South Georgia school says it is “a multi-campus, student-centered institution offering high-quality associate- and select baccalaureate-degree programs. The institution provides innovative teaching and learning experiences, a rich array of student activities and athletic programs, access to unique ecological sites and residential options to create a diverse, globally focused and supportive learning environment.”
The only debate focused on adding wording about being the state’s military school to the statement for the University of North Georgia, the name adopted at the meeting for the merger of North Georgia College & State University with Gainesville State College. The board picked Middle Georgia State College as the name for the merger of Macon State College with Middle Georgia College. It agreed to consider boosting it to university status in the next 12-18 months.
The regents will select names for the other two mergers at the next meeting. The mergers take effect in January.