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This week, East Georgia State College and Georgia Regents University received approval from the University System of Georgia Board of Regents to launch a cooperative academic program that will serve as an open door to higher education for Augusta-area students who may not otherwise be eligible for regular admission into GRU.

As public universities, it is imperative that each of our institutions maintains our goal of promoting access to higher education and responding to the needs of our communities.

GRU and EGSC are dedicated to student success, and together we are working to promote the statewide goals of Complete College Georgia – including providing students with a convenient and affordable access point, and an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree while preparing to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program.

What these two great institutions are embarking on is not new, as this model for access has been implemented by EGSC in Statesboro. The EGSC-Statesboro campus has been in existence since 1997, and has garnered much success in preparing students for transfer to Georgia Southern University. The number of successful student transfers has increased steadily, beginning with just under 200 in 2007 and more than 550 in 2011.

It is this success that proves that the East Georgia program provides clear leadership, enhanced resources and student accountability, while ensuring a greater degree of dedicated faculty effort, enhanced learning support and careful attention to the retention, progression and graduation of each and every student enrolled in the program.

Similarly to the Statesboro initiative, our partnership will enable Augusta students to remain in the area, providing them with a seamless transition to GRU, or any other institution, following their successful completion of 30 credit hours with a 2.0 or higher grade-point average. The program will begin this fall with an estimated 200 students expected to enroll.

East Georgia State College-Augusta replaces a program at GRU known as University College, and will be on GRU’s Summerville campus offering Learning Support courses and classes that make up any Regents’ High School Curriculum deficiencies, as well as core curriculum courses. EGSC will charge EGSC tuition and fees, as well as GRU’s mandatory and elective fees which provide EGSC-Augusta students with access to student services on campus such as the University Wellness Center and computer labs.

With one of the lowest tuition rates in Georgia, students in Augusta now can satisfy core classes more economically while excelling in a student-focused learning environment with small classes, individualized tutoring and advisement in EGSC’s Academic Center for Excellence.

Both institutions are deeply committed to serving area high school students and active and retired military personnel. We seek to not only educate, but to retain the best and brightest students to meet the workforce needs of this region.

Gretchen Caughman, Ph.D.

Timothy Goodman, Ph.D.


(The writers are, respectively, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost for Georgia Regents University; and vice president of academic affairs at East Georgia State College.)

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Riverman1 05/18/13 - 06:07 am
And The Reality Is...

I appreciate the attempt to increase student enrollment at the symbol formerly known as ASU, but it’s a misguided attempt. It’s an effort to enroll students and get around the negatives of their SAT scores and abilities which would damage the ASU student profile statistics.
Pretty much anyone can get into ASU now. So what you are really saying is these students can’t complete the ASU courses successfully. You put them in an easier program for two years in order to give them credit in the easier courses. Next they complete the last two years in regular ASU classes and graduate with an ASU diploma. I conclude this move does nothing to improve the quality of students at ASU and the status of the institution.

What many people have done is attend a school as a part time student who is not admitted as a full-time student until a certain number of credit hours are obtained. That’s long been a pattern at ASU. A son of a friend went to UGA as a part-time student for years. He lived in Athens, experienced the college life, graduated with a UGA diploma in about 4 years and walked across the stage with his parents proudly watching. He has a good job at a bank today. I’d argue his diploma is not weakened in any way. On the other hand I wouldn’t say that about EGSC-ASU grads who have taken easier courses than ASU gives.

rmwhitley 05/18/13 - 11:36 am

don't see a need for higher education! In this obama-run, left-wing society, all a person needs is to cry because they quit school in the 3rd grade to rob and hurt people who have worked hard all of their lives. Continue the fast food strikes and reward these noneducated dummies with $15 to $20 an hour with full benefits because most were disinterested in getting a proper education. I certainly want a 3rd grade drop-out diagnosing my medical problems, which is where obama is taking us.

sconservative 05/18/13 - 12:12 pm
Grad rate and loan default

I could not find EGSC in the White House Scorecard except at Swainsboro. The Graduation Rate was only 5.6% and the student loan default rate is 27.5%. Augusta State U is 22.3% and 12.4% respectively. This sounds more like a scam at taxpayers expense than progress! All people are not qualified for college work.

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Gage Creed 05/18/13 - 09:40 pm


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