Augusta State near top in testing

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Augusta State University outperforms almost all of its peers on state testing, and that success is seen across racial groups.

Georgia classifies 13 institutions as state universities, including Augusta State, and among those only Georgia College and State University beats ASU on the Board of Regents tests, according to the most recent data available on students who have earned 45 hours of college credit.

Augusta State also surpassed Georgia State University, one of the state's three research institutions.

The success on the tests, which have a reading and an essay portion, is seen in all demographic areas, said Thomas Gardiner, assistant dean of ASU's Pamplin College of Arts and Sciences.

Black students, for instance, score better than their counterparts in any of the other 12 state universities. They perform nearly as well as black students at Georgia Tech.

"We've known in general that ASU does well," Dr. Gardiner said, then added that he was "pleasantly surprised" by just how well. "I think there's a culture of commitment in the department."

The Board of Regents testing office recently asked the university to submit a report on what enables it to do so well.

"Every time we grade a paper it's a teaching opportunity," Dr. Gardiner said. And when you set high expectations, students will rise to meet them, he said. Professors don't teach to the test. The test results are just a byproduct of rigorous classes.

Dr. Gardiner also attributed Augusta State's success to its writing center and a dedicated faculty. Students are taught by professors, not teaching assistants.

"I believe our instructors see their mission here as helping students who arrive in their class regardless of their background," Dr. Gardiner said.

The Board of Regents exam tests basic competency of reading and writing skills.

Reach Greg Gelpi at (706) 828-3851 or greg.gelpi@augustachronicle.com.

2004-05 BOARD OF REGENTS TESTS

RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES READING ESSAY BOTH
Georgia Institute of Technology 98.50 96.77 96.42
Georgia State University 93.59 88.96 86.52
University of Georgia 97.61 94.80 93.84
REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES READING ESSAY BOTH
Georgia Southern University 96.24 95.97 93.83
Valdosta State university 87.9 86.22 80.72
STATE UNIVERSITIES READING ESSAY BOTH
Albany State University 53.03 60.61 48.05
Armstrong Atlantic State University 87.17 85.71 79.88
Augusta State University 95.29 95.78 92.69
Clayton State University 74.62 74.43 67.18
Columbus State University 82.88 81.95 75.21
Fort Valley State University 60.80 73.07 54.93
Georgia College & State University 96.62 96.01 94.08
Georgia Southwestern State University 86.97 85.71 80.25
Kennesaw State University 85.76 78.87 76.05
North Georgia College & State University 91.22 81.11 79.96
Savannah State University 72.80 83.94 67.88
Southern Polytechnic State University 87.83 77.68 76.52
University of West Georgia 91.76 8.50 84.26

Source: University System of Georgia Board of Regents

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debby
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debby 06/22/07 - 07:50 am
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Thanks Augusta Chronicle. Now

Thanks Augusta Chronicle. Now I have more information about colleges when it's time for my rising high school junior to start making college choices. I thought she only had two choices: UGA or Tech, but now at least there are two or three more institutions with over 90% on test scores that my high achieving daughter (with a single mom) can add to the mix.

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lol@augusta 06/22/07 - 10:23 am
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As an ASU graduate, I can

As an ASU graduate, I can attest to the fact that the English was gruesome but I passed the Reagents Test on the first try with flying colors. I loved my time at ASU and it is a great school. I would recommend it to anyone.

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The Knave 06/22/07 - 01:28 pm
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As usual, Georgia Tech is

As usual, Georgia Tech is king of the hill with respect to academics. If the governor and state legislature had a modicum of sense, they would be providing much additional funding to Georgia Tech, since its continued success and international reputation is absolutely critical to Georgia's attempts to shed its image as an educational sump.

magic
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magic 06/22/07 - 04:14 pm
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Stupid Knave, Georgia gets a

Stupid Knave, Georgia gets a bad rap because of the poor education that students are getting in highschool on down to elementary school. Stupid!!!!!!!!

marlowe969
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marlowe969 06/22/07 - 08:25 pm
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ASU is becoming, more and

ASU is becoming, more and more, a university to be proud of. The new buildings are beautiful, and the academics are strong and getting stronger. The English Department pushes students to write well, and then pushes some more. Now we know that pushing pays off. Congratulations, ASU!

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galaxygrl 06/23/07 - 12:47 am
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The English Department at ASU

The English Department at ASU has always been outstanding. Many have come to ASU to improve their scores over the last 30 years only to find out it was more difficult than where they had been attending school. Congratulations ASU, well done! And it's not only their English Department that is outstanding. They are a great school overall. By the way, Knave, did you read the whole article or just the part about Ga Tech?

critter
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critter 06/25/07 - 10:17 am
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Bravo, ASU!

Bravo, ASU!

whatever1
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whatever1 06/25/07 - 10:42 am
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Well done!! I have always

Well done!! I have always been proud to have graduated from Augusta State (then Augusta College).

turtles
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turtles 06/25/07 - 11:48 am
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The thing that bothers me is

The thing that bothers me is that, as a student at UGA, I did not have to take this test due to an above average SAT score and getting an A in ENGL1101. Others did this as well. Our UGA score could quite possibly be even higher if these student were taking it and were included in this count.

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Rozzie2003 06/27/07 - 09:12 am
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Congratulations to ASU. Dr.

Congratulations to ASU. Dr. Bloodworth, president, has provided stella leadewrship. He has also encouraged divisity among the staff and students. I recalled years ago when I took some courses there, Black stundents were not welcome.

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