Albany State University has developed a plan to support Gov. Nathan Deal’s goal to graduate 250,000 Georgians by 2020. Deal’s statewide initiative entitled “Complete College Georgia” was launched last August and includes all of the state’s public higher education institutions. ASU’s plan will increase retention and graduation rates; and improve the midterm and final grades of students in core courses such as math, science and reading.
To improve academic performance before students enter ASU for the first time and during matriculation, partnerships will be developed with K-12 schools and institutions in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) throughout the southwest region of the state.
ASU has articulation agreements with twenty institutions to increase college access. Most recently, the university teamed with Southwest Georgia Technical College. At the start of the school year, ASU professors began teaching courses at SWGTC’s Grady County site which will enable students to earn a bachelor’s degree.
“We are truly excited to offer upper-level courses leading to a baccalaureate degree on the Grady County campus of SWGTC. This new partnership will create more opportunities for individuals to complete college in our region. This agreement is a true testimony to the dedication both institutions have to the betterment of our local economy and accessibility of education to all Georgians,” said ASU President Dr. Everette J. Freeman.
The curriculum is designed for students who have completed the associate’s degree at an accredited college. The courses are offered Monday through Thursday evenings at the satellite campus located at 1550 Hwy 84 West, in Cairo, Ga.
According to ASU Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Richard Green, the university’s Complete College Georgia Plan also calls for the creation of “Academies of Excellence” with tutorial programs and activities planned on Saturdays and in the summer. “We have very high expectations of our students and special efforts will be made to ensure that each of them receives the support needed to succeed at the highest possible levels. Academic support, tutoring and other study assistance will be available to traditional and non-traditional students, whether they receive instruction on campus or through on-line opportunities. There will be several initiatives designed to decrease the time to degree completion and movement into the workforce,” said Green.
ASU’s efforts aggressively support underserved adult learners such as part-time, military and first generation students; also students with disabilities and full time workers who never completed the undergraduate degree.
“Traditionally underserved populations need a strong support base to guide them through college,” Green added. ASU is developing outreach programs, summer institutes, and new financial aid communication approaches for disseminating crucial, timely information.
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