The Georgia State/Georgia Perimeter merger clears final hurdle. About to go down to 29 public higher ed institutions.

From the Board of Regents:

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Say farewell to this logo and name.

Today, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges gave its approval to the consolidation plans of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College. Chancellor Hank Huckaby first announced the consolidation plans in January, 2015, to create the new, combined institution.

Officials from SACSCOC, the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education in the Southern states, announced the approval of the prospectus submitted for the new institution during the SACSCOC annual meeting held in Houston.

SACSCOC’s approval represents the final step needed for the Board of Regents to review and grant authorization for the consolidated institution to officially operate as the new Georgia State University. The board is scheduled to review the final recommendation for consolidation at its January 6, 2016, meeting.

“Georgia State is a recognized national leader in improving student success and will be able to apply its best practices to a broad student body from across the state,” said University System Chancellor Hank Huckaby. “Combining these attributes with Georgia Perimeter College’s leadership in providing access to students across the metro area presents a significant opportunity to improve student success. I thank the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges for its thoughtful assessment and approving, once again, a new University System institution.”

The new institution will maintain its access mission through Perimeter College, offering associate degrees while the main campus of Georgia State University will continue its research mission. With the completion of the consolidation, the number of institutions in the University System of Georgia will be reduced from 30 to 29.

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ATLnative72
ATLnative72

With over 50,000 students, Georgia State is going to have the athletic fees to build an athletic palace at the Turner Field site.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Again, I recommend that all of the universities and colleges within Georgia's university system which offer associate degrees establish on-site Reading Centers which students may voluntarily attend to increase their reading vocabulary, comprehension skills, and rate of reading skills that will affect their success in coursework in every curriculum area, including mathematics. 

I have no doubt that some students will be enrolled who are reading below college level.  This suggestion is a pragmatic win-win solution as I see it as a certified but retired reading specialist and schoolwide instructional leader from grades 1 - 12 in the state of Georgia.  (Btw, I earned my M.Ed. as a Reading Specialist from Georgia State University in 1973, after I had earned my M.A. with a major in English and minor in Theater from The City College of New York, City University of New York, in 1970.)

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Correction:  The above should have been correctly written as B.A. (not M.A.), with a major in English and minor in Theater, from CCNY.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@MaryElizabethSings 

This will be up to GPC to decide, since it will be a separate college within the University. GSU abolished its remedial courses around 2000, and I don't think it has any such Reading Centers now.  Those "reading below college level" might be accepted by GPC, but I really doubt they would by GSU. 


Students will be admitted to GPC as a college within the University, but then must apply as transfer students for admission to GSU after finishing the associate degree.

niecey678
niecey678

@MaryElizabethSings i totally agree with you. unfortunately the usg (and possibly the tech system) have turned their back on the students who need extra help with reading skills. reading has gone the way of the dinosaur and is nowhere to be found at the college level. the students are really being cheated. so many students are not prepared for college-level reading.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@niecey678 

I well know it having supervised the internal testing via the Nelson and Nelson-Denny Reading Tests (standardized nationally) for all 1800 students yearly from grades 9 - 12 when I functioned as a Reading Department Chair for a major suburban high school in the greater Atlanta area.  When presented with the results, most teachers were unnerved in disbelief at the low reading levels of students even through 12th grade.


When we establish more Reading Centers for grades 1 - 12 and throughout the college levels in Georgia, and make them vibrant and active, then we will see scores increase in every curriculum area.  Thank you for your post.

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@niecey678 @MaryElizabethSings 

I don't mean to burst any bubbles here, but such University student support services are usually staffed internally; and at the University level, such Directors would have the doctorate, either a Ph.D. or a Ed. D. The majority of GPC faculty have Ph. D.s One of the rules of consolidation is that the new Perimeter College will follow GSU's rules for hiring faculty and staff.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@OriginalProf 

Ah, break a few rules, Prof, at least in your own thinking.  And, don't overrate yourself, please.  You have burst no bubbles here.