GGC President gives Board of Regents an update

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman gave members of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents an update on the progress of the state’s newest institution of higher learning today, telling the Board members that Georgia Gwinnett focus is on student access and engagement.

Georgia Gwinnett College President Daniel J. Kaufman gave members of the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents an update on the progress of the state’s newest institution of higher learning today, telling the Board members that Georgia Gwinnett focus is on student access and engagement.

A recent report by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) found that first year GGC students (freshmen) reported earlier this year that their level of student engagement is similar to that of students in the top 10 percent of schools surveyed nationwide as having access to enriching educational experiences, active and collaborative learning environments and student/faculty interaction. Seventy-three percent of GGC’s full-time freshmen during the 2007-08 school year returned to the college this fall.

“Our goal is the meet the needs of students in the twenty-first century,” Dr. Kaufman told the Board. “We are dealing with an extremely diverse population, and GGC is committed to educating each one of them.”

The college opened its doors in August of 2006, and graduated its first class earlier this year.

“We want learning to take place continuously in and beyond the walls of the traditional classroom,” Dr. Kaufman says. “We are innovative in our use of technology and we have a commitment to an integrated educational experience that develops the whole person.”

During his presentation, Dr. Kaufman talked about the college’s institutional goals: produce graduates who can anticipate and respond effectively to the changing world, inspire graduates to be contributing citizens and community leaders, design and deliver innovative education programs and support services and create a culture devoted to the holistic development of students.

Currently, GGC awards degrees in biology, business, information technology and psychology, but will expand its program to include majors in nursing, education and radiology. Within the next 24 months the college expects to add majors in English, history, mathematics, political science, exercise science and criminology.

The college also is in the middle of becoming accredited. As a new institution, it is seeking initial accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Earlier this year, SACS awarded the institution candidacy toward accreditation which should be finalized sometime around the end of 2009.

The college started out in 2006 with 119 students and expects to top 2,000 by the end of this academic year. More than 30 students have applied for graduation following the fall semester and a record number are expected to graduate next spring.

Within the next two years, Georgia Gwinnett expects to add student housing, a parking deck, a new library and a student center to its growing campus.

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