GGC Receives Unprecedented State Support

Today the Board of Regents approved Georgia Gwinnett College’s 2008 operating budget and capital allocation pending the Governor’s signing of the fiscal year 2008 Appropriations Act. $22.6 million was allocated by the Regents to GGC’s operating budget which was bolstered by $10 million in cash appropriated by the Georgia General Assembly to help prepare the college for its first freshman class in August 2007. A new library and learning resources center was also funded at $28.3 million.

Today the Board of Regents approved Georgia Gwinnett College’s 2008 operating budget and capital allocation pending the Governor’s signing of the fiscal year 2008 Appropriations Act. $22.6 million was allocated by the Regents to GGC’s operating budget which was bolstered by $10 million in cash appropriated by the Georgia General Assembly to help prepare the college for its first freshman class in August 2007. A new library and learning resources center was also funded at $28.3 million.

“We are very pleased to receive this allocation and appreciate the support of the Board of Regents and the Chancellor of the University System of Georgia,” says President Daniel Kaufman. “As the newest four-year college in the state of Georgia, GGC is receiving unprecedented support. I am thankful to the state of Georgia, and to the Gwinnett community. Both have stood behind this new college and helped to ensure it is a great success and will serve future generations.”

The proposed operating budget will pay for public safety, utilities, student support, classroom technology, and “everything that keeps the doors open,” says GGC’s Vice President for Business and Finance Eddie Beauchamp.

Within this operating budget is $10 million to assist Georgia Gwinnett College in hiring faculty and staff, and toward the acquisition of other needed resources to meet accreditation requirements and develop programs for the new four-year college.

Also approved was an increase in the student recreation fee from $20 to $40 to build a student recreation center. The center will house basketball and racquetball courts and space for aerobics and weightlifting. Plans also include a one-stop-shop for student support services such as offices for admissions, financial aid, registration and student accounts.

A $100 student center facility fee was added which will provide a new state-of-the-art student center. This facility will house food services, a bookstore, theatres, and student government offices, and will be the heart of student life for the new and growing campus.

The Regents’ approved four-year fixed tuition for all state colleges will place Georgia Gwinnett College’s tuition at $78 per credit hour for incoming freshmen. “This is important to keep tuition affordable,” says Beauchamp.

GGC’s capital allocation includes a $28.3 million library and learning resource center. The library is slated to break ground in 2008 and is critical to the college’s pursuit of accreditation status. ”This new library and learning resource center will feature best practices in library design in terms of room sizes, furniture design, and the integration of learning space with today’s advanced technology,” says Gene Ruffin, GGC’s director of library services.

According to Beauchamp, the plan is to build the new library and new student center at same time and in close proximity to each other. This would provide a space where students are drawn to one area and experience an environment where they can learn, live and play. This student-centered learning space will reflect openness, freedom, and encourage a high level of engagement between students, faculty, staff and technology.

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