Board of Regents approves new majors to be offered at GGC

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved a significant expansion of academic programs today for Georgia Gwinnett College, acknowledging increased demand by students and impressive enrollment growth of the state’s newest four-year public institution. The new majors were approved by the Regents pending initial accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) later this month.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved a significant expansion of academic programs today for Georgia Gwinnett College, acknowledging increased demand by students and impressive enrollment growth of the state’s newest four-year public institution. The new majors were approved by the Regents pending initial accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) later this month.

The Regents approved a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Bachelor of Arts in history and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics. Each of these majors will include a concentration in teacher certification as will the college’s existing biology major, which also was approved by the Board today.

“We are extremely pleased with the Regents’ actions,” Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman, president of the college, said today following the Board’s vote. “This is just the beginning of a long list of programs to be offered in the future. These new majors give GGC’s current and future students additional areas of study to choose from when selecting their major.

“As we continue to grow, we aim to expand our offerings to provide the community with employees who meet the needs of our growing economy. When large employers such as NCR announce that they are relocating to Gwinnett county, they take into consideration access to quality education for their employees and their families, the education level of likely candidates and experience. GGC will play a vital role in attracting new industry to northeast Georgia.”

Currently GGC offers a Bachelor of Science in biology with concentrations in general biology, cell biology and biotechnology, and biochemistry; a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in general business, accounting, finance, marketing and international business and a Bachelor of Science in psychology with concentrations in cognitive/learning, clinical/personality, developmental/educational, social/applied and abnormal psychology. A Bachelor of Science in informational technology with concentrations in systems and security, software development and business information technology also is offered by the college.

“The addition of these three majors will continue to move Georgia Gwinnett forward to become one of the finest institutions in Georgia,” GGC Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Stas Preczewski added. “We are offering the courses and majors that students in this area are interested in pursuing as they choose their career path. Within the next year we will offer majors in early childhood education and special education and within the next few years we will request an allied health program and will begin graduating future nurses and other health related professionals.”

Preczewski also noted that the college has requested three additional majors, exercise science, political science and criminal justice/criminology, for implementation in the near future.

Georgia Gwinnett College, which opened in 2006, currently is undergoing its initial accreditation, and has been notified by SACS that the institution is on the agenda for accreditation consideration at their meeting later this month. Georgia Gwinnett College cannot offer any new majors to its current curriculum until accreditation is completed.

During their meeting, the Board of Regents also approved a ground lease and rental agreement with the Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation for a new GGC student center that is scheduled to open next fall. Details regarding the construction of the student center will be released next week.

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