GGC receives $150,000 Completion Innovation Challenge grant

Georgia Gwinnett College will receive $150,000 as part of the $1 million Completion Innovation Challenge grant recently awarded to Georgia by the Complete College America program and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Georgia Gwinnett College will receive $150,000 as part of the $1 million Completion Innovation Challenge grant recently awarded to Georgia by the Complete College America program and supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Georgia is one of 10 states to win the grant, out of 33 states that applied. The 18-month implementation grants support innovative, high-impact college completion initiatives designed to enhance student success and close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations.

GGC is one of two University System of Georgia (USG) institutions to receive grant funds, the other being the College of Coastal Georgia. Two Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) institutions also received funds, Athens Technical College and DeKalb Technical College.  All four colleges will use the grant funding to pilot innovative remediation programs. If their programs achieve success by meeting benchmarks, their programs will serve as models for other institutions in the USG and TCSG.

“The overall goal is to transform remedial education by helping students shorten the time it takes them to complete their remedial education so they can move forward with college-level courses,” said John Muth, dean of the School of Transitional Studies. “Our program is unique in that students may take remedial courses at the same time they are taking some selected college-level courses, enabling them to improve and apply their skills more quickly.”

Georgia Gwinnett’s program will use diagnostic software and electronic writing analysis to assess students who place into remedial math and/or English. While GGC already has teaching modules in remedial math, the grant will fund development of similar modules in remedial English. Faculty mentorship, the hallmark of a GGC education, will play a key role in facilitating student engagement in the program.

“GGC was founded with the goal of transforming education,” said Lois Richardson, acting vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. “We are confident that this grant will enable us to further develop our program, yield excellent results for our students, and produce a quality model for our fellow USG institutions, as well as other colleges beyond Georgia.”

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