University of North Texas seeks to learn from GGC

Two visitors from the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT-Dallas) visited with administrators and faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College today, hoping to learn from GGC’s success.

Two visitors from the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNT-Dallas) visited with administrators and faculty at Georgia Gwinnett College today, hoping to learn from GGC’s success.

The two institutions have a lot in common. Like Georgia Gwinnett, UNT-Dallas is the newest public institution in its state, having been established in September 2010. It  is also working to create a new model for higher education that is more accessible, flexible and student-focused. It also seeks to drive down the cost of instruction and the time it takes students to complete four-year degrees, while maintaining quality. UNT-Dallas is developing plans to grow its enrollment and expand campus facilities to meet the needs of the communities it serves, and faces many of the same challenges as GGC.

“We are delighted to share our experiences with our colleagues at UNT-Dallas,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “It is a rare opportunity to build a college from scratch, and particularly one that intends to take a new approach to higher education. I’m certain that they can learn from us, and in turn, we can learn from them as both our institutions bring innovative approaches to higher education.”

The UNT-Dallas team included John Beehler, provost and vice president for Academic Excellence and Student Success, and Benson Metcalf of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm.

“It is great to be able to visit Georgia Gwinnett College and to review their best practices in achieving high rates of student success,” said Beehler. “This is a case study in how to develop a new university the right way in the 21st Century where the focus is on students and facilitating active learning with a personal touch.  As a new university, UNT Dallas hopes to replicate key aspects of Georgia Gwinnett College's model for growth, efficiency and student success.” 

Beehler and Metcalf’s all-day visit included a series of discussions covering academic, management and support function topics.

This marks the first site visit by another college seeking to learn from Georgia Gwinnett, but Kaufman said it will not be the last.

“Word about GGC’s new model is spreading,” Kaufman said. “We intended that the college would be a wellspring for innovation and new ideas. Thanks to the GGC faculty and staff, this part of our vision is coming to fruition, as is our number one priority, student success.”

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