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Regents Approve Name Change for Dalton State College

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Atlanta — November 11, 1998

Dalton College, a two-year institution of the University System of Georgia, will now be known as Dalton State College. The name change was approved today (Nov. 11) by the University System’s Board of Regents, while meeting at the northwest Georgia institution.

Today’s Board action completes a process begun in September, when the Board approved three new baccalaureate programs for Dalton College, along with a revised mission and institutional reorganization plan. All three Board actions respond to regional academic needs in northwest Georgia and the specific workforce development needs of the carpet industry, the region’s major employer.

The three new degree programs approved for Dalton State College are: the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Operations Management; the Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems; and the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S) in Technology Management.

“Dalton has been quite innovative and flexible in responding to the state’s identified workforce needs with appropriate academic and instructional programs,” said Dr. James Muyskens, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs with the Board of Regents. “This name change reflects the college’s new limited baccalaureate offerings and provides the academic structure necessary for the college to implement its new mission.”

Dalton’s change to a “state college” establishes a new institutional category within the University System of Georgia. The category of “state colleges” will be used to describe two-year, associate-degree granting institutions that have been authorized by the Board to offer a limited number of four-year baccalaureate degree programs. The University System’s other institutional categories are: research universities, regional universities, state universities, and two-year colleges.

Dalton State College joins Macon State College in the University System’s new institutional category. Macon College became Macon State College in the fall of 1997, when it was authorized by the Board of Regents to offer a limited number of baccalaureate degree programs to meet identified workforce needs in central Georgia.

These two colleges will be the only institutions to occupy this new category. Their mission changes are the result of recommendations approved by the board during its comprehensive Mission Review process, which began in late 1994.

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