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Article Posted October 21, 2008

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USG’s Newest College Celebrates Third Student-Centered Year

Having just celebrated the start of the third year of classes at the state’s newest institution of higher learning, Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) President Daniel J. Kaufman delivered a progress report to the Board of Regents at its October meeting.

“We want learning to take place continuously in and beyond the walls of the traditional classroom,” Kaufman said. “We are innovative in our use of technology, and we have a commitment to an integrated educational experience that develops the whole person.”

The college opened its doors in August of 2006 with 119 students, and graduated its first class earlier this year. College officials expect GGC’s enrollment to top 2,000 by the end of the current academic year.

Currently, GGC awards degrees in biology, business, information technology and psychology, but will expand its program to include majors in nursing, education and radiology. Within the next 24 months, the college expects to add majors in English, history, mathematics, political science, exercise science and criminology.

The college also is in the middle of becoming accredited. As a new institution, GGC is seeking initial accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Earlier this year, SACS awarded the institution candidacy toward accreditation, which should be finalized in late 2009.

Within the next two years, GGC expects to add student housing, a parking deck, a new library and a student center to its growing campus, Kaufman said.

Posted by John Vanchella
Published in: On Campus, Board of Regents, Presidents

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