Board of Regents approves courses for Georgia Highlands and Kennesaw program in Pauldng County
Partnership will expand higher education access in Northwest Georgia
Georgia (Mar 18, 2009) — Board of Regents approves courses for Georgia Highlands and Kennesaw program in Pauldng County
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Regents approves courses for Georgia Highlands/Kennesaw State program in Paulding County
KENNESAW‚ Ga. (March 17‚ 2009) –– The Board of Regents today gave their approval to Georgia Highlands College and Kennesaw State University to move ahead with a satellite academic program in Paulding County’s downtown Dallas.
Under the partnership‚ Georgia Highlands will provide core curriculum courses toward an associate’s degree‚ learning support and courses in communication‚ English‚ history‚ mathematics‚ music‚ computer studies‚ psychology‚ political science‚ physical education and reading.
Initially‚ Kennesaw State will offer upper−level undergraduate classes in finance and management and graduate courses in educational and technology leadership. KSU course offerings will continue to develop as the academic program for the Paulding site expands.
“This opportunity to join with Georgia Highlands College to offer academic programs in Paulding County is consistent with the missions of both our institutions‚" said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp. "We have no doubt that the local residents and the local economy will benefit enormously from greater access to higher education in this growing community."
As the lead institution‚ Georgia Highlands will manage the satellite site. The college is currently searching for three full−time employees –– a site director‚ test coordinator and library assistant. Faculty positions will be filled by current full−time faculty members‚ as well as adjunct and part−time professors.
After a capacity study commissioned by the University System of Georgia several years ago‚ the BOR decided that cooperative efforts between two− and four−year institutions would best address the need for new academic programs in underserved areas like Paulding County‚ which also is experiencing rapid growth.
This is not the first time that the two USG institutions have joined together to meet the state’s growing need for degree programs in the Northwest part of the state. GHC and KSU worked together previously to provide a Bachelor of Science in Nursing‚ a degree program that is in high demand throughout the state. That program is offered on GHC’s health sciences campus in downtown Rome‚ Ga.
“Paulding County officials have worked hard to make this opportunity come to fruition‚ and the entire Georgia Highlands College family looks forward to a strong presence in the county‚” said GHC President Randy Pierce. “President Papp and the entire KSU staff have been wonderful to work with‚ and we are looking forward to a long and successful collaboration with our colleagues there.”
Last month‚ the BOR accepted Paulding County’s donation of two buildings and a parking lot that will be the site for the new satellite venture. Both buildings are located in the center of Dallas. The Winn Building is the first one slated for renovation. When finished‚ it will house five classrooms‚ a testing center‚ a laboratory classroom‚ business office‚ student services office‚ conference room and several offices. The second building will be renovated to meet enrollment demands as the student population grows.
Kennesaw State University is the third−largest university in Georgia‚ offering more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries.
Georgia Highlands College is a two−year unit of the University System of Georgia serving more than 4‚700 students at five sites in Rome‚ Cartersville‚ Marietta and Carrollton.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.