mostlycloudy
Friday May 29th, 2015 10:02AM

State funding supports institutional priorities at NGCSU, GSC

By Staff
UNDATED - How do you close an 18 percent gap between the numbers of Georgians who currently have some type of college degree and what the state's workforce will need in 2020? That is the challenge facing Georgia and its colleges and universities, a challenge being addressed through the state's Complete College Georgia Initiative (GCCGI).

GCCGI identified an 18 percent gap between the numbers of Georgians who currently have some type of college degree and what the state's workforce will need in 2020.

Ongoing work by Georgia's public colleges and universities to increase college completion rates under this initiative will get a boost in the upcoming year with $72.5 million in new funds. Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly fully funded the University System of Georgia's enrollment formula, and as a result, all 35 institutions will receive new funding to strengthen programs serving the system's almost 320,000 students.

"We are extremely grateful for the additional support we received through the University System of Georgia this year," said Dr. Bonita C. Jacobs, North Georgia College & State University president. "This support enhances the resources available to support our academic mission and our ability to respond to the need to serve our growing region."

North Georgia will use approximately $1.3 million in new resources to support faculty and staff positions that will sustain the university's growing strategic language initiatives and strengthen college completion efforts through the addition of the University Center | GA 400 instructional site, which is scheduled to open in August. University Center | GA 400 is designed to expand access to higher education to a fast-growing and underserved area of the region.

Most of the money - $900,000 - will fund 12 full-time faculty positions, particularly in the areas of strategic languages, science, physical therapy, visual arts, and the library, as well as additional part-time instructional faculty. The other $400,000 will fund 10 staff positions in overburdened areas, including student affairs and financial aid, and fundamental support for the University Center | GA 400.

"In the past few years, our faculty and staff have demonstrated incredible resourcefulness and work ethic by taking on extra course loads and responsibilities across the board to serve a growing student population as funding has been reduced to meet budget demands," Jacobs said. "The state's investment now is particularly important as we prepare to open the University Center in Cumming and will enable us to better serve our students and the region."

The Complete College Georgia Initiative has projected that by 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require some form of a college education, whether a certificate, associate's degree, or bachelor's degree. Today, only 42 percent of the state's young adults meet that standards. Each of the state's colleges and universities is developing an institutional plan to support the goals of Complete College Georgia and will be submitting those plans to the University System of Georgia this summer.

North Georgia and Gainesville State College, which are in the process of consolidating to form the University of North Georgia, effective in January 2013 pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, are collaborating on a single plan. The consolidated university will offer a wide range of programs of study and degrees
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Fire, possible explosions destroy mobile home near Lula
A late night fire in east Hall County destroyed a double-wide home, and Hall County fire officials said neighbors heard a series of explosions just before the fire erupted.
8:19AM ( 1 hour ago )
Guns, training gun found where police say sheriff shot woman
Investigators recovered multiple guns as well as a fake training gun from the empty model home where police said a Georgia sheriff shot and critically wounded a woman, according to law enforcement documents.
By Associated Press
7:01AM ( 3 hours ago )
Wreck involving church bus results in multiple injuries
A head-on crash involving a church bus and a Lincoln Town Car left around 20 people hurt near Toccoa Thursday night.
12:04AM ( 9 hours ago )
Hall Co. Commission delays agreement with F. Branch for road improvements
An intergovernmental agreement that has been in consideration for four years that would bring turn lanes and new pavement to the intersection of McEver Road and Gainesville Street is going to wait, at least for now.
8:30PM ( 13 hours ago )
Interim Gainesville City Manager announced
Melody Marlowe, the city's Chief Financial Officer, has been named the Interim Gainesville City Manager and will begin her duties on July 3.
5:23PM ( 16 hours ago )