East Georgia State College students can now take classes at Georgia Regents University in Augusta following approval of a cooperative academic program Tuesday by the University System of Georgia's Board of Regents. The program will enroll its first students in the fall.
East Georgia students will have the opportunity to take classes on Georgia Regents' Summerville campus. Georgia Regents is the university created from the merger of Augusta State and Georgia Health Sciences universities earlier this year. The former Augusta State campus is now referred to as the Summerville campus.
Following the completion of 30 credit hours in the program, those with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher can opt to transfer into a bachelor's degree program at Georgia Regents.
"We're excited to partner with Georgia Regents University in Augusta to further East Georgia State College's mission of access," East Georgia President Robert G. Boehmer said. "Furthermore, we're working together to promote the statewide Complete College Georgia goals, including providing students with a convenient and affordable access point and an opportunity to earn an associate's degree while simultaneously preparing for transfer into a bachelor's degree program."
According to the agreement, Georgia Regents will offer academic and administrative space to accommodate an average of 30 classes per semester for students enrolled in the program. Students will pay East Georgia tuition and fees, which includes Georgia Regents' mandatory and elective fees for amenities such as the University Wellness Center on campus, computer labs, campus meal plans, intramural sports, and more.
"Our mission at GRU is to provide leadership and excellence as a student-centered comprehensive research university with a wide range of programs from learning assistance through postdoctoral studies. The East Georgia partnership reflects that mission, and it's a win for both schools," Georgia Regents University President Ricardo Azziz said.
East Georgia says advantages include affordability, better access to student services, smaller class sizes, a student-focused learning environment, experienced faculty and staff, and individualized tutoring and advisement in East Georgia's Academic Center for Excellence.
"Our hope is for EGSC to eventually offer an associate's degree in Augusta," Boehmer said. "We want to build on the success of the EGSC model in Statesboro with Georgia Southern University and offer expanded opportunities for our students, and for the GRU community."