APRIL 10, 2013 – On April 15, Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) President Lisa A. Rossbacher and Major Gen. Peter Boylan, president of Georgia Military College (GMC) in Milledgeville, will sign an articulation agreement that allows GMC students to apply their associate degree credits toward SPSU baccalaureate degrees without losing credit hours in the transfer.
“This articulation will provide academic access for GMC students that is similar to those in the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), with which we have an established articulation agreement,” said SPSU’s vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Zvi Szafran. “Now GMC students will be able to transfer to SPSU with the same ease as TCSG students.”
“GMC is a liberal arts–based, two-year college. Many of our students go on to pursue baccalaureate degrees at four-year colleges and universities, and our cadet program is a feeder program to both West Point and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. GMC has nine campuses throughout the state and close to 8,000 students,” Maj. Gen. Boylan noted. “SPSU offers significant opportunities for our students to further their education.”
As for how SPSU stands to benefit from the agreement, “GMC is a different type of institution than SPSU with a student body that is more than 50 percent female and a mature online presence that will help to bring more students to SPSU from beyond Georgia,” said Dr. Sam Conn, chief information officer at SPSU, who is GMC’s former vice president for information technology and director of online learning.
With the articulation agreement in place, GMC students who earn an associate of science degree will be able to earn a bachelor of science from SPSU in areas such as information technology in approximately two additional years of full-time study.
“The agreement is consistent with Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative designed to provide an improved educational pipeline from high school through college graduation, particularly in the STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] fields that are our bread and butter,” Dr. Szafran noted.
GMC President Boylan will head a delegation of six to seven GMC officials visiting SPSU for the April 15 signing ceremony, which will be replicated the following day at GMC. The signing at SPSU will be prefaced by remarks from the dignitaries of both institutions, beginning at 12:10 p.m. in the eXecutive Dining Room of the SPSU Dining Hall.
At Southern Polytechnic State University, students study the sciences and technologies in a unique, practical manner, as they pursue an education that is career-based and well balanced. SPSU is a residential, co-educational member of the University System of Georgia with approximately 6,200 students who study on the 198 acres of naturally wooded landscape in the historic and vibrant city of Marietta (just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta). SPSU, through a fusion of technology with the liberal arts and sciences, creates a learning community that encourages thoughtful inquiry, diverse perspectives and strong preparation of our graduates to be leaders in an increasingly technological world.