Partnerships with Georgia Highlands College and Atlanta Metropolitan State College Expand the Footprint for Obtaining a KSU Diploma
As the Bagwell College of Education has grown and its reputation for excellence has soared, the demand for offsite programs increased. A survey by the Board of Regents concluded that cooperative efforts between two- and four-year USG institutions would best address the state’s need for new academic programs in growing, underserved areas. In keeping with our penchant for firsts, the BCOE was the first academic unit at KSU to sign an agreement offering classes in Paulding County.
The 2+2 program at Paulding in elementary and early childhood education is a partnership in which students finish their first two years of undergraduate coursework with faculty from Georgia Highlands College, then transfer to the Bagwell College for their bachelor’s degree program without ever leaving the Paulding Instructional Site.
After developing a successful program in Paulding County, the BCOE added a new 2+2 partnership with Atlanta Metropolitan State College in 2014. Like its predecessor in Paulding, students complete their first two years of undergraduate coursework with faculty from AMSC, then transfer to the BCOE for their bachelor’s degree program without ever leaving downtown Atlanta. “This is a mutually beneficial opportunity to increase the number of diverse teachers in Georgia,” said Maurice Wilson, associate professor and director of BCOE Education Student Services. “It provides an exciting opportunity for KSU faculty to become more engaged in this welcoming community.”
According to the University System of Georgia, by 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in Georgia will require a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree, while only 42 percent of the state’s burgeoning workforce is prepared to that level. To remain competitive, Georgia must not only maintain current graduation levels, but also produce an additional estimated 250,000 graduates in coming years. Under the direction of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia (CCG) initiative, the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia address this critical need in Georgia’s Higher Education Completion Plan.
“As a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan State College Completion Plan to address the CCG strategic plan, our partnership with KSU provides an immediate opportunity to improve recruitment, retention, progression and graduation rates in accordance with the CCG initiative,” said Hazel Mays, assistant professor of education. “AMSC students have the convenience of remaining on site to complete their four-year degree in early childhood, which will increase the number of teachers from underrepresented groups. This partnership also affords AMSC students the opportunity to pursue a career that will enable them to serve their local community and surrounding school systems.”