Partnerships with Georgia Highlands College 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.
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.