From left, Albany State University Vice President for Academic Affiars Abiodun Ojemakinde, ASU President Everette Freeman, Deerfield-Windsor School Headmaster Dave Davies and DW Upper and Middle School Director Will Kessler sign an articulation agreement Monday at Deerfield-Windsor. The agreement will allow college-certified teachers to provide instruction to Deerfield seniors, who will earn college credit from ASU.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Beginning this fall, Deerfield-Windsor School seniors will be allowed to earn college credits in advanced English Literature and Calculus taught by their own instructors because of an articulation agreement reached with Albany State University.
The academic agreement, forged by ASU President Everette Freeman and Deerfield Headmaster Dave Davies, was signed into force Monday at DW's upper campus.
The articulation agreement is thought to be the first in Georgia between a private prep school and an HBCU (historically black college or university.)
"This is a historic moment for these two institutions, and I am delighted," said Davies. "The partnership will provide validation for our upper-level classes and the faculty who teach those classes."
The DW instructors who teach these classes will join ASU as adjunct faculty members.
"This (agreement) is an example of education without boundaries and without barriers," said Freeman. "It is a significant moment in time that represents Albany well. This is indeed a historic moment for all of us."
Freeman added that most of the credit for the agreement belongs to Davies.
"This partnership represents the ideas of Mr. Davies," said Freeman."It is his vision that makes this day possible."
The agreement will benefit both institutions, according to ASU Vice President for Institutional Advancement Clifford Porter Jr.
"The partnership enables Deerfield to produce high school graduates with college credits. We're hoping that ASU will be their college of choice after graduation. It also enhances ASU's ability to provide educational services across the spectrum," Porter said.
Presently, ASU has articulation agreements with Albany Technical College, Darton State College and the Dougherty County School system.