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Darton announces record enrollment of 6,405 students

ALBANY, Ga. -- Darton State College has announced a record enrollment of 6,405 students for Fall 2012 -- a five percent increase over last fall's previous record of 6,097 students.

Darton's early projections predicted a decline in enrollment of 400 to 500 students due to more selective admissions criteria. In an effort to counteract this decline, college faculty and staff collaborated to devise and implement strategies, which included broadening outreach and providing individualized support for current and potential students.

Not only did these initiatives compensate for the decline, but they proved to be successful enough to create record enrollment.

"The growth of our college is very exciting. It is a testament to both the quality of our programs and, most importantly, the dedication of our faculty and staff," said Gary Barnette, Darton State College vice president. "Because of their efforts, I believe Darton's potential for future growth is limitless."

This year's fall enrollment is the largest in the school's history, and includes students from across the street and around the world. For the past few years, the school has been able to attract students locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.

More than 400 Darton students reside on campus in the College's residence halls, which are currently at capacity.

During fiscal year 2011, Darton had an economic impact of more than $119 million on the region. Darton offers a variety of programs, including a new bachelor's degree in nursing, 87 associate degrees, 36 certificate programs, and more than 40 online programs.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 2 years ago

Exciting news for Darton. I would like to see the baby steps needed to turn this school into a legitimate 4-year university option for potential students in South Georgia.

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RedEric 2 years ago

Nationwide, enrollment is down, so this is really good news for Darton.

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coachjohnson42 2 years ago

they need all the students they can get to pay for those new dorms and student center.

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FryarTuk 2 years ago

I think the Darton Foundation sponsored the dorm construction.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years ago

I think you are right, FT

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bigbob 2 years ago

Right crotch and they probably had to pay for them with their own money unlike ASU who gets everything handed to them.

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VSU 2 years ago

crotch..... Good one! Ha Ha Ha

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FryarTuk 2 years ago

A critical need for Darton to fill is a four year degree in education, particularly in math and sciences. It is the only way the area schools will be saved. The DCSS is a landing spot for ASU graduates who are incompetent to teach. I don't know so much about English but most history teachers have some level of competence but just don't know how to teach. Darton shouldn't have any trouble now hiring senior college profs because there are so few jobs open and many large universities are downsizing. UGA President just announced that 130 positions will be eliminated to comply with state mandates for budget reduction. So I say congratulations on your growth, Darton. I enjoy your soccer, wrestling and golf sports. Peter you seemed to have settled down and apparently you are off the job interviewing circuit for a while. Go hit on Winnie Dukes and Freddie Sims for help to advance Darton to senior college status. That should be fun. You'll get the same reception if you go to the NAACP office and ask for the white restroom.

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Bulldawg 2 years ago

"White Restroom" LOL that's a good one FryarTuk. Like Cream once said "In a white room with black curtains..." Sorry, couldn't resist..... :)

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YDoICare 2 years ago

Fryar you are correct and at one time Darton had some excellent faculty members who were respected in their professional fields. About 2003 and 2004, Darton brought in some young faculty members from outside the area to replace those who retired. Many of those replacements were young professors fresh out of graduate school who brought the best of all worlds. They could teach and really excelled with communication because they were of a similar age with the students. They knew their material and were active presenters at professional conferences in their fields and publishing in peer reviewed journals because that was a continuing aspect of their recent graduate training. They also had a strong desire to become members of the community. I called them kids because they were in their late 20s and early 30s, but honestly they were the types of faculty members that strengthen a school and an area.

The problem was that they were not part of the inner circle or network at Darton. They felt no reason to belittle others or play games because they had a higher level of ability and worked longer and harder than most because they were enthusiastic. That became a dilemma for some faculty and administrators who basically wanted to coast until they could buy into an early retirement. These young professors became a threat by simply doing their jobs which made those trying to coast look bad in comparison. As a result many of these young professors were attacked and vilified and left after only a few years.

All anyone needs to do is to look at the faculty turnover. While I have never met the majority of current faculty, I can observe that their academic credentials and institutions pale in comparison to those who held those positions previously. As for administration, are there any departments where the Deans or VPs were not internal appointments? Sadly, Darton expelled the types of professors who could have pushed the institution to a higher level and unfortunately, schools located in areas like Dougherty County will have problems attracting high quality faculty from outside the area. It also hurts when the individuals forced out are now fully established at other institutions and remain active and building their professional reputations in their respective fields.

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Shinedownfan 2 years ago

I wonder what the Darton numbers are now, since some of the Pell Grant recipients have gotten their last "living expense" check and have dropped out until next semester. My daughter goes there and has noticed fewer students in her mandatory freshman class.

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chinaberry25 2 years ago

It is my understanding, ASU DOES NOT have a math education or a Secondary Education anything. When a person graduates from ASU, if they want to teach high school, they must get a provisional certificate and get their masters in education to get fully certified. Darton could fill this empty void, especially in math. Fully certified as GSW offers, is a big dent in pay because math teachers start off more than other teacher. But still, are you foolish enough to settle for this pay cut for 3 or more years? I guess so because they have been getting away with it for years and DCSS is loving it.

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FryarTuk 2 years ago

The ASU website is a bit jumbled. The Dean of the school of education says there is early, middle and secondary programs leading to certification. But on review of the curriculum I couldn't find some of the courses. It doesn't matter they are turning out completely unprepared teachers inadequate to be instructors in any subject matter. In spite of the fact their is a large mendicant population represented in the DCSS, the instructors wouldn't be capable of teaching the students even if they absorbed learning through photosynthesis.

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bubbavet 2 years ago

Now, now Fryartuk we can't hurts their self-esteem. Da crotch would get upset.

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chinaberry25 2 years ago

I know for a fact they do not offer math education for high school . You have to get your masters for the education courses. You have to take about 5 or 6 math courses you do not need to get certified and some you do really need you have to take on the masters program. You still are not fully certified and do not have to student teach. It is a big waste of money coming and going. Your check gets shorted and you take courses you do not ever need. Like Elements of Analysis that the state does not mandate. Two of those very hard courses. But you could use History and Philosophy of Math and student teaching. GSW and Columbus State offers it under the BS program. After you pass state board you start out the same as a 5th year teacher. Believe me math is hard, and ASU does have some good professors of math. It is just the waste of time spent in harder than hard classes for no real reason.

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coachjohnson42 2 years ago

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Dont worry......the doctors got it out.......

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