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ASU, Darton release college improvement plans

ALBANY, Ga. — Colleges and universities from throughout the state have released their plans on how to improve graduation rates and grow the number of college graduates in the state, part of an initiative created by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

Locally, both Albany State University and Darton State College have released their plans.

ASU has pledged to reduce midterm and final grade academic deficiencies by 2 percent each year for the next five years, increase its retention rate to 70 percent by 2017 and increase its graduation rate to 45 percent by 2017.

The plan includes creation of a Summer Bridge program and a Saturday Academy of Excellence, which the university said will involve 200 high school students from two local, but unnamed, school districts.

At Darton, college officials hope to shorten the time it takes for students to obtain a degree by offering a credit-by-exam option that would essentially allow students to test out of a course by successfully completing a comprehensive course exam.

Darton officials will also begin awarding prior learning assesment credits aimed mostly at adult students that would allow them to earn college credit for what they already know, thereby decreasing time to graduation and tuition cost, according to the college’s plan.

Darton also plans to increase its role in programs that partner with local school systems by 15 percent and grow its reach to traditionally underserved student groups.

In a press release from Deal’s office, the governor points to the completion plans — the first of their kind in the nation — as a means of reaching his goal of adding 250,000 post-secondary graduates to Georgia’s rolls by 2020. The call for the completion plans was part of the governor’s Complete College Georgia initiative launched last month.

“I am encouraged by USG and TCSG’s swift response to this critical issue and commend the partnerships they have formed in an effort to raise college completion rates,” said Deal. “These necessary actions will provide a highly-educated work force to businesses that choose to operate in Georgia and allow us to continue on the path of making our state the No. 1 place in the nation to do business.”

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agirl_25 1 year, 7 months ago

I am not going to comment....this should make SOME people very happy..it is killing me NOT to comment but I am not going to........BUT....some of you know how I feel about this.....

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FryarTuk 1 year, 7 months ago

Please, comment. I insist. No, I implore. Please comment.

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Fletch 1 year, 7 months ago

... If I read this correctly, this about increasing grad rates and NOTHING about making the graduates of these institutions any more intelligent in order to compete. .... Just simply finding ways to improve the number of graduates doesn't help ANYONE ... not one single bit!!!

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 7 months ago

Yep this is what we need more mediocre graduates. That is sure to attract companies to Albany. How about we try raising the standards so companies are seeking the students out for their qualifications. Quality NOT just more quantity.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 7 months ago

No one is going to decide to put a business in Albany because of the quality of graduates from a two-year school or HBC.

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Abytaxpayer 1 year, 7 months ago

Sherwood you may be right but I do know of two companies that came to Albany that combined would have meant 25-30 excellent paying jobs. But when they interviewed the "qualified work force" in Albany they moved their company plans to Columbus. Both of their commits were the “quality” is a joke in Albany

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 7 months ago

I believe you about the quality of job applicants, however the graduation rates at ASU and Darton are not likely to impact any businesses coming to Albany. I do believe that if Darton can fully transition to a four-year university then we can keep some of the bright young minds in Albany to stay in Albany. Over time this would have a huge impact on the quality of the work force in Albany.

Obviously, no one smart enough to have college options would choose to attend ASU for his or her bachelor's degree.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 7 months ago

Gov. Deal read somewhere that states with higher numbers of college graduates get more industry and receive more taxes and he was enthused. The plans the two colleges submitted sound more like vo-tech programs. I always get suspicious about giving academic credit "for what you know." Exempt students from math 100 or English 101 but don't give them academic credit toward a degree. Maybe they could just write an essay on Justin Willson's treatise and if they pass award a credit in Rhetoric.

As for ASU, there are some mighty fine people there but after Hank Huckaby's first unsuccessful try at reform let's consolidate it. There really is no place for racially segregated institutions underwritten by public tax dollars. We need to move on in our society.

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Bubbavet_rureel 1 year, 7 months ago

We love ASU, send your kids there, please.

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Sherwood_Eagle_Alum 1 year, 7 months ago

These "plans" sound pretty weak. My boss would have chewed me out for 10 minutes if I came up with something like that for an action plan.

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