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ASU to participate in governor's initiative

Albany State University encouraging former college students to return to school to get their degrees

ALBANY — Albany State University is participating in Gov. Nathan Deal’s new campaign that encourages state residents to finish up college courses to earn a degree.

“Go Back. Move Ahead” is a part of Gov. Deal’s “Complete College Georgia” initiative which launched in 2011. It provides resources to prospective students and makes the process easy for those who started college but never finished.

Prospective students can expect a simpler enrollment process, more flexible ways to transfer earned college credits, additional course schedule options and a personal academic advisor. Options for returning to college in Georgia also includes enrolling on campuses, taking classes at a satellite location or using the online options available at many of the state’s public institutions.

“ASU plans to work with adults in our region who wish to complete their college degree,” said Chanta Haywood, Interim Vice President for Institutional Advancement. “We have articulation agreements in place with technical and community colleges that allow students who have completed some courses or who have attained an associate degree to enroll at ASU and complete a bachelor’s degree. We offer portfolio assessment evaluations for adults who have work experience or specialized certifications that may be applicable to a degree area,” Haywood added.

Returning students can opt for face-to-face and on-line instruction, as well.

“In order for Georgia to remain economically competitive, we must have an educated work force, and focusing on college completion is one way we intend to do that,” said Deal.

It is projected that by 2020, more than 60 percent of state jobs will require a college certificate or degree. Presently, however, only 42 percent of the state’s young adults have earned a college credential — creating a need for an additional 250,000 graduates.

Approximately 1.1 million working-age adults or 22 percent of the state’s population have attended college for some time but did not finish.