Cooperation, Coordination Can Enhance Higher Education Programs in Georgia (Opinion)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Getting our state university system more closely working together with our technical college system would seem to be a win-win idea for our state and benefit many students who are seeking an education.

Such a relationship seems to be developing with Gov. Nathan Deal already having brought together technical college presidents which are governed by the Technical College System of Georgia and presidents of the universities which are under the jurisdiction of the chancellor of the University System of Georgia and the Board of Regents.

The governor is looking for ways to improve the number of college graduates in our state. Certainly having the technical colleges and the universities closer aligned to allow technical college graduates with associate degrees to easily transfer to universities can result in more college graduates.

West Georgia Technical College President Skip Sullivan talked about this relationship last week when he updated the Coweta County Development Authority about plans for the technical college’s campus here in Coweta County. Steel for the first building of the Coweta campus was arriving last week. That steel should go up in the days ahead, and the first building on the campus is expected to be ready for classes in summer 2013.

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