Columbus State Strengthens Academic Links With Georgia Military College

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Columbus State University has signed an agreement with Georgia Military College to strengthen the relationship between both schools and make it easier for students who start at GMC to finish their degree at Columbus State.

The agreement details more than 120 different courses that will count as academic credit toward a degree at either school. This kind of articulation agreement makes it easier for students to transfer their credits toward a four-year degree.

“Our partnership with Georgia Military College is incredibly important and valuable to us,” Columbus State University President Tim Mescon said before signing the agreement last week. He said GMC in Columbus has been a conduit for many majors at Columbus State, especially into CSU's online RN-to-BSN degree.

Nothing in the new partnership changes the academic requirements of either school. Students with credit earned from Georgia Military College still have to meet Columbus State’s admissions standards to enroll.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, Georgia Military College's new president, said he hopes to be able to send more students to Columbus State, keeping them in the community and helping them succeed.

“I really do look at us as the feeder school for Columbus State University,” he said. “This gives our students options. Whatever they've done (at GMC) can be easily transferable.”

Columbus State University has been forging more of these articulation agreements over the past year as part of its effort to comply with Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative, which calls for more collaboration to increase the number of adults with certificates or degrees, while maintaining a commitment to quality.