CSU Participates in Initiative to Better Serve Military

Columbus State University will play a key role in the University System of Georgias new Georgia Military Education Initiative, which is designed to coordinate and synchronize an expanded array of degree programs, courses and support services available to every branch of the military.

North Georgia College & State University, also known as The Military College of Georgia, has been designated as the lead institution in the initiative. For more information, read the recent online announcement of the systemwide initiative at http://www.usg.edu/news/2007/030507.phtml.

Stephen Butler, director of CSUs Fort Benning campus, will be CSUs key contact for the program. He and Assistant Director Laura Maldonado operate from offices in Building 2613 at Soldiers Plaza on Fort Benning. CSU is offering eight classes at Fort Benning this spring. Butler said he and representatives of other system colleges and universities met Feb. 27 in Athens and wrote their bylaws for the new Organization for Military Education in Georgia.

University System of Georgia officials have been working for about a year with a military-based educational group known as the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support to develop prototypes for courses that can be delivered to military personnel in the field through such means as the popular iPod. Officials anticipate that online degree programs will also be used to help expand program delivery.

For more information on CSUs participation in the initiative as it develops, call Butler or Maldonado at 706-689-8668, send e-mail to butler_stephen1@ColumbusState.edu or maldonado_laura@ColumbusState.edu or visit the Web site for CSUs Fort Benning campus at http://fb.colstate.edu/.