New Agreement Eases Student Transfers from WGTC to Columbus State

COLUMBUS, Ga. Students who successfully complete Associate of Science degrees in business or general  studies at West Georgia Technical College will be able to count much of their coursework toward bachelor’s degrees at Columbus State University, thanks to an agreement signed recently.

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The schools’ top academic officers – Tom Hackett at Columbus State and Pat Hannon at WGTC – signed the agreement Thursday in a brief ceremony. It was also signed by the schools’ presidents.

The agreement signed Thursday supersedes an April 26, 2010 agreement signed by the school’s representatives that covered courses in several areas. WGTC’s recent move from the quarter system to the semester system that’s closer to that CSU follows was one reason for the new agreement. The new agreement is effective in spring 2013.

Officials from both schools said they were still working on follow-up agreements that would articulate other courses that would be accepted by Columbus State, with criminal justice expected to be the next degree where most WGTC credits would be accepted at CSU.

As part of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Complete College Georgia initiative, the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia are working together to increase the number of adults with certificates or degrees, while maintaining a commitment to quality. Columbus State, for instance, developed in partnership with Columbus Technical College an "articulation agreement" that allows students completing the RN program at Columbus Technical College to have a clear pathway to encourage them to continue their education and complete the BSN program at CSU.

As noted in the 2012 Georgia Higher Education Completion Plan, “Articulation and transfer agreements provide students with important paths for transitioning within and across systems of higher education…While some steps have been taken to ensure general education course transfer between our two systems, it is important to offer even greater articulation in support of the state’s college completion goals.”

WGTC has campuses and classroom sites in LaGrange, Newnan, Carrollton, Greenville, Douglasville, Franklin and Waco.

For more information about admissions requirements and student life at Columbus State, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/students.

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Tom Hackett, left, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Columbus State University, and Pat Hannon, his counterpart at West Georgia Technical College, sign an articulation agreement May 10 at Columbus State that will make it easier for students earning associate degrees in business and general studies at WGTC to transfer their credits, starting in 2013, to CSU, where they can go on to earn bachelor's degrees. WGTC and Columbus State expect to coordinate other degree programs later.

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