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President Martha Nesbitt called a college-­wide meeting with faculty and staff on the second day of class to discusss what was then being called the merger of Gainesville State and North Georgia. The meeting was teleconferenced with the Oconee campus.

Nesbitt: Consolidation won’t cause tuition hikes in 2012 (but BOR might) Bryan Jones Staff Writer Gainesville State College President Martha Nesbitt assured students that the school will continue to maintain its mission to provide broad access to potential students through and beyond the consolidation with North Georgia College and State University. Nesbitt met with students on Jan. 24 in the Student Center to answer questions. According to Nesbitt, the consolidation was an attempt to create a more accessible institution in North Georgia. Other reasons included the fact that the NGCSU campus is landlocked and remote, while GSC has lots of land and is on major highways. “The consolidation will result in the only school in the system to offer learning support classes, honors

classes, associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees and graduate degrees,” Nesbitt said. However, many students voiced concerns regarding the impacts of the consolidation in a Q-and-A with Nesbitt shortly after her talk. When asked about possible tuition hikes as a result of the consolidation, Nesbitt said that the tuition and fees for fall of 2012 will be “as if none of this is happening” and that any changes would come from the Board of Regents. “Part of being an access institution is having low tuition,” said Nesbitt. Other students asked about possible participation in NCAA sports. NGCSU has a number of teams, but to fund those teams, NGCSU students pay an athletic fee of $166 per semester. Nesbitt believes once consolidation goes through,

GSC students will be able to participate in their athletic programs. Another student asked about GSC’s extensive cocurricular program. GSC received a commendation for the program back in 2004, and Nesbitt said it was something she hoped “to brag about to NGCSU.” A student also asked about GSC’s current bachelor’s degrees. Nesbitt was quick to say that common bachelor’s degrees will fold into each other and that none would be cut due to their need. Degrees that are not shared, such as those in the Institute for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (ISEA), will simply be brought over to the consolidated system. “I don’t think there’s a bigger chance of losing the ISEA than North Georgia losing their military program.” Nesbitt said.

GSC, NGCSU already consolidating as joint campus in Cumming opens Manuel Moreno News Editor Gainesville State College and North Georgia College and State University are collaborating on a new campus in Cumming. The facility will allow students to take courses towards two-year and four-year degrees. North Georgia’s MBA programs will move to the facility as well. Along with Cumming Mayor Ford Gavit and Regent Phillip Wilheit, GSC President Martha Nesbitt and NGCSU President Bonita Jacobs participated in the groundbreaking for the campus. This new University Center in GA 400 marks the construction of a 27-year partnership between NGCSU and GSC with the intent of satisfying the growing need for higher education in the northeast region of the state, Nesbitt said. According to a GSC press release, GSC President


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Martha Nesbitt said the expansion in Cumming was needed. “As a partner with North Georgia College & State University, Gainesville State College, through its ‘student focused, learning centered’ environment, will play an important role in this location. I see this as just the beginning of an exceptional opportunity for the citizens in the region,” Nesbitt said. As the student body from both campuses increases, it is hoped that this new university center will help with capacity pressure that currently exist in both campuses. As of the year 2000, GSC’s capacity has exceeded 100 percent and sin the fall of 2011, more than 1,500 students from Forsyth County were enrolled at both schools with an accurate number of 782 at North Georgia and 806 at Gainesville State College. Jacobs believes in the strong success that both schools have and states that this collaboration between can potentially alleviate some of the economic devel-

opment and help make improvement in the life of the current and prospective students. “North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State College are each very strong, successful schools in helping students enter college and earn a degree. Jointly, through University Center Ga. 400, we will expand students’ pathways of opportunity and enhance the economic development and quality of life in this community,” said Jacobs. This collaboration brings with itself the union between two schools in order to provide students with more choices of two- and four-year undergraduate programs, graduate programs and professional development opportunities. With its location right off exit 16 of Georgia Highway 400, the University Center will attract students from different parts of the North Atlanta metro area. The University Center at Ga. 400 is scheduled to open the fall of 2012. layout of this page Compass Staff

Spring 2012, issue 1  

Issue 1 for spring 2012 of the Gainesville State College Compass