DATE: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Regents approve mission statement for new institution
ATLANTA – The consolidation of Waycross College and South
Georgia College took another step forward today with Board of Regents’
action on a mission statement for the new institution.
The statement reads as follows:
“New college, a state college of the University System
of Georgia, is a multi-campus, student-centered institution offering
high-quality associate and select baccalaureate degree programs. The
institution provides innovative teaching and learning experiences, a
rich array of student activities and athletic programs, access to unique
ecological sites, and residential options to create a diverse,
globally-focused, and supportive learning environment.”
The new mission will be effective upon approval and
accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and
Board of Regents approval in January 2013.
“I am excited about our new mission and believe it is reflective of what we
will strive to provide for higher education and students in our region,”
said Dr. Virginia M. Carson, president of South Georgia College, who will
also serve as president of the new institution.
Dr. Mary Ellen Wilson, interim president of Waycross College, said input was
received across both campuses during the creation of the new mission.
“The mission statement was initially drafted and revised numerous times with
input from various campus constituencies,” Dr. Wilson said. “It establishes
a solid foundation for the consolidated institution.”
Shelley Nickel, associate vice chancellor for Planning and Implementation,
said the approval of the mission was “another milestone in the road to full
“(It is) really the foundation that is essential for all future work as the
consolidation moves forward,” she said. “(The statement) will be the guide
that the campus implementation teams follow in creating (the) new
institution focused on expanding opportunities for students and
strengthening our ability to serve these students.”
In addition to approving the new institution’s mission statement, the
Regents approved mission statements for three other consolidated
institutions as well as name changes for two of those institutions. A name
change for the WC-SGC consolidation will be submitted for board approval
later this year.
The consolidation process is the initiative of USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby,
who envisions consolidation as an important part of his program to create
greater efficiencies in the USG’s operations while enhancing academic
opportunities for students.
When he announced the consolidation plan in January, Huckaby said, “Georgia
needs more of its citizens completing some level of postsecondary education.
But we have to achieve this goal by considering some different approaches –
approaches that put the needs of our students and the imperative to reach
this goal first and foremost.”
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About South Georgia College
South Georgia College (www.sgc.edu)
was founded in 1906 and is located in Douglas, Ga. The college's environment
gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and
close collaboration with faculty. With over 20 majors and transfer
opportunities, South Georgia College provides the finest education possible
to the citizens of its service area.