ATLANTA, GA -Georgia Southwestern State University has partnered with Georgia Perimeter College to offer the state's first three-year accelerated bachelor's degree in Georgia. This program begins in the fall of 2010 at GPC.
While the first-half of this degree can be completed either on-line or face to face at GPC, the second half of the program is offered online at Georgia Southwestern. This degree enables Atlanta residents to complete both the Associate of Science (AS) and the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in three years without ever leaving Atlanta.
This joint venture is just another example of cooperation within the University System of Georgia institutions, said Georgia Southwestern State University President Kendall Blanchard.
"The program not only highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of both institutions, but also shows that we recognize the needs of Georgians in these tough economic times. We have to work together within the USG to give our citizens the relevant education they need now," Blanchard said
"In addition," points out GPC's President Anthony S. Tricoli, "Students will only pay $99/unit. Why pay $399/unit when you can receive a 'quality education for a lot less money' from two fully accredited institutions within the University System of Georgia. This program can be completed faster and less expensively than other on-line degree programs offered in Georgia by non-USG institutions. This is a program which was built with our students in mind during these tough economic times."
Georgia Southwestern's BBA is accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This three-year degree in business administration offers students two options: management or accounting. Students who earn an associate of science degrees in business administration at GPC are eligible for this accelerated degree program.
"We are extremely delighted to collaborate with Georgia Perimeter College to give residents of Georgia, especially in the Atlanta metro area, the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Business Administration in an accelerated path," said Dr. John Kooti, Dean of GSW's School of Business. "Both institutions have been very successful in meeting demands by offering quality, flexible business programs. Collaborations like this one with other USG institutions have allowed GSW's online program to grow at a fast pace."
Details of the program are being worked out. Students will still be required to earn 120 credit hours to graduate. They will have to earn them at a pace of 40 credits per year for three years, rather than 30 per year for four years.
Students must satisfy all Georgia Southwestern State University requirements for graduation. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least a "C" average to continue in the program.
"This is a very exciting option for students who want to move at a quicker pace, or who want to get into the workforce a year earlier," Tricoli said.