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February 25, 2014

GMC could expand to four-year degree program

MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia Military College is close to offering students a four-year degree once the state legislature approves the two-year community college to expand its offerings at its campuses.

“The bachelor of applied science degree in supervision and management is offered at six colleges and universities around the state. We wanted to offer it as well because of our location and our ability to support it,” said Dr. Mike Holmes, vice president of academic affairs at GMC. “We have to get the law changed in order to offer more than just first two-year level work. We’re working with state Rep. Rusty Kidd (I-Milledgeville) as well as state Rep. Bubber Epps (R-Dry Branch) who have supported us on this.”

House Bill 763 unanimously passed the House Higher Education Committee last week and the House Rules Committee Monday.

“It will go on to the Senate and state Sen. Burt Jones (R-Jackson) will champion it through the Senate. If approved by Senate and the governor, we will have to get permission from [the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)] and submit a prospectus to increase our offering,” Holmes said. “We don’t anticipate any problems getting it through.”

In October 2012, Central Georgia Technical College President Dr. Ivan Allen allowed GMC to survey CGTC students in order to determine if there was an interest in the bachelor of applied science degree program. Of the 587 respondents, 385 students indicated an interest in pursuing the four-year degree at GMC. 

“Since that survey was conducted, Middle Georgia State College (MGSC) has decided to offer the B.A.S. degree program. GMC will not go into competition with MGSC for students,” Holmes said. “Our initial focus will be in the Columbus, Augusta and possibly the Milledgeville area. We will have to reassess offering the B.A.S. at the Milledgeville campus now that MGSC will offer the [degree].”

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