Four two-year colleges will offer bachelor’s degrees

Four of Georgia’s public two-year schools will begin offering limited bachelor’s degree programs following approval by the Board of Regents at its May meeting. Darton College (Albany), Atlanta Metropolitan College, Georgia Perimeter College (Metro Atlanta), and Georgia Highlands College (Rome) are affected by the change. Their status will change from two-year colleges to “state collages.”

According to the University System of Georgia, “The state college sector was established in 1998 and categorizes two-year, associate-degree granting institutions that have been authorized by the Board to offer a limited number of four-year baccalaureate degree programs. The University System’s other institutional categories are: research universities, regional universities, state universities, and two-year colleges. With today’s actions, there are now 12 USG institutions in the state college sector.”

Darton and Georgia Highlands, which currently offer associate’s degrees in nursing, will now offer bachelor of science degrees in nursing. Atlanta Metropolitan will offer a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. Georgia Perimeter will offer a bachelor of arts with a major in sign language interpreting and a bachelor of science with a major in health informatics (management of patient information systems.) At Georgia Perimeter, the major will be available at all five of the school’s campuses in north and east Metro Atlanta.

Startup dates for the programs will depend on review by accrediting agencies.

To read USG’s announcement of the change, click here.

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Georgia Colleges is published and edited by Jonathan Grant, an Atlanta-based author whose works include the award-winning The Way It Was in the South: The Black Experience in Georgia (University of Georgia Press). He is currently developing a guidebook to Georgia colleges for parents, students, and educators.

Grant graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English. He is a former newspaper reporter, editor, and bureau chief with The Macon Telegraph and served as a Georgia state government spokesman for several years.

He lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife, Judy, and two children–a college freshman and a high school senior. Actively involved in community affairs, he has served as a PTA president, a local school council member, and as a soccer coach for twelve seasons.