SGA explains need for Complete College Georgia

Lauren Gorla

The Student Government Association is exploring reasons why students are not graduating from Georgia Southern University and working to introduce the Complete College Georgia plan to GSU.

The Complete College Georgia committee is composed of professors from the different colleges across campus and is part of a larger movement across America to increase graduation rates.

Waiting to register for classes can delay graduation, Vice President of Academic Affairs Chad Harmon said.

“Right now there around 3,000 students who have yet to register for classes,” Harmon said.

Many students that are not registering on time, taking a full course load of 15 hours or taking summer classes are having a hard time graduating in four years, and that’s what our committee is working on right now, Harmon said.

The new plan is working towards having 250,000 new Georgians with a post-secondary degree by the year 2020, Harmon said.

The new plan would also possibly put into effect a formula-funding program for colleges in Georgia.

“From what Provost Bartels is seeing, it seems like schools are going to start getting a base funding but then possibly in the future getting incentive funding if you increase your graduation rates,” Harmon said.

One of the things affecting students’ graduation rate here at GSU is that many students are starting here but are transferring to other colleges, which has a negative effect on the rates, Harmon said.

Harmon said, “(Provost Bartels) reiterated that even though we are going to be expected to increase graduation rates that we’re not going to let the quality of education here at Georgia Southern diminish.”