SPSU and GHC extend collaborative partnership
MARIETTA – Southern Polytechnic State University and Georgia Highlands College have agreed to extend their collaborative partnership for at least three more years. GHC has offered classes on the SPSU campus since 2005.
The collaboration benefits both institutions. GHC students can experience a more traditional campus that offers residence and dining halls while participating in the multitude of student organizations on the SPSU campus. SPSU benefits from the infusion of additional students with diverse interests that GHC students bring to the campus. In addition, students who complete a minimum of 30 hours with Georgia Highlands may transfer seamlessly into SPSU’s academic programs.
Dr. Lisa A. Rossbacher, president for SPSU, welcomes the continued collaboration. "This partnership is a true success story in the University System of Georgia. By working together, we are enriching the academic experience for students, expanding the classes available to them, and making the most effective use of facilities. This alliance of Georgia Highlands and Southern Polytechnic benefits all our students."
Dr. Renva Watterson, interim president of GHC, believes such collaborative arrangements among University System of Georgia institutions strengthen the system by offering a greater variety of options to students. “Southern Poly and its staff have been very welcoming and cooperative to everyone at Georgia Highlands. They have been a very gracious host. Our students enjoy the resources and campus life of a premier state university, while maintaining the benefits of a small college.”
Southern Polytechnic State University is a comprehensive university with a statewide mission to offer bachelors and masters degrees in science, engineering and technology. Georgia Highlands is an open-access state college that offers a core curriculum for the first two years of college.