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GGC may offer 6 new majors

LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College has requested permission to offer six additional academic programs, President Daniel J. Kaufman said Thursday.

Currently, the college offers bachelor's degrees in biology, business, information technology and psychology, and majors in education, nursing and radiologic technology will be launched once the institution becomes accredited.

In response to student interest and need, the college is seeking to add degrees in history, English, political science, exercise science, mathematics and criminology, Kaufman said. The programs, which must be approved by the Board of Regents, cannot be offered until the college is accredited.

"As soon as we're accredited, we want to add programs," Kaufman said. "We're making the request now so when we're approved, we can move forward very quickly."

The college's focus in the coming months will be on becoming an accredited institution, the president said.

Georgia Gwinnett, which was granted candidacy June 26 by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, is drafting a report to show it meets comprehensive standards in areas such as administration, faculty, institutional effectiveness, student affairs and services, and financial and physical resources, Kaufman said.

The report will be completed and submitted to SACS in December, Kaufman said. A nine-person committee representing the regional accrediting agency will visit the college March 31 to April 2 to review the subjects outlined in the college's report and will make a recommendation regarding Georgia Gwinnett's accreditation request. A decision from the SACS Commission is expected in December 2009.

Meanwhile, enrollment management will also continue to be a focus of the college, Kaufman said. The school's enrollment doubled from its second to third year, with more than 1,600 students registered this fall. Georgia Gwinnett's retention levels were higher than the state average, with 75 percent of full-time freshmen students returning to the college.

"For a state college, for an access institution, that is really extraordinary stuff," Kaufman said.