LAWRENCEVILLE -- In six years, Georgia Gwinnett College has grown by thousands of students, earning it a spot as one of the 10 largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. It also recently made rankings in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report's College Compass.
"GGC's growth is the ultimate indicator that students and their parents recognize its commitment to student success, as well as its quality of integrated educational experience," said President Daniel J. Kaufman. "The college's rankings, which are based on various assessment data, are a testament to our success as an institution and our expanding reputation."
Last year was the college's first appearance in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report's annual college guide. As a new school, it lacked data in several of the categories required by the magazine's ranking methodology. With more assessment data available for the 2013 rankings, GGC debuted in the top 10 Southern public colleges at number six, and was the second-highest ranked public college in Georgia.
The institution also rose to a three-way tie for 58th out of 107 Southern regional colleges.
A 2012-13 College of Distinction, Georgia Gwinnett is achieving high marks in other assessment programs, as well.
According to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), GGC's students rank it in the top 10 percent of colleges nationwide in four key categories -- the level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, supportive campus environment, and student/faculty interaction outside of the classroom.
"While the U.S. News ranking methodology is based on data and reputation measures, the NSSE represents the voices of our students," Kaufman said. "All assessment measures are important, but given GGC's mission and vision, the voices of our students are certainly those to which we pay particular attention. The NSSE data is more closely related to our overall commitment to student success."
Student success has recently become a major focus area for the University System of Georgia, because of its connection to Governor Nathan Deal's emphasis on Complete College Georgia.
"Engaged students are more likely to stay in college and graduate," Kaufman said. "Our NSSE scores indicate that our own students think we are doing a great job when it comes to providing them with a high-quality educational experience."
The U.S. Department of Education recently published a list of promising and practical strategies for student success submitted by colleges across the country. Georgia Gwinnett College is one of about 100 colleges in the nation selected for the list.
And GGC continues to grow.
The institution recently hired an additional 52 full-time and 60 part-time faculty positions to serve its expanding student body, bringing the college's full-time faculty to 352 and part-time to 217, for a total of 569 faculty.