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Ceremony to honor champions of Complete College Georgia

Complete College Georgia aims to increase the percentage of Georgia's population with some level of college completion to 60 percent by 2020.

On Feb. 25, the University of North Georgia (UNG) hosted University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby and the Complete College Georgia (CCG) Team to honor UNG personnel and programs that have positively impacted the CCG initiative.

Instituted by the office of Gov. Nathan Deal in 2011, CCG aims to increase the percentage of Georgia's population with some level of college completion from a then-42 percent to 60 percent by 2020.

"I am very encouraged to see how the University of North Georgia has embraced the principles of the Complete College Georgia initiative," said Dr. Rob Anderson, vice chancellor for educational access and success for the USG. "Their efforts to educate a growing number of students in a more time-efficient and cost-efficient manner is exactly what Georgia needs to improve the lives of all its citizens while also growing the state's economy. The steadfast commitment of the university's faculty and staff to these efforts should be commended."

Those efforts include:

  • 15 to Finish, an initiative between UNG and Georgia that encourages college students to take 15 hours per semester, earned a 34 percent increase in success rate over the past two years
  • The Dahlonega Campus and Gainesville Campus Testing Centers, which administer CLEP testing to help qualified students skip courses, made College Board's top 100 list for Best Performing Test Centers in the United States for 2014-2015
  • The Center for Adult Learners and Military awarded 238 hours to military transcripts in 2014
  • UNG's dual enrollment has increased 135 percent  over the past three years
  • The university secured a 71 percent  increase in online-course registrations over the past two years

Several units, students, faculty and staff received awards for their roles in supporting CCG.

  • Unit Awards: Academic Advising, Enrollment Management, Testing, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Individual Awards: Charles Bell, dual-enrollment coordinator; Stephanie Hulsey, online student success coordinator; Christy Orr, adult learner and military outreach coordinator; Rose Procter, director for BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership
  • Student Awards: Robert J. Bates, Obadi Obadi, Hollyann C. Smith
  • Faculty Awards: Dr. George Danns, professor of sociology and faculty senate chair; Dr. Sheri Hardee, associate dean of the College of Education; Dr. Steve Pearson, assistant professor of English
  • Leadership Awards: Dr. Barbara Brown, USG assistant vice chancellor for transitional and general education; Dr. Chaudron Gille, associate vice president for university affairs and academic services

"The number of programs and people who have come together to make the university's Complete College Georgia initiative successful is truly remarkable," said Sheila Caldwell, director of CCG at UNG. "This event offered us all a chance to commend those who are making a direct contribution to ensuring a more educated workforce for our region and state. Furthermore, it provides a foundation we can build on and a vision for the future."


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