About Complete College Georgia at UNG
The University of North Georgia (UNG), as a member of the University System of Georgia (USG), has developed an institutional plan to support the Complete College Georgia initiative. Complete College Georgia was announced by Gov. Nathan Deal as a statewide initiative in the wake of a 2011 study by Georgetown University that found Georgia will need to increase the percentage of its population with some level of college completion from a current 42 percent to 60 percent to meet projected workforce needs. The result is an ambitious goal of adding 250,000 postsecondary graduates to Georgia’s workforce by 2020.
The mission of UNG emphasizes academic excellence, a student-focused environment, and distinction as a state leadership institution and The Military College of Georgia. With four campuses located across the northern region of the state, and through partnerships with local educational agencies, government, and industry, the new university is strategically situated to address the critical need for an educated workforce for economic growth in the region. The Complete College Georgia plan for UNG builds on a history of exemplary institutional initiatives aimed at improving student success and retention, progression, and graduation.
The USG has proposed five strategies to fulfill Governor Deal’s Complete College Georgia plan. These strategies are:
- Strategy 1: Enhance Partnerships with K-12
- Strategy 2: Improve Access and Completion for Students Traditionally Underserved
- Strategy 3: Improve Time to Degree Completion
- Strategy 4: Restructure Instructional Delivery
- Strategy 5: Transform Remediation
In analyzing our various data sources, the CCG team has identified four themes which influence how we have approached setting goals to meet the five strategies identified by the USG.
- Too many students are coming out of K-12 not academically prepared for college and requiring academic support.
- At-risk populations need better preparation for connecting to, engaging in, and navigating college.
- A high number of students, especially Hispanic and non-traditional, accrue substantially more hours at the time of degree completion than required.
- Financial reasons are a significant contributor to student drop-out/stop-out.
The themes we have identified align perfectly with the five strategies proposed by the USG.
- Themes A and B shaped the goals we have set for Strategy 1.
- Themes B and D shaped the goals we have set for Strategy 2.
- Themes B and C have influenced our goals for Strategy 3.
- Data themes A, B, and C guided the setting of goals for Strategy 4.
- And finally, themes A, B and C have informed the setting of goals for Strategy 5.
Overall, we have set twelve goals. We have detailed the tactics we will use to achieve them. Furthermore, we have identified methods of assessing the impact of each of these tactics so that we can monitor our progress toward these goals on a yearly basis.
Grounded in the successes and strengths of the past and inspired by the potential of the new University of North Georgia, the UNG Complete College Georgia plan seeks to transform educational attainment in the northern part of the state, making the regions of Northeast Georgia and Georgia Mountains one of the most vibrant and dynamic areas in Georgia and the Southeast.